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An American-inspired pizzeria that makes its crusts using a combination of cornmeal and wheat flour - the only one in W2, and in all of London for that matter.

London is now officially crawling with pizzerias, but Otto is the only one we know of that has set out to distinguish itself from the me-too places by using a cornmeal-wheat flour combination to make its crust bases.

The owners of Otto, two ex-bankers, were inspired to use novel pizza bases following a visit to a pizzeria in Portland, Oregon. (The cornmeal method is not unheard-of in the US.) The result is a deep-based yellow pizza base with an appealing granular texture, not the thin, slightly elastic base of the Neapolitan version. Note: using wheat flour with the cornmeal means that these bases are not gluten-free; but Otto also offers a gluten-free option.

Some of Otto’s toppings are conventional but some are anything but: red lentil kofte and Brooklyn chicken are two that we haven't seen anywhere else. Otto also differs from many pizza places in serving by the slice (they recommend two or three per person) rather than whole pies. But if there are two of you, sharing a whole pie presents no problem.

Drinks list and dessert list are both short. The sweet roster includes a selection of floats: vanilla ice cream in a large glass of soda. If you want to know what it's like to be a happy ten-year-old American on a hot summer day, order the root beer float.

Venue name: Otto
Address: 6 Chepstow Rd
W2 5BH
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5.30-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm.
Transport: Tube: Notting Hill Gate tube
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £60

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Sarah Kaye

We actually ordered delivery from Otto and were very happy we opted for the mixed slice vegetarian pizza. You get 6 slices, with inventive, plentiful toppings (the pumpkin and feta was a particular favourite but the falafel and tahini one was fought-over too). The crust is crispy, crunchy and filling; we definitely preferred it over a regular crust. With pizza, slice after slice becomes a bit samey but in this case each slice was different so kept the palate fresh and engaged. I would definitely recommend this pizza/pie like option!