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We just finished-off a container of Buratta that we just purchased at Murray's Cheese in the Grand Central Market. According to the store staff, the cheese were just flown in yesterday (Saturday), together with some buffala mozzarella that were already sold out. The buratta was fresh, with that soft inner gooey, curdy paste consistency and it was very good with some caprese and semolina bread that we also purchased in the bread shop in the market. At $7.99 for about the size of young child's fist, it's quite pricey, but worth it.

A couple of questions:

First, we've had this before but are still curious as to what those palm-like leaf that they come wrapped in?
Second, where else can we get these (imported fresh)?


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  1. They have them at DiPalo's on Grand. I'm not sure if they're made here or imported. Corona Heights Pork Store used to make them fresh, but I don't know what the status of that place is.

    1. DiPalo's may have a domestic version, but they also get imports once or twice a week. I see it occasionally at Zabar's, but I don't know how often they get it in. It's always expensive, though you may find it for a dollar or maybe two.

      Per Google results, the leaves are from a type of lily: www.leitesculinaria.com/food_history/...

      1. Make that "a dollar or two LESS." :)

        1. I believe Citarella also carries burrata.

          1. About the leaves- sometimes they are leek leaves. In any case, the leaves are used as an indicator of the freshness of the cheese. If the leaves are brown, yellow, or looking limp and too wet, don't buy the burrata (or burratina, its smaller version, which it sounds like you bought). That's a sign the cheese has lost its freshness.

            1. buon italia at chelsea market carries imported burrata

              1. The last time I ate burrata was in my car (the favorite chowhound locale)outside DiPalo's where I bought it (probably after knocking off a banh mi from Saigon Banh Mi down the block at 138 Mott (best banh mi in the country!)). Anyway, the leaves were neon green, very fresh, I take a bite and the cream and water from the cheese comes spurting out, down my shirt, down my leg all over the car. It was wonderful. Any better serving suggestions?

                1. I've seen them MAKING it at Agata & Valentina on the UES. I don't think they make it every time they do their fresh mozzarella, but if you call and ask, I bet they'll let you know when the next batch is due.


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                  1. Blue Apron in Park Slope gets this, I believe once a week. They only get a few in from Italy each week--so you might have to reserve.

                    We were introduced to this in Alberrobello this summer where it was served for almost every dinner out--amazing taste