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dream_of_giusti Jul 11, 2007 09:36 AM

I am looking for a place to buy really good fresh mozzarella and a block of aged parm. I will travel for food, but would love to have a local place to frequent in my general area. I'm talking montgomery county; cheltenham, jenkintown, abington, anywhere close. Or NE philly. I want to keep the price relatively inexpensive as I don't have a big food budget. A couple people from my office suggested whole foods or trader joes, any suggestions on brands? As always your ideas are appreciated.

  1. OlderPhiladelphian Jul 12, 2007 08:18 PM

    You have no choice but to get in your car and drive into the city. There is no way a cheese place in Montgomery County will work. Believe me I have lived in both places. So come into 9th Street and go Claudio's. Thats it. Life is that simple.

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      dream_of_giusti Jul 13, 2007 12:04 PM

      Since the consensus is, I must make the trip into the city...Does anyone know how much I should expect to spend?

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        Tonyjlive Jul 13, 2007 01:51 PM

        It's either $5.99 or $6.99/lb. Each ball is about 3/4 of a pound on average I'd say. It'll be a good excuse to get to the Italian market and get some goodies. As above mentioned, the small factory next door is where young Claudio makes the mozz, they sell it right there and also next door at the big Claudio's store. I guess one could make the point that it's a bit fresher at the shop where they make it but who am I to weigh in on such a topic.
        PS. You are making the right choice by coming in

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          Bigley9 Jul 16, 2007 07:56 AM

          If you are coming in, try Mancuso's as well as Claudios. Mancuso's is on Passyunk, about 2 blocks below Tasker. They make theirs fresh everyday as well - the difference is Claudio's uses a machine (imported from Italy) and Mancuso's makes theirs by hand. Mancuso's also offers salted or unsalted. I love them both, but they are different!

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        YoccosFan Jul 11, 2007 02:33 PM

        As a couple others have suggested, I think Altomonte's in Warminster is a great idea. They have 3 different kinds of mozzarella cheese balls you can buy. Sam's Italian Market in Willow Grove/Horsham is also excellent. They have a great variety of Italian foods including mozzarella cheese. One other suggestion would be Steve Stein's Deli in Northeast Philadelphia located in the Krewstown shopping center. Good luck.

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          dream_of_giusti Jul 12, 2007 06:42 AM

          Thanks for the suggestions! I've been to Sam's before, so I will probably try there first. I will also try the Steve Stein's Deli, that is not out of the way for me.

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          Beulah Jul 11, 2007 01:46 PM

          There's an Italian deli called (I think) Sam's on Rte 63 west of the Willow Grove mall -- just drive west and it's on the left a block or so after a traffic light with a bank on the corner and a couple of blocks before Sam's Club -- if you get there you've gone too far! They have fresh mozarella (large & small balls) and ricotta and 1 day a week they have whole wheat Italian bread -- Wednesday, I think. If you ever go to Willow Grove Park it's very convenient.

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            Bigley9 Jul 11, 2007 10:35 AM

            I used to get good mozarella at a little Italian grocery on Rt13/Frankford Ave about 1/2 mile south of Woodhaven Rd. Anyone know what I am talking about and if it is still there?

            1. Den Jul 11, 2007 10:18 AM

              You can go to Taste of Italy on Bethlehem Pike in Springhouse. You could also go to Altemonte's in Warminster.

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                Bride of the Juggler Jul 11, 2007 09:42 AM

                You may never have fresher mozzarella that traveling in to Center City to Claudio's cheese factory in the Italian Market (the cheese factory, not the store). They make the cheese fresh their constantly. Often you can ask for 'whatever's still warm.' Thank you.

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                  dream_of_giusti Jul 11, 2007 09:56 AM

                  Thanks. I kinda figured that the Italian Market would have to be my destination, but I would like somewhere closer to home.

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                    Kater Jul 16, 2007 08:26 AM

                    Where is home? No, I don't want to come and visit but if you're more specific then we can help provide a solution near home. If you're anywhere near Norristown, there is a Taluto's outlet store in Trooper than makes their own mozarella and it is very good.

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                    Buckethead Jul 11, 2007 10:23 AM

                    Mancuso and Son on Passyunk Ave. around 13th also makes fresh mozzarella and ricotta daily. They also have the best water ice I've ever had.

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                      coolgeek Jul 22, 2007 12:08 PM

                      Claudio's fresh mozzarella is also available at Sue's produce at 18th/Sansom

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