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Nov 1, 2006 12:25 AM

Where can I find Burrata?

Does anyone know where I can find burrata cheese in the Boston area? Does Formaggio sell it? Thanks.

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  1. I get it from Salumeria Italiana in the North End.

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    1. re: Rubee

      plse tell us all about this cheese. thanks.

      1. re: opinionatedchef

        This site (and pic) describes it better than I can:

        I first had it at No 9 last year, and then 9Lives told me I could buy it at Salumeria Italiana. The texture is so unique - a creamy center that oozes out of a slight "skin". It's so good! If I'm entertaining at home, I like to serve it as part of an antipasto plate and drizzled with a little honey (even more decadent with the truffle honey from Salumeria). Salumeria sells it individually with whey in small plastic bags.

        1. re: Rubee

          thanks much, rubee. will explore this!

      2. re: Rubee

        Call them on Monday or Tuesday (I think) and they willl hold one for you to pick up at the end of the week.

        1. re: jonship

          Yes, I usually call earlier in the week and reserve an order since they sell so fast - they usually get the burrata in on Thursdays.

      3. Salumeria and Tutto Italiano usually have it on Thurs or Fri.

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        1. re: 9lives

          If it's only available a few days a week, presumably it's imported from Puglia? (I understand there are a few places in California that make it state-side.)

          1. re: finlero

            It's flown in from Rome or maybe Milan. Very short shelf life. Plan on using it right away..or next day or so.

        2. Chowmom and I made a mad dash down to the North End last time she was in town so we could get the last two burrata (burrati?) at Sal Ital -- they kindly held it for us but we NEEDED it, hence the urgency. I love the oozy gooey texture and it goes so well with late season tomatoes and basil. It's pricey but worth it.

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          1. re: yumyum

            when I was in naples last December for an antipasti I had Burrata and Green Beans it was like spiced green beans the cheese and a balsamic sauce it was delicious

            1. re: Caserta44

              also I thought it had a more nutty flavor than mozzarella anyone agree?

            2. re: yumyum

              If it's an item you'd pluralize, which I'm not sure about, it'd be burrate. Hm. Guess I'd better go break out my college textbook.

              1. re: tatamagouche

                Being cheese, it's treated as a collective noun. So you'd just say "the last two pieces/containenrs of burrata" instead of the "the last two burrate," although technically, "burrate" is plural in Italian for "burrata".

                I haven't read to the bottom of the thread yet, so maybe someone has mentioned this already, but I buy an excellent, locally-made burrata at Savenor's, and you can also get it at Formaggio Kitchen. It's made at the Mozzarella House of Everett. They also make an excellent standard fresh mozzarella and fresh ricotta. They pasteurize the milk themselves, using a slower pasteurization technique that preserve more milk flavor. Still, because they're not using any buffalo-milk, the flavor is different than mozzarella di bufala. You can buy the cheese directly from Mozzarella House itself, and avoid the high mark-ups charged by retailers, which is close to the intersection of Route 16 and Route 99 in Everett, but I"m not sure of the hours.

                Formaggio Kitchen
                244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

            3. Serve it with a nice German late harvest dessert wine for a real taste sensation !