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Owner's description

The best food in Italy is fresh, simple and true to its roots. Obicà Charlotte Street is the home of authentic Italian food in Fitzrovia, bringing local workers and visitors together in stylish, relaxed surroundings. Our customers enjoy escaping the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street or dropping in after work for our daily aperitivo, small bites of salumi and mozzarella served when you purchase a drink between 5pm and 7pm.

The star of our menu is mozzarella di bufala DOP, made in Campania and delivered to us three times a week so it’s deliciously fresh. Classic, smoked or creamy stracciatella mozzarella is a must-order, alongside small plates of the finest Italian artisan produce. Our menu represents our culinary pilgrimage across Italy, where we find sweet datterini tomatoes, black truffles from San Miniato and culatello di Zibello, the king of salumi. We offer more substantial plates, too, based on traditional dried pasta crafted in Gragnano to a 400-year-old method, silky fresh pasta made with Italian flour and fresh eggs, or slow-risen pizza dough using stoneground Petra flour.

Obicà Charlotte Street belongs to a family of restaurants founded in Rome in 2004. They all serve fresh, simple Italian food, but Charlotte Street is special because of its central but laid-back location. Visit us for aperitivo, a relaxed, authentic Italian meal with friends, or just to taste our super-fresh mozzarella.


survey result

Summary

This Rome-based chain is inspired by Japanese sushi-bars and serves “tasty small plates of Italian food”. The five “efficiently run” London branches, from South Ken to Canary Wharf, provide a “surprisingly good experience… so long as you like mozzarella or burrata”.

£56
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Once called Obika, these ‘Mozzarella bars’ – part of an international chain – are “much better than many in the pizza and pasta market”, and are tipped for “grabbing a glass of wine with enjoyable small bites”.

£52
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“For some reason they’ve changed their name (from Obika)”, but these ‘Mozzarella bars’ “make a solid choice for some excellent produce and a drink or two”, and win tips for their superior pizza too.

£46
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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