Obika Expands its Mozzarella Operation to Beverly Center, Now Open

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Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

While you were sleeping off the tryptophan last Friday morning, Obika was opening a second location of its Italian mozzarella mecca. Founded in Rome by Silvio Ursini in 2004, Obika opened this past September at Westfield Century City, the first L.A. location for a restaurant that has spread to Japan, New York, Kuwait, and London, among other corners of the world. The new Obika opened at 8:00 A.M. last Friday on the sixth floor of Beverly Center, in a casual setting for its high-grade Italian ingredients and thrice-weekly imports of mozzarella. This new location offers a seasonal menu of panini featuring such takes as smoked wild salmon with burrata and speck affumicato dell'alto adige with grilled artichokes. The restaurant opened early to fill the bellies of those rabid black Friday shoppers, but will normally start serving at 10:00 A.M. daily. But for weary or uninspired holiday mall shoppers, the good news finds Obika stocked with a daily apertivo hour for bar snacks with wine or cocktails. Check out the full menu below.

Obika, 8500 Beverly Blvd. #K604. West Hollywood. 310-652-2088.

MINI-PANINI

Bufala and Crudo - Prosciutto Crudo San Daniele DOP
and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP on mini Milk Roll 3

Salmone - Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon, Stracciatella di Burrata
and Wild Arugula on mini Rye Roll 3

Culatello, Butter and Ground Black Pepper on mini White Roll 3

Vegetariano - Grilled Organic Vegetables, Yellow Peppers
and Sundried Tomatoes on mini White Roll 3

Trio di Mini-panini 8

PANINI

Bufala and Tomato - Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP,
Tomatoes, Basil Leaf and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil on Focaccia 8

Bufala and Crudo - Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP and
Prosciutto Crudo San Daniele DOP on Croissant 9

Salmone - Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon, Stracciatella di Burrata
and Wild Arugula on Piadina 10

Culatello, Butter and Ground Black Pepper on Sfilatino 10

Salame Felino on Sfilatino 8

Vegetariano - Grilled Organic Vegetables, Yellow Peppers and
Sundried Tomatoes on Focaccia 8

Speck and Artichokes - Speck Affumicato dell’Alto Adige,
Grilled Artichokes and Wild Arugula on Sfilatino 9

Bresaola, Parmigiano Reggiano and Wild Arugula on Sfilatino 9

Bufala and Spinach - Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP,
Organic Steamed Spinach and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil on Ciabatta 9

Tonno - Homemade Tuna Salad with Pickles and Fresh Mayonnaise
on Piadina 8

Fontina from Val d’Aosta and Oven Roasted Rosemary Ham
on Piadina 9

Speck and Taleggio - Speck Affumicato from Alto Adige
and Taleggio di Bufala Cheese on Sfilatino 10

Sweet Gorgonzola Cheese, Walnuts and Wild Arugula on Ciabatta 8

ANTIPASTI - Starters

Trio di Pesti: Basil, Black Olives, Sundried Tomatoes with Crostini 6

Crostini con N’duja - Spicy Sausage Paté from Calabria 7

Caponata alla Siciliana - Sicilian Eggplant Casserole 8

Pinzimonio - Assortment of Raw Organic Vegetables
with Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 7

Crudo - Prosciutto Crudo San Daniele DOP with Cantaloupe or Figs 12

Trio di Affumicati - Smoked Tuna, Swordfish and Salmon 10

Crema di Pomodoro - Chilled Organic Tomato Soup with Basil,
Stracciatella di Burrata and Crostini 8

Zuppa di Zucca - Winter Squash Soup with Fresh Herbs and Goat Cheese 8

INSALATE BIOLOGICHE - Organic Salads

Mista di Stagione - Seasonal Garden Mix 7

Prosciutto Cotto - Oven Roasted Ham, Baby Spinach, Walnuts
and Pecorino Romano 12

Bresaola - Cured Beef, Oranges, Arugula and Fennel 13

Tonno - Cured Tuna in Olive Oil, Baby Lettuce, Caperberries,
Oven Baked Olives and Sundried Tomatoes 13

Salmone - Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon, Mâche Leaves, Arugula,
Avocado and Cherry Tomatoes 14

Burrata - Red Beets, Baby Spinach and Burrata with Roasted Pine Nuts 12

Pollo Ruspante - Free-Range Chicken with Baby Spinach, Horseradish Sprouts, European Radish, Sundried Tomatoes, Pomegranate and Balsamic Vinaigrette 13

All of the above Salads can be enriched with diced Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP 5

PRIMI E PIETANZE - Pasta and Main Courses
Lasagne with Smoked Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP, Radicchio and Speck from Alto Adige 15

Cannelloni with Ricotta, Organic Broccoli and Fontina from Val d’Aosta 14

Crespelle with Asparagus and Ricotta with Pecorino Romano Fondue 14

Tortino - Rice and Eggplant with Smoked Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP 12

Parmigiana - Grilled Eggplant, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP, Tomatoes 14

Salmone Affumicato - Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes, Capers, Ricotta and Crostini 16

Bresaola - Cured Beef with Arugula and Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano 18

LE DEGUSTAZIONI - The Mozzarella Di Bufala Experience

Degustazione di Mozzarelle di Bufala Campana DOP:
Classica, Affumicata and Stracciatella di Burrata (2 people) 27

Gran Degustazione di Mozzarelle di Bufala Campana DOP:
Classica, Affumicata, Stracciatella di Burrata, Ricotta and Trio di Rotoli (4 people) 58

Accompanied by: small/large
• Selezione di Salumi - Choose 3: Prosciutto Crudo San Daniele DOP,
Salame Felino, Mortadella al Pistacchio, Speck Affumicato, Prosciutto
Cotto al Forno (Ham), or Culatello 8/16
• Selezione di Verdure - Grilled Organic Vegetables 5/10
• Trio di Pesti - Basil, Black Olives, Sundried Tomatoes 5/10

LE SELEZIONI - Our Pairings
Choose one Mozzarella:

Classica
delicate

Affumicata
smoked

Stracciatella di Burrata
sweet and creamy

Choose one accompaniment:

• Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Pesto 14
• Caponata alla Siciliana - Sicilian
Eggplant Casserole 14
• Selezione di Verdure - Grilled Organic
Vegetables with Basil Pesto 14
• Prosciutto Crudo San Daniele DOP 18
• Prosciutto Cotto al Forno (Ham) 16
• Salame Felino 16
• Mortadella al Pistacchio 14
• Speck Affumicato dell’Alto Adige 16
• Culatello and Marinated Artichokes 18
• Anchovies from Sciacca and
Sundried Tomatoes 14
• Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon 18
• Selezione di Salumi - Prosciutto Crudo
San Daniele DOP, Prosciutto Cotto
al Forno (Ham), Salame Felino 17

I ROTOLI DI MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA
The Mozzarella di Bufala Rolls

With Prosciutto Cotto al Forno (Ham) and Radicchio 18
With Bresaola and Arugula 18
With Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon and Arugula 20
Trio di Rotoli 19