NY chowhounder needs fresh mozzarella (LA)
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.
Try Roma Deli in Pasadena
918 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
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.
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!
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.
Gioia Cheese Co, S. El Monte.
626 444 6015
Killer Burrata, Smoked Mozzarella, Reg Mozzarella.
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...
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
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.
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:
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.
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