Orto's chefs embrace the Old World roots of Italian-American cuisine. In doing so, they alter the selection on a daily basis to incorporate the choicest ingredients, ensuring that their rustic pasta dishes and hearty entrees maintain a home-cooked charm. At the same time, North American influences shine through in dishes such as semolina-breaded fried chicken and slow-roasted pork jowls with salsa verde. Orto also features a curated wine list brimming with Italian choices, though the eatery also allows diners to bring a bottle of their favorite wine from home.
Housed within a building that dates back to the 1820s, per the New York Times, the restaurant's dining room evokes the ambiance of an Italian home. Weathered wooden columns and ceiling beams complement the warm tones of earthenware tile floors and eggshell walls. This intimately lit, aged look lends a cozy and inviting vibe to the space, which mirrors the rustic spirit of the menu.