After my first day in Madrid, I found myself craving some good old fashioned Italian flavours – luckily I found an awesome place that delivers just that: Ôven Mozarella Bar.
As I was staying at the Gran Via for my weekend trip to Madrid, the Italian restaurant Ôven Mozarella Bar was an easy choice – they have two restaurants on the Gran Via.
Both of the restaurants are beautifully designed, so you’re in a treat not just in terms of food, but it’s also a feast for the eyes.
Let me show you around and offer a virtual taste from their kitchen.
There are two restaurants available on Gran Via, but they have more in different locations in Madrid:
The restaurant has a reception desk by the main entrance and a flight of stairs will lead you underground to a beautifully decorated lobby. It almost feels like entering a nightclub.
There are artificial plants hanging over the main bar and comfy seats are inviting you to wait while the waiter locates your table.
The restaurant area is really spacious, and despite being underground without any natural light, it feels very cosy and inviting.
The dining area is located on the lower ground floor from the bar.
Golden tones are tastefully combined with soft furnishing and ambient lighting, to create an atmosphere almost like in your own living room.
Even though the space is quite large with lots of tables, they were well placed apart so you have enough privacy to enjoy your meal.
Access to toilets is behind see-through glass panels lined with greenery and at the end of the room, you can see the open kitchen and the food being freshly prepared.
The menu is refreshingly original and will certainly tempt you to order more than you can eat.
I especially appreciated the small starter selection and lots of options to choose from their signature Burratas, including their freshest mozzarella cheese. They have a couple of options for a salad and very exciting selection of pasta flavours, along with some classics.
The pizza menu is also relatively small, but well designed, featuring very intriguing choices such as truffle & poached egg pizza, Pizza Carbonara, and Peasant pizza (see the list here).
Last, but not least, you can’t leave an Italian restaurant without finishing off the feast with freshly made Tiramisu (just what I had!). They also have artisan Italian ice creams, Panna Cotta, Biscotti, Torta di Melle & Grosso Ferretti (full descriptions here).
What we had for dinner:
Starter: Cheese fondue inside a loaf of bread – Italian cheese mix melted with sun-dried tomato and fresh basil on a loaf of bread with carrot sticks. This could easily be the main course, it was so satisfying and filling (naughty too!).
The only thing that was missing were more carrot sticks and breadsticks to enjoy the rest of it!
Main course: I had the chef speciality Prawn Linguine alla Diavola – ‘On a nest of fresh egg pasta, chilli and garlic oil, Red shrimp, Cherry tomatoes, Pomodoro sauce threads of peppermint’. Very tasty, but the linguine tasted more like noodles, and the dish was also super salty for me.
My husband had Tagliatelle Bologna which he said was delicious.
For dessert, we shared the fluffiest creamiest Tiramisu, which was consumed in seconds.
All flushed down with freshly brewed coffee.
Delicious food in a gorgeous location, what more can you wish for!
The service was immaculate and they have super efficient table booking service online.
For such a central location, I believe its also reasonably priced and the dish portions were very generous.
If you’re looking for an Italian classic in central Madrid, this one comes highly recommended!
Address: Calle Gran Via 55 – Madrid
Parking: closest parking options include: Parking Catolica (C/ Gran Via), Parking Isabel La Catolica (C/ de Isabel la Catolica) or Aparcamiento Opera (Cuesta de Sto. Domingo 5).
Nearest Metro Station: Santo Domingo
Contact: +34 91 330 87 05
Reservations: online here
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 12.30 – 01.00 and Friday / Saturday 12.30 – 02.00
Menu: available online here