A couple of friends and I were planning to have a casual dinner in Flatiron, but the restaurant we chose closed early. How fortuitous that we stumbled upon Obica Mozzarella Bar located right across the street. After checking out the menu (which looked great), we decided to give it a shot and were seated immediately. The service was fantastic — everyone was super friendly and helpful. We started off with a few glasses of a beautiful sparkling wine, Asprinio d’Aversa, and sampled a bunch of dishes, including the burrata (scrumptiously creamy), mozzarella in carrozza (I love fried cheese), caponata alla Siciliana (Italians know how to prepare eggplant the right way), and the fregola insalate (one of the best salads I’ve ever had! That Sardinian couscous was absolutely delicious). We shared the tiramisu for dessert, which was awesome. There were still so many dishes on the menu that I was dying to try — especially the pizzas, pastas, and more of the amazing mozzarella that Obica is known for! I learned from Obica’s website that Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, made from the milk of water buffalos, is the best mozzarella in the world. This special mozzarella is imported twice a week and is DOP Certified (Denomination Origin Protected). Can’t wait to return for more delicious eats by Executive Chef Enzo Neri!
Obica Mozzarella Bar: 928 Broadway (between East 21st & 22nd Street)
Asprinio d’Aversa DOC Metodo Classico – I Borboni Asprinio
Caponata alla Siciliana (Sicilian Eggplant Stew)
Mozzarella in Carrozza (Deep Fried Mozzarella di Bufala Toast)
Fregola Insalate (Sardinian Couscous with Seared Tuna, Marinated Artichokes, Boiled Eggs, String Beans, Mint)
(Footnote: Please excuse the poor quality of the photographs. I didn’t have my Canon camera with me and had to resort to using the flash on my iPhone — which I normally hate to do. I’ll be back soon to get some much better pics!)