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Aug 23, 2006 06:40 PM

NY chowhounder needs fresh mozzarella (LA)

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.