(photo: Evan Sung)

The LA mozzarella bar that transports you to Italy

By Jean Trinh

Watching Call Me By Your Name may momentarily satisfy your longings for a trip to Italy, but dining at Obicà will transport you one giant step closer. This casual and modern restaurant, which got its start in Rome and now has three locations in LA and dozens around the globe, is helmed by folks so serious about cheese that they fly in buffalo mozzarella from Campania to California on a weekly basis.

It’s no surprise the Los Angeles Times gave Obicà accolades for “serving up some of the freshest mozzarella around.” The bottom line: There’s no way you’re not ordering their next-level mozzarella sampler. This delightful opening act is a tour for the tastebuds, the creamy cheese complemented by pungent anchovies and marinated artichokes.
Obicà also imports luscious prosciutto and mortadella from Italy, while their pizza dough is a mixture of Italian flours that, when left to rise for 48 hours, produces a light and airy crust. Simplicity, organic ingredients, and freshness are the cornerstones of every dish here. That’s why one of Obicà’s best pizzas is humbly dressed with a sweet tomato sauce, spread of spicy ‘nduja sausage, and dollops of lush stracciatella di burrata.

For the headliner, you’ll definitely want to consider one of Obicà’s fresh pastas, like the wide pappardelle egg noodles swirled with a rich duck ragù, pictured below. Finish it off with a slice of creamy buffalo ricotta cheesecake speckled with chunks of fragrant pears. Don’t worry if you’ve ordered too much, because what’s a true Italian meal if it isn’t multi-coursed, savored and shared with loved ones, and sending you home in a food coma—with leftovers?

Pappardelle al ragù di anatra (photo: Jean Trinh)


West Hollywood: Mon–Thu noon–10 PM; Fri noon–11 PM; Sat 10 AM–11 PM; Sun 10 AM–10 PM
Century City: Sun–Thu 11:30 AM–10 PM; Fri–Sat 11:30 AM–11 PM
Santa Monica: Mon–Thu noon–10 PM; Fri noon–11 PM; Sat 10 AM–11 PM; Sun 10 AM–10 PM

price range

$8 (ricotta di bufala) to $29 (tagliata)