Upmarket mozzarella bar Obikà is set to open a new site in Canary Wharf, its second in London.
Obikà, which has restaurants in Rome, Milan and Turin in Italy, as well as in Tokyo, New York and Istanbul, will open the new outlet in the West Wintergarden later this year.
The company first launched its UK business with an outlet at London department store Selfridges in 2005, which was followed by a standalone restaurant at the Club Quarters hotel off Trafalgar Square in 2008, which has since however closed.
Obikà specialises in buffalo mozzarella served with Italian accompaniments such as charcuterie and roasted vegetables. Its handmade cheeses are processed using milk from the water buffalo owned by dairy farmers who use their hands for the "mozzatura" process - "mozzare" means to lop off - to form the individual mozzarellas.
By Kerstin Kühn
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