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NY chowhounder needs fresh mozzarella (LA)

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Hello All,

I'm staying with friends in LA and am making dinner for them tonight. I need to know where the best place to get fresh mozzarella is. An Italian deli would probably have lots of stuff I need, but that's the most important thing.

Thanks in advance. By the way, I'm in Hollywood, but any reasonable distance is doable.

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  1. Try Roma Deli in Pasadena
    918 N Lake Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91104
    (626) 797-7748

    They have Bubalus Bubalis Mozz, which is super fresh, local California made, and also tasty as hell. Plus it's made from Water Buffalo so you get that fantastic gamey edge to it.

    The Ricotta is phenomenal as well.

    Roma is an authentic and affordable and definitely worth a trip to Pas.

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    1. re: jeffro

      I gotta second the Bubalas Bubalis. If you're a Costco member, they carry it too. I think Whole Foods has it as well.

      There's also Monte Carlo Deli in Burbank, on Magnolia East of Hollywood Way. The address is 3103 West Magnolia Blvd. They have fresh mozz, but it's not Bubalus. But they have a nice selection of stuff.

      You're a good guest!

      1. re: lad1818

        Bubalis is great. Gelsons and Mayfair stock it sometimes.
        If you deal directly with them in Gardena, you can get their burrata, their scamorza and their water buffalo milk ricotta. The mozzarella is available as well, but they told me that they can't sell it as cheaply as Costco can, even though they make it.

    2. Gioia Cheese Co, S. El Monte.
      626 444 6015
      Killer Burrata, Smoked Mozzarella, Reg Mozzarella.

      1. Thanks! I knew you guys would come through. I think I may hit both...


        1. The Silver Lake Cheese Shop is near Hollywood and must have fresh mozzarella. I've bought it at Gelsons on Franklin packed in water, too, if that's the stuff you're looking for.

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          1. re: Mr. Cookie

            S.L. Cheese store has fresh mozzarella, and i believe they have buratta sometimes. WAY better than what gelson's has, which is comparable to, and more expensive than, TJ's. The CVhowPup sewars by TJ's fresh mozz, in all its forms...

            1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

              All the cheese at S.L. Cheese Store is pretty much way better than ... (fill in the blank)! And everything at Gelson's is pretty much more expensive than ... (fill in the blank). Still, when time is an issue, as it might be for erjaq ...

          2. Goia is made locally and available at the Bristol Farms on Sunset. You might prefer to try their burrata which is much better than the imported varieties I've sampled in NY.

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            1. re: JudiAU

              The Bristol Farms on Westwood has it too, so maybe all BFs have it in LA.

              1. re: JudiAU

                (ahem) The point being that a lot of mozzarella in LA isn't all that great BUT the burrata really is...when in Rome

                The BF on Sunset is the closest place that sells burrata.

                1. re: JudiAU

                  and as a side note, i think casa bianca uses gioia mozzarela so even if you don't like their pies, they're still employing quality ingredients.

                2. Is the place in South El Monte the one that is in the Lucques cookbook resources section?

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                  1. re: ickster

                    Yes...Goia is widely used in LA restaurants.

                  2. Goia burrata is amazing, bay cities santa monica carries it, it comes in fresh on tues. & fri.

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                    1. re: budlit

                      Go on Wednesdays or Saturdays, or call first! Because sometimes I've gone on Tuesday afternoon and they haven't been delivered yet, meaning what's available was from the last Friday.

                    2. I've been to bay cities, whole foods, gelson's and i've bought it several times at each place and on days when they said it was made and i haven't had a decent let alone great fresh mozzarella in LA.

                      i love the food in this city but the mozzarella is awful. that's my experience, after many tries.

                      the burrata at bay cities can be fresh, it is true. but never the mozzarella, as i said, for me...

                      1. i would try perhaps the cheese shop in beverly hills before any of the others, except the
                        silver lake shop, which i haven't been to

                        1. yes, definitely head over to the Cheese store of Beverly hills.
                          419 N. beverly drive
                          They carry Goia burrata which is sooo delicious.
                          They also sell fresh real buffalo milk mozarella imported from italy.
                          Call them to make sure they have it, because it sells out very quickly.310 278.2855.

                          1. some fancy ralphs have it too. I know the one on 3rd and laBrea does.

                            1. Armenians seem to make mozzarella, often the twisted kind, sometimes with little black seeds in it. You might see if there's an Armenian market near you. Here's some pictures: http://www.formaggiocheese.com/formag...

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                              1. re: mc michael

                                that isn't fresh mozzarella, but more like a string cheese

                              2. okay, i don't know where my whole post went about this. it was there a couple hours ago. and i don't have a message from a moderator that something was inappropriate. that's the second time this has happened.

                                anyways, because you're in hollywood, a cheese supplier for il cielo, the ivy, and loconda veneta is tutto latte express. their mozz is very, very fresh and their buratta is exceptional. the guys are very helpful too.

                                Tutto Latte Express, 1233 Vine Street, between Fountain Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, L.A. (323-463-1879).

                                here's a write up from daily candy:


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                                1. re: revets2

                                  I've had both and GOIA is much better! Several highend Italian Restaurants feel the same way.
                                  Low price isn't everything?

                                  1. re: russkar

                                    i don't think it's low-priced by any means and i agree goia is better, but farther for him. he's in hollywood. low price isn't everything, but gas, traffic and the environment mean a lot.

                                2. alas, stopped to pick up some rations at Tutto Latte Express and get my dose of the ukraine and whataya know, when i asked for my buratta which is usually bel giosa brand, mark disappeared into the back and presented me with two gorgeous bags of Gioia.

                                  i had a little tonight with green zebras, brandywines, and basil from the garden drizzled with some green olive oil from don alfonso 1890 and it's very fresh.

                                  so, erjaq, you will not have to drive all the way to el monte or pay much of an upcharge for a quick trip to vine street for heaven.

                                  two home runs in one day at Tutto Latte. pre-made cannoli shells with ricotta filling in a pastry bag ready to go and Gioia. jackpot! i'm going to disneyland.

                                  1. went to the cheese store and bought the not so fresh mozzarella. sour and tangy in most of the middle, although i was promised the contrary-- "many restaurants buy from us..."

                                    the others i was with thought it was decent but that just goes to show how little most people know about food.

                                    still haven't had a decent one in LA