"Here it is!" Obicà states proudly—that's the direct Neapolitan translation of its name. The new Flatiron Italian joint, originally a mozzarella bar, imports exceptional DOP varieties twice weekly. The best is the plush burrata ($12), luscious blobs of milky splendor, which could make a meal in itself when paired with a zesty Caponata alla Siciliana eggplant casserole ($9) or hearty bruschette ($12). But then you would miss out on the dizzying array of house-made pastas and bountiful salads.
Or are you jonesing for pizza? Obicà fills that bill as well, featuring fresh, stone-ground flours that transform into pliant, nutty crusts—the Funghi Porcini ($19) alone is worth a visit. Swinging in for cocktails? Obicà’s bar program shines, defined by uncomplicated concoctions brimming with inspired fruit and vegetable purees. But it's certainly not just a bar: The neo-industrial dining room is about as big as the menu.
Obicà relies heavily on impeccable ingredients, sourcing from local farmers whenever possible. Some dishes suffer from under-seasoning, but the quality of ingredients helps compensate and portion sizes are generous enough to impart a sense of opulence. Oh, and you can always DIY with the table’s salt, pepper, chili flakes and remarkably vibrant olive oil.
Service is gracious and friendly, attentive in a most unobtrusive fashion and never not smiling. The conviviality reflects the ambiance: lively but not raucous. If it's a little noisy, it's fully justified, because diners at Obicà are having a wonderful time.
BY: TIME OUT COMMUNITY REVIEWER DEBORAH FENKER
|Venue name:||Obicà Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina||Contact:|
|Cross street:||between 21st and 22nd Sts|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu noon-10pm; Fri-Sat noon-11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average entree: $24. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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Great little spot in the heart of the Flatiron neighborhood. If you love mozz and wine, and wine this is your place. The happy hour special is great and the atmosphere is nice. It's not the most quiet inside, so if you're looking for a more intimate setting, this would not be my recommendation. Unfortunately, there are not many gluten free option here. My GF peeps will be able to eat off the mozzarella bar menu, but you'll have to pass on the pizzas.