Obika Mozzarella Bar

10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Century City, CA 90067
310-556-2452

Details

  • Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm
  • $$
  • Wheelchair Accessible, Catering, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Garage Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
In Century City, the new Obikà, part of a worldwide chain, occupies a sort of no-man's-land on the second level, across from a blank wall of Bloomingdale's, a speed bump on the way to the multiplex. As in Rome, the central feature of the restaurant is the line of glass tanks where globes of cheese, flown in a few times a week from Italy, float like Jeff Koons basketballs. Ordering at Obikà, whose meals tend to resemble snacks more than they do lunch or dinner, can be confusing. But as at the Roman original, you probably can figure out the drill: You order a ball of cheese, either the oozing cream-stuffed burrata, a buffalo-milk mozzarella or a slightly ashtray-tinged smoked mozzarella, and a bit of meat to go with it, perhaps a few slices of nutty-tasting prosciutto from San Daniele, some Felino salami or a smear of the spicy Calabrian sausage n'duja. (Imported n'duja has never before made it to Los Angeles.) There is a small selection of southern Italian wines by the bottle or glass. If a fried snack seems appropriate, there are mozzarella balls or mozzarella in carroza, like deep-fried sandwiches; if you feel like pasta, the twisted trofie with pesto or the fat tubes of gragnano schiaffoni with tomatoes; if dessert, the ricotta mousse with honey and pine nuts. Still, no matter how hard you squint, no matter how tasty the Negroni in your hand, the Piazza di Firenze seems very far away.

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