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Anyone know where I can get burrata cheese in New Jersey?

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I'd really like to try this after seeing and hearing about it recently, however, the stores I've asked have never heard of it... the more upscale Wegmans even, I asked their "fromagerie" at two different locations and no one had a clue.

I know I can get it in Brooklyn and Manhattan, etc., but I'm looking for some place more local.

So if you're in the Jersey area, and have purchased this, FRESH, please let me know where I can get it?

Thanks!

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  1. I'm not in Jersey, but I got it at my local, not-fancy-really supermarket, it was made by Belgioiso so maybe you could ask them where it's distributed in your area?

    http://www.belgioioso.com/index.htm

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    1. re: coll

      Thanks, I'm looking for fresh cheese though, I don't want any aging from shipping on this cheese, I'm looking for tasting it while it's still a newborn babe! :P

      1. re: TarheelYankee

        .Unless someone makes it local to you, I don't know how much fresher you could get. Belgioiso is made in Wisconsin so I'm sure it's not more than a few days old by the time it gets to Jersey. The company is run by the Aurrichio family but some of them relocated here, it's a long story. The cheese itself tasted almost too "green" to me personally.

    2. You might try Whole Foods cheese counter in Madison, or the Wine Warehouse in Millburn has a great cheese counter as well. I haven't looked for this particular cheese, but these are the two best places I can think of to buy anything out of the ordinary.

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      1. re: food_for_thought

        just so ppl would know...

        burrata is related to the mozzarella cheese, and most of it in the states is imported from italy. dipalo's in the city sometimes makes their own (they didn't have any last time i was down there) but most comes from italy, often with a type of leaves around it which turn colors when the cheese is about to go bad.

        i'm not in northern nj (sorry!) but in dutchess cty, ny. i know one place up here in rhinebeck periodically gets it, but what they do is go down to brooklyn and get it from an importer off the boat. i believe that's what the original poster is looking for, some local cheese shop which carries higher end cheese that has to be sold *soon*, else it goes bad.

        1. re: bob gaj

          You might give Corrado's in Clifton a call to see if they have it. I have been to their grocery store a few times while picking up supplies in their brewing shop - they are Italian based and I remember they had some interesting cheeses.

        2. re: food_for_thought

          There is also a specialty cheese shop in downtown Summit. The owners there are nice and very helpful.

          1. re: food_for_thought

            Try Jerry's in Englewood

        3. In addition to Corrados, I would also call Cafasso's Fairway Market in Fort Lee, and I would also call Bartolomeo in Palisades Park. Esposito's in East Hanover might also have it. Also Jerry's Gourmet in Englewood and in Ridgewood.

          1. Wondering if there are any updates to this post from a few years ago... I'm looking for retail availability (not restaurant). I'm in Toms River, but am willing to travel. I asked at our local weekly farmer's market where there's a guy who sells fresh mozzarella, and he replied that he doesn't carry it because "nobody around here knows what it is!"

            Thanks.

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            1. re: njfreqflyer

              DiBruno Bros. in Philly has it, and I'm pretty sure they do mail order, so you wouldn't need to travel.

              http://www.dibruno.com/

              1. re: johnpm

                Thanks. It looks like the on-line order system wants to add $30 for 2nd day air shipping... which probably doesn't make too much sense from Philadelphia to Toms River. I'll have to give them a call.

                1. re: njfreqflyer

                  Bizarre! UPS ground is probably next-day delivery in Tom's River. (I've never ordered from them because I live close to Philadelphia). Would the plane land at Tom's River International Airport?

              2. re: njfreqflyer

                go see Meghan at sickles mkt. she receives a shipment from italy every saturday and is by far the most knowledgeable fromagerie in monmouth county. not surprised about toms river btw, where do you buy cheese around here? i have lived in beachwood for 3+ yrs and there is NOWHERE to buy that kind of product that i know of....

                1. re: chefMD

                  Thanks for the lead on Sickles Market. I will definitely check on that.

                  Locally, I don't know of anything very good and very convenient. The Bay Head Cheese Shop on Bridge Ave in Bay Head has a good, albeit small, selection. Otherwise, I'll head up to Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, or when I'm up north, add some cheese to my wine shopping at the Wine Library in Springfield, which has a very nice selection.

                  A gourmet cheese shop would be a great addition to downtown Toms River. Although I would gladly be a regular customer, I suspect that it might have a hard time surviving...

                  See this thread for discussion on Ocean County cheese shopping: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5286...

                  See this thread for NJ cheese shopping:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5299...

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                  Sickles Market
                  1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver, NJ 07739

                  1. re: chefMD

                    So I stopped by Sickles Market last week to re-supply on some burrata ... learned that it is a seasonal item for them. They import/sell it during summer months only, ending about mid-September. I'm waiting to hear back from them whether they'll be able to do special orders during other times.

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                    Sickles Market
                    1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver, NJ 07739

                    1. re: njfreqflyer

                      Update after my visit to Sickles this past weekend: they will continue to have burrata every other Saturday as long as they can get it from their supplier. Unfortunately, it appears that they will not be able to get special orders filled at other times.

                2. I've seen it at garden of Eden in Hoboken (if you are in that area), though I've never had it. I reserve my burrata eating for Italy or places I know make their own. It is just too precious a food to have otherwise. :)

                  1. Have you tried Sickles in Little Silver? I've purchased burrata there in the past

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                    1. re: cherib

                      I just went to Sickles on my lunch break and they have both fresh Burrata and the Belgioso in a tub in stock. They are in a little fridge across from the cheese counter.

                    2. You may want to try Vitella & Sons at the Trenton Farmers Market . It isn't listed on their website but it doesn't hurt to call and ask. I'm a big fan of Vitella's.

                      http://www.cannuli.us.fm/vitellaandso...

                      There is another cheese shop in the Trenton Farmer's Market. They may have it too.
                      http://www.thetrentonfarmersmarket.com/

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                      Trenton Farmers Market
                      960 Spruce St, Trenton, NJ

                      1. I just realized this, but this post is from 2007! lol

                        1. Yes, the original post is from 2007, but I resurrected it intentionally to get a current (Sep 2010) status.

                          As reported above, Sickles Market comes through!

                          I called on Friday, and sure enough they received a fresh batch from Italy on Saturday morning. So I picked up a bunch of burrata for Saturday dinner. It was excellent! Ten bucks a package (ball). They also get fresh mozzarella di bufalo direct from Italy.

                          The deliveries may only be every other Saturday, but I'm hoping I can get a special order if I need it during the off-week in a couple of months when I want to serve it at a party.

                          Thanks for the help!

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                          Sickles Market
                          1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver, NJ 07739

                          1. Bon appetite in princeton and the wine library in springfield both carry Burrata.

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                            1. re: enzen

                              Stopped by the Wine Library (Gourmet Library) a couple of days ago. They are currently carrying three different kinds of burrata - two from Italy and one from California. One of the imported burrata has truffles in it. According to Justin, even the domestic burrata he's selling is fairly authentic and compares favorably to the imported. Also, the supply seems to be regular; not limited to seasonal or infrequent schedule.

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                              Wine Library
                              586 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081

                            2. Not in NJ, I know, but Keste in NYC definitely gets it...great way to start off before one of Roberto's stunning pizzas! :-)

                              1. They had it at Whole Foods in Middletown today. Samples with a nice cracker and fresh tomatoes.

                                1. I hadn't heard of this cheese until i saw this post on its second go-around. It sort of stuck in my head so when I saw it in my local grocery store (Shoprite, Route 34 in Wall) I had to try it.

                                  It was good, the inside was very creamy with a lovely richness. Of course, as I've never had burrata before I have no idea how authentic this was or how it would compare to others. It came in a plastic container, wrapped in cheese cloth, tied with leaves that looked like giant spring onions. All I know is we enjoyed it very much.

                                  Thanks for introduction.
                                  Missy

                                  1. I've recently seen Burrata at Fairway in Paramus and at Jerry's in Englewood

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                                    1. re: ribock

                                      I purchased the real deal Italian burrata at Fairway a few days ago. It was NOT cheap, but I had to try this stuff. Boy oh boy is it good. To me, it pretty much tastes like a mozzarella made out of heavy cream instead of whole milk. Definitely not something to buy every week, but for a once in a while treat, it's great! Thy have the Belgioso domestic burrata for about half the price. I'll try that one next, but I doubt it'll hold a candle to the real deal!

                                    2. The cheese shop in Summit gets it in periodically. You can get on their email list, and they will send out a notice to let you know when it comes in fresh, from Italy.

                                      http://summitcheeseshop.com/24745.html

                                      They also have a Facebook page (I just found out about this) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Summit-...

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                                      1. re: Elora

                                        I saw the Bel Giosio brand in Top Tomato, Freehold just today.

                                      2. Ferrucci's in Little Silver recently had burrata from Italy.

                                        1. On another NJ Chow-thread, there was a recent exchange (see it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767063) about The Cheese Cave in Red Bank, the domestic Di Stefano burrata they and others sell, and its comparison to the burrata imported from Italy that’s available in some stores throughout the state.

                                          I was part of that discussion, and I wondered how the Di Stefano burrata (a) compares to the imported burrata in taste, and (b) manages to have a refrigerated, unopened shelf life of a month when the imported stuff really needs to be eaten within few days of production.

                                          I struck out on picking up some of the Di Stefano during my one stop at The Cheese Cave (they had already sold out for the week), but I subsequently purchased some at the Gourmet Library (Wine Library) in Springfield. It looked good. It tasted good. It had the right outer and inner textures. This was clearly a well-made burrata, not like the BelGioso brand burrata which I didn’t care for when I tried it last year (I thought that was kind of flat: not quite right in look, nor taste, nor textures).

                                          But the Di Stefano burrata was still missing something for me when compared to the Italian burrata. I find that the imported burrata has a more complex, layered, and a bordering-on-a slightly-sweet-and-sour-and-yogurty-in-a-good-way taste that really sings “burrata” to me. The Di Stefano burrata didn’t have this. It was tasty and creamy in the right ways, but had a more mild taste in comparison. I don’t know whether this was a result of time passing from its “made on” date before I purchased and ate it (and since I just thought of this now while writing, I no longer have the packaging to check that). Maybe the taste changes as it passes through its month-long period of freshness.

                                          So, for me, the Di Stefano burrata is a definitely a “best of the rest” if I can’t get a hold of the imported cheese. But it’s not a “just as good as” option, if the imported cheese is available. If all you’ve tried is the BelGioso, and you can’t get the burrata from Italy, you’re definitely in for a treat if you can find some Di Stefano.

                                          On the second question – how does it get its extended period of freshness – I sent an email message to Di Stefano asking, but didn’t get a straight response.

                                          I have to wonder, though – and perhaps some smarter people than me can comment on this – whether both the taste difference and the long life are potentially due to pasteurization. Does the heat treatment performed in the US on cheeses kill the cultures that might give the imported burrata its special taste, while at the same time give it a longer period of freshness?

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                                          1. re: njfreqflyer

                                            See Meagan W at Sickles Market. She is an excellant cheese mongerer and gets the burrrata both domestic and imported. She is a wealth of knowledge!

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                                            Sickles Market
                                            1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver, NJ 07739

                                            1. re: njfreqflyer

                                              Just speaking off the top of my head, the burrata from Italy may have a short shelf life because the milk used in Italy may not be pasteurized or subjected to other treatments that we use here in the US to extend the shelf life of milk (and to make it "safer" to drink). Just me guessing. I'm sure someone out there has the real answer. :)

                                            2. You can find it at Kings Supermarkets. They used to carry the belgrasio, but I haven't seen it lately, but they do have one by Murgella in a black container - it is delicious. It isn't inexpensive, but well worth it for a treat, hope you enjoy it..

                                              1. A & S Pork Store I believe has it. Multiple locations throughout NJ.

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                                                1. re: bifpocaroba

                                                  Trader Joe's in Shrewsbury has it. Half the price of anywhere else in the area, and it's pretty good with a sprinkle of salt, coarse pepper,and olive oil.

                                                  1. re: amv

                                                    I just saw it at BJs, not sure of the brand. Guess it's pretty mainstream at this point.

                                                2. I was able to get it last spring at the Wegman's in Cherry Hill, NJ. It was in a sealed container, so not "fresh" made but, considering it has to be flown in from somewhere unless the shop is making it themselves, I figured that was the best I was going to get living in the suburbs.

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                                                  1. re: michelle71

                                                    One advantage of living in the burbs is that you can easily get to Philly. See this page:
                                                    http://www.dibruno.com/di-bruno-origi...
                                                    Their main store is in the Italian market on 9th.

                                                  2. According to today's Wall Street Journal,

                                                    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

                                                    there's a domestic burrata from Vermont's Maplebrook Farm, where they have a Pugliese master cheesemaker. It's available at some Whole Foods (New England only?), and can be shipped overnight direct via www.maplebrookvt.com ($40 per minimum order of two pounds).

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                                                    1. re: njfreqflyer

                                                      The new Costco in Marlboro is carrying a large tub of Bel Gioioso brand.

                                                    2. Wegmans carries it.. I bought it a few times there last summer and in the fall

                                                      1. You can get Burratta made fresh every day at Livotti's in Aberdeen. They have one man there who's only job is to make cheese.

                                                        While I have never tried the burratta, their fresh mozzarella is the best I have ever hard. Most of the time it is still warm when you get it. When I take my little girls to the store with me, they like to visit the cheese man and he will give them each a piece of mozzarella right out of the warm water.

                                                        I highly recommend everything at the store. Great meats, deli, fruit and seafood. Very reasonable prices.

                                                        Joe

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                                                        1. re: joestein

                                                          I love Livotti's in Aberdeen too!! I have tried almost all their store-made food, including spinach-broccoli rabe balls, mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat and fresh seafod salad (insalata di mare) that are to die for!! I also love their mozzarella, but never tried their burrata -- that's next.

                                                        2. Top Tomato (at least in Brick) also now carrying domestic burrata made by Antonio Mozzarella Factory (of Newark). $6.99 for an 8 oz ball. Good texture, but no flavor. The imported stuff is still worth the drive to Sickles Market.