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Dec 12, 2006 11:48 AM

Mozzarella and Cheese

I have a guest coming to visit for few weeks who, as a lacto-ovo vegetarian fell in love with mozzarella and cheese as a dish to eat as we traveled around France a few years ago. Could anyone recommend a restaurant with a good treatment of this dish that is Metro accessible?

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  1. Huh? Mozzarella *is* cheese!

    Puzzled in Baltimore

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    1. re: Hal Laurent

      They ate Mozzerella throughout France? I don't recall that on the cheese carts (although I skipped the Italian restaurants).

    2. Sorry! I meant mozzarella and tomato!

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      1. re: BookGuy

        The challenge will be to find a place that has good tomatoes at this time of year.....

        Mozzarella, tomato, basil and olive oil are the components of one of the great dishes in Italy (actually from the Naples area in Campania)--insalata caprese.

        But without in-season, flavorful tomatoes, it will be hard to duplicate the dish.

        1. re: Jim Zurer

          I agree, no respectable restaurant will have this dish in the middle of winter.

          If you find it on a menu somewhere at this time of year, you are absolutely certain to be disappointed.

      2. I certainly agree with this.

        A non-authentic but very acceptable alternative for this time of year is to get apple-smoked mozzarella from Blue Ridge Dairy at Arlington or Dupont Farmers' market and pair with sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil. Drizzle a bit of the oil on it and sprinkle with coarse salt. I would dispense with an herb alternative for the basil, but if you must, fresh thyme would be best.

        1. In my family we have the mozzarella with roasted red peppers when tomatoes are not available.

          1. I wouldn't eat tomatoes this time of year b/c for me there is nothing worse than a bad tomato, but I would reccommend fresh mozzarella with roasted beets served in the same manner.