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Burrata Alert - Surfas steps up

I was in Surfas yesterday for a few things. I've been really enjoying the incredible tomatoes practically screaming for good homes at the farmer's markets now, and I thought I'd see if they had fresh mozzarella, or even better, burrata. Didn't see any in the cheese case in the store, so I went to the cafe and there was a sign - literally. "WE HAVE FRESH BURRATA". What more could I ask for? I look in the cold case, and there is a 1 1b. tub of Gioia looking back at me.

Fanstastic! I bought the last one yesterday, but I bet they have more now. $8.50 for the 1 lb. container, and this stuff is simply great. Creamy, runny inside, clean tasting with a good bit of salty. Magic with tomatoes and good olive oil. Run, drive, or fly there and get some. You might call and make sure there's more, first.

And I challenge anyone on this board to walk out of surfas with only the item you went there for. It's not possible.

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  1. i bought buffalo mozzarella at Whole Foods (S Monica) yesterday and it was sour. this is the 5th time. + i go on the delivery days.

    can't believe that it is this difficult to get fresh mozzarella in this town. fortunately
    the burrata situation is better.

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    1. re: epop

      I buy the Cantare fresh mozzarella at WF all the time, never had a bad one. It comes in 8 oz. tub for around 3.99.

      1. re: epop

        I buy fresh mozzarella at Monte Carlo in Burbank and I've never had a sour piece.

      2. Thanks for the hot tip! I love that you can get a whole pound for a reasonable price (the place where I buy it sells small balls for $5 each.)

        If you can't get burrata a good substitute is the Mandara brand fresh mozzarella at Trader Joe's (they have it at Gelson's but it's $2 more per tub.) This mozz has the consistency of burrata but it has a slightly more tangy flavor which I prefer.

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        1. re: Bon Vivant

          i bought the mandara at TJ's with good expiration dates and it was sour and tangy. had to return them.

          1. re: revets2

            The Trader Joe's brand isn't any better. It's routinely sour.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              After many many sour fresh mozarella disappointments from Whole foods, Bristol farms and Gelsons, I've been getting it on a weekly basis for the last 6 months from trader joes on National in West LA and have only had 1 sour one (the package had a small tear under the lid that I missed). IT's not as tasty as burrata but its fine for my usual lunches.

        2. they also have the gioia burrata at bay cities for 9.00 a tub. they get deliveries on tuesdays and fridays I believe. yum yum---

          1. The Gioia factory is in South El Monte, not far from the many Chinese chow places. Burrata sells for $5 a pound.

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            1. re: judge dee

              is there a retail outlet at the factory? if so, do you happen to know the hours? I called, but nobody answered, which makes me wonder if they are open everyday or have very limited hours.

              1. re: glutton

                They sell retail from the front desk. I was there last Friday at 11 am, and I've called them a couple of times and got through. They are very friendly folks.

                Their mozzarella comes in six 8-oz balls. The smoked mozzarella are also in 8-oz balls and are packaged in 2.5 or 5 lb bags. In addition they offer mascarpone, ricotta, and burricotti (mozzarella filled with ricotta).

            2. I've also seen Gioia at Bristol Farms in South Pasadena. For regular mozzarella, I really like Cardone's mozzarella--he sells his homemade cheese at the Silver Lake farmers' market Saturdays and Atwater market Sundays. He's opening an italian deli in Silver Lake soon. The website is here: http://www.cardonesmozzarella.com/