Monday, March 16, 2009

Okibà Mozzarella Bar Comes to Campo de Fiori.

Okibà means "here it is" in Neapolitan dialect. The first Okibà opened in Rome four years ago.

The extremely popular restaurant in Los Angeles, Mozza, was "inspired" by Obikà as were several other high profile restaurants in the States after their owners visited the Rome restaurant.

Now the owner, Naples native Silvio Ursini, is expanding. There's already one in Milan and another recently opened in New York City. Here is the article from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/dining/17mozza.html?_r=1

I've only been to the one in Milan but I'm excited to check this place out.



13 comments:

glamah16 said...

We need something like that here.

homebody at heart said...

Do they just serve cheese? Not that that wouldn't be bad in Italy. I'm sure it's delicious but we need something like it on the West Coast.

Gil said...

The link to the NY Times brings me back to your blog.

Milanese Masala said...

Am very hungry right now. Where did you say that bar was in Milan???

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

glamah16 - they are expanding. I wouldn't be surprised if they opened one there.

homebody - no they serve other types of food too and lots of wine.

gil - I don't know why that happened. Every so often it happens to me on blogger. this time I just pasted the link so folks could cut and paste. It's good article. Sorry about that.

Milanese - it's on the top floor of La Rinescente (sp?) next to the Duomo. That whole floor is fantastic.

Kim B. said...

Oh to be sitting on a terrasse in Positano, enjoying some real, fresh mozzarella di bufalo.

Maybe this guy needs to open up a Paris branch and Marco and I are just the ones to do it . . . .

hmmmmm

bastille said...

I took one of those silly quizzes on facebook and it told me that I should be living in Italy. I haven't lived in Italy...YET.Then here you go with this cute little restaurant. I believe that all of my travels and living around the world is just about me trying to find my own home. Perhaps this home will be in Italy? In any case, I'll be eating some serious Italian food this evening! Ciao Bella!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

kim b - they have a one in NY, I think Tokyo, why not Paris?

bastille - enjoy your meal!

bolognastyle said...

I remember seeing that in Roma before? Did they move locations? or just open a new one?? :D how is it? Love campo di fiori!! salutami Roma!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

bolognastyle - this is their second one. The original location is still open. I haven't been yet but looking forward to it.

Lola said...

Tomorrow's our chance to find out! Yum, can't wait. Ciao ;)

mymelange said...

Arlene, this is too funny! As I am reasearching great places to eat for our upcoming trip to Rome, I came across the other Obikà in Rome, but then heard they were to open on the Campo dei Fiore. And here I find your post :)

Would love to hear your thoughts on it. Get yourself over there girl and give us a full report!!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

mymelange - it's quite popular with a mix of locals and tourists. I've only had a panino with mozzarella, prosciutto and basil. it was outstanding. I'm sure as the weather gets warmer it will become even more popular.