Obicà, meaning “here it is” in Italian, has opened Obicà Mozzarella Bar, its third Los Angeles location, in Sunset Plaza. It occupies the former Avenue 31 space.
Part of a global restaurant group with locations in New York, Tokyo, LA, London, and Dubai, Obicà Mozzarella Bar is a sleek modern restaurant featuring imported mozzarella di bufala from cheese makers in Campania in southern Italy. The menu features authentic Italian dishes.
Guests can choose from delicate, smoked, or creamy bufala, as well as black truffle burrata. Appetizers also include a huge variety of small plates including carpaccio with arugula, smoked-cured pork with dates, asparagus and pecorino cheese, beef tartare with black truffle and quail egg, salon with avocado and poppy seeds, deep fried mozzarella with tomato dip, Sicilian eggplant casserole, and an assortment of roasted vegetables.
Salads include burrata with red and gold beets, spinach, and string beans; avocado, salmon, almonds, and arugula; black rice, octopus, green beans, peas, avocado, and yellow peppers; chicken, spinach, radish, sundried tomatoes, and pomegranate; and red cabbage, green apples, cashews, and squash.
Pizzas are prepared with a blend of organic white and wheat flour and include tomato and mozzarella, prosciutto, burrata and sausage, black truffle and ham, egg, asparagus, and Parmigiano Reggiano, and porcini mushrooms.
Fresh pastas include butternut squash and goat cheese; tomato, mozzarella, and basil; wheat pasta with basil pesto and potatoes; spinach lasagna with beef ragu; black kale ravioli with sage butter sauce; squid ink pasta with crab and sea urchin; and rosemary pasta with duck ragu and orange zest.
Other main dishes include an Angus filet of beef with baby potatoes; branzino with black eyed peas and green beans; chicken breast stuffed with black truffle and kale; slow-cooked beef with nebbiolo sauce and corn polenta; lamb chops in a hazelnut crust with spinach strudel; and seared salmon with rapini.
Obicà also offers a “La Prima Volta,” a first-time tasting menu, which includes a mozzarella, basil, and heirloom tomato caprese; Sicilian eggplant casserole; tomato, mozzarella, and basil pizza; spinach lasagna; and a flourless chocolate almond cake, all for $38 per person.
Diners can choose to sit in the front patio area, perfect for people-watching on Sunset Boulevard; inside at the long marble bar or at one of a few cozy tabletops; or outside on the romantic back patio overlooking the city.
Desserts include a flourless chocolate cake, passion fruit panna cotta, tiramisu, pear with cinnamon gelato, and salted caramel brittle with zabajone gelato.