Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria

4.8
156 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria located in Upper West Side in 994 Columbus Avenue has the goal to serve delicious Italian dishes. Orto e mare, translated to "Garden and Sea" in Italian, has the main purpose to prepare dishes with the highest quality ingredients from the green land and the sea.


Our pizza is baked in wood-fired oven creating a crispier crust and a smoky flavor. Ortomare traditional Italian atmosphere is just fair for any occasion. Our mission is to provide our customers with the authentic Italian taste and Ortomare to become your favorite place to come back.
What 156 People Are Saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAtheaT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was really nice

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amys
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Members of the party were late for the reservation but even though full and busy the restaurant graciously accommodated us. The staff are warm but efficient and the food is definitely well above the typical neighborhood red sauce joint.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful old-school Italian with friendly staff and great ambiance

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vipTanobi1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The pizzas and pancakes were absolutely delectable! What more can a family ask for?!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff...

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vipmarzanne
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent, friendly and professional. Everything we ordered was delicious in this casual neighborhood gem. They were very welcoming. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would give them 6 stars if I could. I made reservations here for Mother's Day for a group of 11 which included two toddlers. We're from FL and were having a hard time finding last minute reservations, but this place was a hit!! Our table was ready and waiting. The waiter was so nice and accommodating. The didn't have a kids menu, but were happy to bring us ziti with butter for the little ones. They suggested a wine for my father in law and brought him a sample followed by complimentary bread for the table. The food was great. Some people thought the portions could have been a little larger but for me, I was very satisfied. The two little ones unfortunately had two spills (luckily just water) but the staff was so understanding and quickly mopped it up. The restaurant was cozy but not cramped, like many Manhattan restaurants. Thank you to the staff for making our Mother's Day a very memorable one. We hope to be back for another lovely meal on our next trip to Manhattan.

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NiahM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always satisfied never disappointed !
Great service

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GeckoDine
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food - homemade pastas and fabulous pizzas - and super friendly service. New family favorite.

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TPCR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy that this place opened back up a few weeks ago. They have a proper pizza oven and the crust is fantastic. Service is great, food came out quickly. Nice wine list. We sat outside so was a bit noisy with street traffic on Columbus but overall a pleasant dinner on a Friday night.

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vipFoodieNYC
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ortomare is a jewel on the Upper West Side. The service was outstanding, a rarity these days: friendly, attentive without being intrusive, helpful. We sat outside on this quiet street and ate the most delicious pizza I've had in a long time in NYC. The crust is thin, but with a lovely, chewy dough exterior and put into a wood-burning oven for exactly 90 seconds, according to our waiter. There are many tempting choices, but I had the special pizza - a white pie with walnut, pear and gorgonzola. I was dreaming about it for days after. Other stand outs: the chicken parmesan, the Ortomare salad (although more than one shrimp, please!), the sausage/mushroom pizza, tartufo pizza. There were 4 of us and everyone wants to go back. A bottle of wine is affordable as well. Our new favorite Italian. We were too full for dessert, but the chef sent out a panna cotta on the house, which came with a deep burnt caramel sauce. Let's just say there was nothing left on the plate! Highly recommended.

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vipsunshine
New York Area
520 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was our second time here and the other time was before Covid. We had been wanting to come back but hadn't since we are a bit south of there. We brought friends with us this time and they enjoyed it as did we and we all said we would come back. Many good food choices and interesting wines by the glass at fair prices with good pours. The staff is very welcoming so coupled with all else they have a winning formula. Hope more people try it.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious! Great service. Will definitely go again!

JM
vipJimM
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delightful find! We were looking for alternatives for a regular Tuesday dinner group. This fit the bill in every way. Everyone enjoyed their meals (the daily special lasagna was a hit) and the very reasonably priced bottle of wine was very good. Looking forward to another visit soon.

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admc
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service with very attentive servers. My husband and daughter loved their pizzas and my chicken parmigiana was excellent. Well separated inside tables made us feel very comfortable.

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GinnineC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super delicious food, friendly staff, comfortable space; I have return reservations next
week!!

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LeaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Very authentic Italian food.

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GeckoDine
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in a friendly and warm atmosphere. Homemade pasta and delicious pasta.
Great service and friendly owner. We will definitely return!

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vipCGould
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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vipCGould
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ortomare is always wonderful. The food is amazing and the staff are all so friendly. It feels like you are visiting your Italian family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and excellent service. Will def be visiting again and again.

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Anonymous
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was glad to be back at Ortomare and see them survive during the pandemic. I loved the appetizer crispy fried artichokes and zucchini with taleggio cheese. Homemade fettuccine with traditional bolognese sauce was fantastic too. All the safety measures were in place too. Tables are divided with dividers. Looking forward to visit again soon.

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vipcinth
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Such great service and a cozy enviornment. The pizza was divine.

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colec
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pizza in Manhattan. Carciofi pizza has such a delicate flavor. Lava cake was delicious too.

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brif
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always come back at Ortomare for the best traditional traditional wood fired pizza. And the cocktails are amazing too.

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RinNYC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner/manager was so friendly and attentive. The tables are separated by plexiglass partitions. The waitstaff is masked. We had a lovely evening with friends. This is one of our local go-to restaurants for a relaxed night out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, Great, Great. Loved the cocktails ❤️

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Eleanore
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I feel very fortunate to have such good food and pleasant atmosphere right in my neighborhood. It’s not inexpensive but good value and I hope they can weather the storm as we need them.

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NadineK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always good at Otomare, we eat there regularly. It was delightful to sit outside in a tent with an electric heater.

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vipcomp129
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our grandson's birthday, this was our first venture eating indoors in a year. Everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in the hood!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Good is fresh and delicious.

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PeterDinesOut
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for a special Valentine's Day meal, so we didn't opt for the pizza, though it looked good. My steak, which was grilled, was outstandingly tender, and the accompanying vegetables, also grilled, were fresh and tender. The burata appetizer was soft and succulent. The tiramisu, our favorite dessert, was a little different on top, but still pleased us traditionalists. The staff was friendly and clearly elated to have customers returning to indoor dining. each booth was separated with a barrier.

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vipSeasons123
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in town!!! Absolutely delicious!!

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vipCassidyH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute little Italian place with great pasta & good service!

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vipDANIELMARKSCOHEN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood place, still holding on in this pandemic, love their woodfired pizza, and authentic Italian food. Superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite pizza on the UWS! Fantastic service, always a delight!

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Nova
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

DECEMBER 2020 OUTDOOR DINING:

I came here to celebrate a friend’s birthday (she loves Italian food) and I researched a lot of places before choosing Ortomare, mostly due to their reviews. I am so happy with my decision. For what it was (sitting outside in 35 degree weather) it was perfect.

FOOD: First, we shared one of their Neapolitan style margherita pies. The crust was perfectly charred and crispy and the sauce and cheese was well balanced and outstanding. We asked for truffle oil to be added and it took the pie to the next level. For the entree, I had the wild mushroom and spinach fettuccine and my friend had a customized chicken Alfredo pasta which they graciously accommodated exactly to her liking. The freshness and flavors of the pasta dishes was delicious.

We finished the evening with chocolate cake and peppermint tea...I asked if they could put a candle in it and they did...and even sang to her.

SERVICE: All in all couldn’t have asked for a better experience. They truly went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and taken care of and we never felt rushed or pressured. It was such a great experience during these crazy times.

I will definitely be returning and recommending this place and wish them continued success. If they took such great care of us under lockdown I can only imagine how great the experience would be for indoor dining. Thank you Ortomare!

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The wait staff could not have been friendlier and more helpful. I will be visiting many many more times!

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You can order delivery directly from Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria using the Order Online button. Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 665-2970.

Ortomare Ristorante Pizzeria is rated 4.8 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.