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Where to buy Mozzarella di bufala?

sgwood415 Jun 13, 2007 06:03 PM

Just read the tasting article about Mozzarella di bufala on sfgate. Got me inspired to prepare a salad with some. Since a lot of places only carry it seasonally, has anyone seen any of this recently in the shops anywhere in the area?

  1. alessandrino Jun 18, 2007 11:02 PM

    Definitely recommend the Bufala from Cilento - that tied for first in the Chronicle tasting...have been very lukewarm on the locally made Bubalis...

    1. rworange Jun 14, 2007 01:49 PM

      Kennsington Market carries it but I haven't tried it yet.

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        chemchef Jun 13, 2007 09:44 PM

        You might check Trader Joe's. I know that they've carried it in the past.

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          sgwood415 Jun 14, 2007 06:59 AM

          That one rated quite poorly in the taste test.

          1. re: sgwood415
            aeevr Jun 17, 2007 03:42 AM

            Really? I love the stuff at TJ's and buy it all the time.

            1. re: aeevr
              sgwood415 Jun 17, 2007 08:44 AM

              Yes, really, that one did not rate well. But hey, eat what you like. I haven't tried that one in awhile, but it did not fare well in the sfgate taste test by Carol Ness: "Third-ranked Mandara ($5.99 for 7 ounces, Trader Joe's) fell short both for texture and flavor. This mozzarella was "grainy" with the "texture of cottage cheese," and had a "tangy" but "decent" flavor."

        2. psb Jun 13, 2007 09:43 PM

          Cheeseboard is the standard.
          BTW, you might just go whole hog and try the BURRTA while you are at it ...
          that's like M di B turned up to 11. Although it is $$$ and addicting.
          It is best try C'board on Thr afternoon for BURRATA and probably for good MdiB.
          The Burrata in the green wrapper is better than the Bulbus stuff. As you say
          availability is slightly erratic, but they had it a couple of weeks ago.

          BTW, this is a frequently asked question, so worth searching archives for.

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          1. re: psb
            sgwood415 Jun 14, 2007 06:58 AM

            Didn't see any recent posts in the archives. I always grab some burrata when I see it, quite familiar with that one. It's a little different than mozerella di buffala. I'll check the cheeseboard for it.

          2. Ruth Lafler Jun 13, 2007 08:45 PM

            I've bought mozzarella di Bufala from Campagnia at Costco in Richmond. I haven't seen it in San Leandro, though, so not all of the stock it. It's $9.99 for 500 grams.

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              sgwood415 Jun 13, 2007 09:30 PM

              Costco? That sounds surprising given that good mozzarella di bufala should be eaten quite soon after it's made. How would you describe the quality?

              1. re: sgwood415
                Ruth Lafler Jun 13, 2007 09:36 PM

                I'm no expert, but it tasted pretty good to me!

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              Fussy Foodie Jun 13, 2007 07:23 PM

              Not sure, but you could try molinari's in North Beach and Lucca Ravioli in the mission.

              1. Lori SF Jun 13, 2007 07:15 PM

                not too long ago I saw at
                A. G. Ferrari Foods at the California location

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                1. re: Lori SF
                  Lori SF Jun 17, 2007 11:05 AM

                  This was in the SF Gate today- they mention the one I have tried from A.G Ferrari so that means they must still carry it, but you will find other places to try from this article.


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                  wally Jun 13, 2007 06:20 PM

                  Cheeseboard in Berkeley has a couple of brands. Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry Building has a California made mozzarella di bufala that the Chronicle did not know about.

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                    sgwood415 Jun 13, 2007 07:55 PM

                    Have you tried the Cowgirl version? I didn't know they made one. I'm curious to know how it compares to the Italian versions.

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                      sgwood415 Jun 13, 2007 07:59 PM

                      Looking at their website, I think they don't make it, but they sell one from Bubulus Bubalis in Northern Cal, which is made from Norcal buffaloes. Anyone try this cheese?

                      1. re: sgwood415
                        wally Jun 13, 2007 10:41 PM

                        Yes, when it is fresh it is very nice, somewhat firmer than Gustosella with a good dairy flavor and a little hit of salt.
                        They have been selling it for years.

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