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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:

        http://www.mangiabenepasta.com/burrat...

        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.

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                244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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

                  1. re: Caserta44

                    so Salumeria is the only place you can get it?

                    1. re: Caserta44

                      You can also get it a Monica's on Salem St. and DePasquales Pasta on Cross St, both in the North End.

                  2. Most burrata sold in Boston right now - whether or not it purports to be imported from Italy - is produced by Casaficio Joia outside of LA. - A very good product ... but burrata tends not to last the international shipping and import/export process ...

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                    1. re: baudolino

                      Any idea if they'll ship to a residence? Or do I need to brave the North End?

                    2. I also heard that it was being made on the east coast by a family in PA (outside of Philly I think). Not sure of where exactly but it would make sense to serve the east coast need for it.

                      1. Does anyone know if burrata is currently on the menu at any restaurants in the Boston area? Had a lovely appetizer at a resto in the Hamptons a few weeks ago and have been dreaming of it ever since...

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                        1. re: iamsam

                          while not my favorite place, it is on the menu at The Butcher Shop.

                          1. re: iamsam

                            Very nice version with candied pistachios at Il Casale in Belmont Center. We have to get it every time.

                            1. re: tdaaa

                              +1 re Il Casale's version. I've only been there once but I think of their burrata all the time!

                              1. re: tdaaa

                                Yes, get the burrata at Il Casale every time I go. Love it.

                            2. Dave's Fresh Pasta carries burrata - they get it from a local cheesemaker (the same one who sells fresh mozzarella at the local farmer's markets / other places). According to the lady at the Davis Square market, they just delivered some fresh ones to DFP today (I was told at the store that they get new shipments on Thursdays sometimes instead).

                              Try it with some vincotto (grape must) or really good balsamic vinegar. :)

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                              1. re: techiedragon

                                The local cheesemaker is Lourdes Fiore Smith of Fiore di Nonno http://www.fioredinonno.com/ freshest mozz and burrata in Boston - made fresh daily. I used to work with her, so I know. If you frequent a farmers market that they sell at, just request a burrata (of a few) and they will bring them.

                                1. re: Guido

                                  I think the Fiore di Nonno mozzarella and burrata are quite inferior to that made by Mozzarella House of Everett. Their technique (FdN) results in a drier, harder cheese, with much less fresh milk flavor than standard "fresh" mozzarella. They've gotten tons of hype,and being from Somerville I wish them well, but sadly they're really overrated.

                              2. Wednesday's (25 May 2011) Globe has this update

                                http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-25...

                                from the folks at Maplebrook. If it's as good as their smoked mozzarella then the burrata is pretty damn good...

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                                1. re: rubysdad

                                  I had some of the Maplebrook burrata last weekend. It is indeed quite good--very creamy center and rich flavor. I found it at Idlywilde Farms in Acton. I think it was $7.99.

                                  1. re: rubysdad

                                    The version on the menu at Trattoria Toscana is excellent, and only $10, a bargain.

                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                    Trattoria Toscana
                                    130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                      I've had it as an app at Via Matta, very nice and creamy.

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                                      Via Matta
                                      79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                        Hmmmm! I am sooooo overdue for a TT evening. Wonder if they are taking the weekend off or not. I may call tomorrow afternoon and find out.

                                        We get an excellent one from Italy at Salumeria in the North End. There are less wonderful but still good versions at Whole Foods and at many farmers' markets you can buy Fiorie de Nonna Buratta.
                                        http://www.fioredinonno.com/

                                        Penny
                                        http://www.bostonzest.com/

                                        1. re: BostonZest

                                          also enjoy the stracciatella and burrata at Gran Gusto

                                          1. re: BostonZest

                                            Don't know about any holiday hours, but Trattoria Toscana is always closed on Sundays.

                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                            Trattoria Toscana
                                            130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                                            1. re: BostonZest

                                              Hey Boston hounds! Greetings from the land of perennially fair weather and ubiquitous capsaicin.

                                              Just my $0.02 on FdN's "burrata": unless the recipe has changed in the past two years, skip it. It's cool that she makes it locally and all that, but it's just not the real deal. I read somewhere that she uses some sort of yogurt mixture for the cream center, which explains why it tastes too tart, and not sweet enough. The mozzarella exterior is perfectly fine, but there are plenty of places in the northeast that make decent mozzarella.

                                              The only good burrata I had from stores in NE was the overnight-imported stuff available at Salumeria Italiana in Boston (reliably excellent when available, but spottily available) and Venda Ravioli in Providence (frequently available, but important to check when it arrived).

                                              Cool that Trattoria Toscana offers a burrata dish now; they've always been on my short list of Boston favorites. I'll have to get back there sometime when I'm in town.

                                              Now that I live further west, I do stumble across Gioia's burrata here and there, and can confirm it's truly outstanding.

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                                              Trattoria Toscana
                                              130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                                              Salumeria Italiana
                                              151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

                                              Venda Ravioli
                                              265 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

                                              1. re: finlero

                                                that's interesting to know about FdN's cheese. I tried a few of their products at markets last summer and generally liked them, esp. The one with fig in it. But the center was much firmer than other burrata's I'd tried before. then again, I usually buy it in bulk at Costco :-)

                                                1. re: finlero

                                                  Hi Finlero! Miss your presence here. Anyway, I had the burrata in a re-worked caprese salad at Alma Nova in Hingham yesterday and I found it creamy yet bland. I didn't ask about the source...we were enjoying the holiday and the view too much!

                                                  1. re: finlero

                                                    finlero! Miss you!

                                                    Agree about FdN's burrata .. just not quite good enough even though I like to support local, and Dave's fresh pasta carries it all the time in my hood.

                                                    When I need my fix, I call Salumeria Italiana early in the week to ask when the cheese will be delivered and ask them to set aside one or two for me. Then on the appointed day I zip over, double park, and get the goods. It's spendy but in my opinion there's nothing like it.

                                                    I understand they are running a burrata special at Erbaluce ... wonder if anyone knows where Chuck is sourcing his?

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                                                    Salumeria Italiana
                                                    151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

                                                    Erbaluce
                                                    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                                                    1. re: yumyum

                                                      If you have only had FdN burrata from Dave's, try it fresh from a farmers market - Davis is just opening. It is better made the same day, and sometimes it is up to a week old at Dave's. Not spoiled by any means but it does go down hill after a day or 2.

                                              2. re: rubysdad

                                                I got some at the hole Foods in Dedham last week, from Maplebrook farm. Outstanding; the center just melts; it's cream and mozz...I really think buying a local burrata is in the Italian mindset of eating fresh, local and regional...You can buy imported ones, sure, but WWID? (What Would an Italian Do?) Buy a burrata that's made within driving distance!

                                                1. re: galleygirl

                                                  Maplebrook Farm's amazing burrata will be available in smaller mouth-size balls this fall....Visited them at the VTCheesemakers' Festival yesterday...they're also experimenting with filling it with Vermont Creamery's mascarpone, which would push it right into the sinful atmosphere...

                                                  1. re: galleygirl

                                                    Oh good lord! That's just great!

                                                    I was thinking of you at the VT cheesemaker's festival. Hope it was a huge success!

                                                  2. re: galleygirl

                                                    Very excited to see Maplebrook Farm burrata now available at Russo's! 8oz tub (2 balls) sells for $6.98. Can't wait to try them tonight!

                                                2. I know that I've seen it on the menu at Coppa.

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                                                  Coppa
                                                  253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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                                                  1. re: chefematician

                                                    Indeed they do, I just had it a few weeks ago. Quite creamy, with olive bits. Yum!

                                                    1. re: marcreichman

                                                      The fig and marscapone filled burrata from Fiore di nonno is one of the best cheeses going around for local burrat. Absolutely delicious.

                                                  2. Any opinions on the burrata from Mozzarella House in Everett? Saw it at Russo's today. http://www.mozzarellahouse.com/

                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                      I was about to post the same question. Savenor's in Cambridge had it yesterday. $7.99.

                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                        Interesting. I'll give it a head-to-head taste test against Fiore di Nonno fig burrata, also available at Russo's.

                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                          Took 1 for the team - picked up a tub of Everett Mozzarella Hse burrata from Wilson's Farm ($6.49 for 8oz). The only burrata I've had recently is the fig burrata from Fioro di Nonno.

                                                          Mozzarella House version: the outer skin is quite thin and so most of it is the "filling." We find it rather bland and the filling less smooth and less rich than FdN.

                                                          1. re: y2000k

                                                            Thanks for the report. I think I'll try Maplebrook then. Galleygirl raved in a post above.

                                                            1. re: y2000k

                                                              also the Mozzarella House version has nothing like the oozy cream and curds that other burrata have inside

                                                              1. re: barleywino

                                                                See my posts above. I think Mozzarella House burrata blows Fiore di Nonno's out of the water, but if one is into fig filling then what can you do? I have tried Maplebrook Farms' standard mozz, and think it's quite good, but I prefer Mozzarella House standard mozz to Maplebrook. It's fresher-tasting, with a more-pronounced milk flavor, probably due to the slow pasteurization process they use. And yes, it's made with only cow's milk. I haven't tried Maplebrook's burrata so I can't compare, but I really liked Mozzarella house's burrata and so did my Italian husband, if that counts for anything.

                                                                1. re: bella_sarda

                                                                  I think the Mozzarella House type of burrata is just a completely different animal than the more liquid-y burrata which is oozing cream and curds inside (e.g. Gioia, or the type one might find at say Gran Gusto), so it can be confusing/ disappointing to expect one type but end up with the other.

                                                                  1. re: barleywino

                                                                    I can see that. I'll have to try the said oozy/curdy ones!

                                                                    1. re: bella_sarda

                                                                      Scampo is another place where one can find the more liquid-y type, fwiw. (also Via Matta iirc). Be sure to try the stracciatella if you go to Gran Gusto! http://oldwaystable.org/2009/05/06/mo...

                                                          2. It seems like all locally made buratta is made with cow's milk mozzarella, anyone know where I might find some made with buffalo mozzarella?

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                                                            1. re: HitTheGrit

                                                              Hi HitTheGrit,
                                                              Burrata is a typical cheese from Puglia, where we make all kinds of mozzarella mainly from cow milk. Buffalo milk is instead mainly used in the Naples region where they don't make burrata.
                                                              Once I spoke to a mozzarella/Burrata artisan in Puglia and he told me that the way buffalo milk is worked is totally different from cow milk so it requires different techniques.
                                                              The original burrata, the one Puglia style, is a cow milk mozzarella stuffed with mozzarella strips (what we call stracciatella) and cream. In Puglia we don't add anything else. When the burrata is fresh made by hand it is so tasty that you don't need othe things to be added....

                                                              1. re: HitTheGrit

                                                                I think there's only 1 (water)buffalo herd in the US (in Vermont) so most if not all will be imported.

                                                              2. I've been buying the Maplebrook Farm (Bennnington,VT) burrata for a few weeks and it's fantastic. It's available at Fresh Cheese on Fleet St, NE. I much prefer it to FDN's version. Salumeria Italiana's supply has not seemed as good as in past years; hthough I still love the store.

                                                                http://maplebrookvt.com/index.php/pro...

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                                                                1. re: 9lives

                                                                  I need a burrata fix. Do you need to reserve it at Fresh Cheese like I've had to at Salumeria? Any particular days they have it or don't? thanks!

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                                                                  81 Endicott St, Boston, MA 02113

                                                                  1. re: yumyum

                                                                    He normally has it Thurs but they had it today when Ms 9 stopped in. Best to call and reserve because it goes fast.

                                                                    1. re: yumyum

                                                                      Of course, you can just call your local WF and get it there; if they don't have it, they can order it for you...Fresh Pond or River St.is a better bet than Medford, tho...

                                                                      WF places such a large order, they don't even start making the cheese til they get it...

                                                                    2. re: 9lives

                                                                      If you live on the N Shore, Shubey's in

                                                                      Marblehead had a few containers of the Maplebrook Farms burrata this weekend,,,,also mozzarella balls.

                                                                      Great market! Also carry local, organic beef and chicken.

                                                                    3. I've been buying it from Fiore Di Nonno at the Union Square Farmer's Market and have been happy with it, but now I want to branch out and compare different versions.