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hope Nov 1, 2006 12:25 AM

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

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    LeoLioness Jul 18, 2011 11:03 AM

    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.

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      9lives Jul 13, 2011 12:47 PM

      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.


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      1. re: 9lives
        yumyum Jul 13, 2011 12:53 PM

        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!

        Fresh Cheese
        81 Endicott St, Boston, MA 02113

        1. re: yumyum
          9lives Jul 13, 2011 12:59 PM

          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
            galleygirl Jul 14, 2011 06:50 AM

            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
            9lives Jul 17, 2011 06:27 PM

            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.

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            HitTheGrit Jun 8, 2011 01:57 PM

            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
              stilemediterraneo Jun 10, 2011 06:01 AM

              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: stilemediterraneo
                bear Jun 10, 2011 08:23 AM

                Thanks for the info!

              2. re: HitTheGrit
                Guido Jun 12, 2011 01:19 PM

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

              3. MC Slim JB May 30, 2011 08:31 PM

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


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                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  bear May 31, 2011 03:45 AM

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

                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                    y2000k May 31, 2011 10:57 AM

                    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
                      y2000k Jun 11, 2011 11:49 AM

                      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.

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                        bear Jun 11, 2011 11:52 AM

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

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                          barleywino Jun 12, 2011 03:25 PM

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

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                            bella_sarda Jul 18, 2011 10:18 AM

                            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
                              barleywino Jul 18, 2011 10:25 AM

                              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.

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                                bella_sarda Jul 18, 2011 10:30 AM

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

                                1. re: bella_sarda
                                  barleywino Jul 18, 2011 10:46 AM

                                  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. chefematician May 28, 2011 06:38 AM

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

                        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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                          marcreichman May 28, 2011 09:45 AM

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

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                            iloveporkbelly May 30, 2011 05:36 PM

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

                        2. rubysdad May 27, 2011 08:20 AM

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


                          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
                            liamsaunt May 27, 2011 09:47 AM

                            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
                              MC Slim JB May 27, 2011 10:23 AM

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


                              Trattoria Toscana
                              130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                              1. re: MC Slim JB
                                kimfair1 May 27, 2011 12:11 PM

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

                                Via Matta
                                79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

                                1. re: MC Slim JB
                                  BostonZest May 27, 2011 06:34 PM

                                  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.


                                  1. re: BostonZest
                                    barleywino May 28, 2011 03:59 AM

                                    also enjoy the stracciatella and burrata at Gran Gusto

                                    1. re: BostonZest
                                      MC Slim JB May 28, 2011 06:13 AM

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


                                      Trattoria Toscana
                                      130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                                      1. re: BostonZest
                                        finlero May 28, 2011 09:21 AM

                                        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.

                                        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
                                          gimlis1mum May 28, 2011 08:20 PM

                                          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
                                            digga May 31, 2011 06:11 PM

                                            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
                                              yumyum Jun 1, 2011 09:59 AM

                                              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?

                                              Salumeria Italiana
                                              151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

                                              69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                                              1. re: yumyum
                                                Guido Jun 1, 2011 06:45 PM

                                                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
                                          galleygirl Jun 10, 2011 05:51 AM

                                          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
                                            galleygirl Jul 25, 2011 11:21 AM

                                            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
                                              yumyum Jul 25, 2011 11:34 AM

                                              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
                                              y2000k Oct 4, 2011 01:20 PM

                                              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!

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                                            techiedragon Jul 25, 2007 11:58 AM

                                            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
                                              Guido May 30, 2011 05:45 PM

                                              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
                                                bella_sarda Jul 18, 2011 10:14 AM

                                                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.

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                                              iamsam Jul 23, 2007 10:11 AM

                                              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
                                                ghettochic Jul 23, 2007 11:36 AM

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

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                                                  tdaaa May 31, 2011 06:44 AM

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

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                                                    y2000k May 31, 2011 10:59 AM

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

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                                                      Jpan99 Jun 10, 2011 09:23 AM

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

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                                                    DaveB Nov 7, 2006 03:41 AM

                                                    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.

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                                                      baudolino Nov 6, 2006 08:08 PM

                                                      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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                                                        finlero Nov 6, 2006 08:31 PM

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

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                                                          barleywino May 28, 2011 03:58 AM

                                                          i've had it shipped from Joia https://gioiacheeseinc.com/Home_Page.... but shipping is not cheap

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                                                        Caserta44 Nov 4, 2006 06:10 PM

                                                        Does Russo's have it?

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                                                          Caserta44 Nov 5, 2006 04:00 AM

                                                          so Salumeria is the only place you can get it?

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                                                            phatchris May 27, 2011 09:53 AM

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

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                                                          hope Nov 1, 2006 05:58 PM

                                                          Thanks everyone!

                                                          1. TonyO Nov 1, 2006 05:27 PM

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

                                                            1. yumyum Nov 1, 2006 02:45 PM

                                                              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
                                                                Caserta44 Nov 1, 2006 05:15 PM

                                                                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

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                                                                  Caserta44 Nov 1, 2006 05:25 PM

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

                                                                2. re: yumyum
                                                                  tatamagouche Nov 2, 2006 12:26 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    bella_sarda Jul 18, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                                    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

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                                                                  9lives Nov 1, 2006 12:49 AM

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

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                                                                    finlero Nov 1, 2006 01:00 AM

                                                                    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.)

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                                                                      9lives Nov 1, 2006 02:21 PM

                                                                      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. Rubee Nov 1, 2006 12:30 AM

                                                                    I get it from Salumeria Italiana in the North End.

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                                                                      opinionatedchef Nov 1, 2006 03:02 AM

                                                                      plse tell us all about this cheese. thanks.

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                                                                        Rubee Nov 1, 2006 04:10 AM

                                                                        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.

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                                                                          opinionatedchef Nov 1, 2006 02:09 PM

                                                                          thanks much, rubee. will explore this!

                                                                      2. re: Rubee
                                                                        jonship Jul 23, 2007 10:13 AM

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

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                                                                          Rubee Jul 23, 2007 10:14 AM

                                                                          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.

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