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Jul 10, 2008 03:26 PM

Burrata in Toronto

Hi there,

I'm wondering if anyone knows where and when (and, if possible, the cost) to get burrata in Toronto.

I bought a piece recently from All the Best Fine Foods at Summerhill and it was great, but it was also $27. I know Cheese Boutique is supposed to have it in on a fairly regular basis, but Etobicoke's a hike from downtown. I recently read that Longo's is supposed to carry burrata in limited quantities. Can anyone confirm this, and if so, which location(s) and when they typically get it in?

Finally, anyone know of any restaurants in the city serving burrata?

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  1. hey there.
    might help folks point you in the right direction if you explain what it is...

    1. Burrata is one of those things that peeps into Toronto very rarely (the real thing, I mean) and those who get to enjoy it are very fortunate. Since you are asking about it, you must have had the real thing. It's illegal in Toronto because of the scandalously high fat content (yum). The cheese boutique carries a legal version of it, however, it sucks. It is not worth the trip. They have amazing cheeses, Burrata is not one of them. I'm sorry to break it to you, but the only way that you are going to be able to enjoy Burrata in Toronto is if someone smuggles it in from the States (prob. NYC) or Italy. If any is smuggled in, it's usually a hot commodity. I suggest that you make friends with someone that works at an Italian restaurant and get them to keep you posted. If you end up getting your hands on some, it's going to be expensive no matter what. A high grade Bufala Mozzarella can also be a good substitute in desperate situations (and it's cheaper, but make sure that you buy it fresh).
      As for restaurants, Tutti Matti has had it in the past.
      Good Luck!

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      1. re: contadino

        Very rarely is right!
        I've only had it at Michael Mina's in Vegas and while vacationing in Italy. It is so delicious and freshly made must be consumed within a day or so.

        1. re: contadino

          Sorry but how can it be illegal in Toronto due to fat content? That sounds a bit odd to me.

          1. re: Cat123

            I agree Cat123, I've never heard of any laws regarding the fat content of food in Canada. Been to McDonalds lately? I bought some burrata at All The Best, yes it was expensive but it's a product that gets shipped in direct from Italy and has a very short life span... like 3 days, justifying the high price tag. I would imagine all the shops get deliveries on the same day, every other Friday. Next Friday being the next delivery. Call around to the shops and reserve some, it is an incredible piece of dairy, worth every penny!

          2. re: contadino

            Found this in a old Toronto Life article. Is this not the real stuff?

            Bon Mozz
            It's jetted in from Apulia the second and fourth Friday of each month and lasts just a couple days. But burrata—fresh mozzarella on the outside, curd and butter within—makes any dairy hound raptuous. 250 grams $19.99. Cheese Boutique, 45 Ripley Ave., 416-762-6292.

            1. re: contadino

              Comment on 'legality'.
              It's only legal to be imported if the milk/cream it's made from is pasteurized. The original version (Italian) was made from unpasteurized cream, but all 'legal' imports come from pasteurized versions. The fat content is irrelevant.
              The 'pasteurization' requirement is 'theoretically' imposed because of the risk of "listeria" a bacterium that can be fatal - at least according to the FDA (US) and presumably Canadian equivalents.
              That sounds like a noble aim - EXCEPT I can find no case of unpasteurized cheeses leading to death from listeria. All of these have actually come from pasteurized cheeses (don't have the details at hand right now, but I believe in Canada this resulted from a listeria (or possibly salmonella) outbreak in Epoisses cheese which in France is unpasteurized, but the culprit imported version was pasteurized).
              Of course, more people die each year from eggs/chicken salmonella - but we have to protect the local, farm product producers from these tasty less dangerous imports!
              Rant over!

            2. La Fromagerie on College at Ossington has it. Go there right away!

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              1. re: stapler

                do you know how frequently they have it and at what price? i've found their products to be on the higher end of the price scale though they're my only accessible downtown location for tasty pain perdu baguettes, which incidentally are actually well priced compared to the actual pain perdu location.

              2. I bought it 3 or 4 weeks ago at Alex Farms on Yonge north of Eglinton. They said they don't have it every week so you may want to call and ask. It was authentic, original tag in Italian attached, wrapped in green plastic leaves. Delicious fatty goodness. I had a "burrata" from Cheese Boutique recently and didn't realize until it was home that it was an Ontario version. We should have asked about the source since it was much cheaper, I assumed it was just going to be smaller. I'm all for local cheese but there was no comparison in taste, absolutely not even remotely worth the calories.

                  1. re: Kagemusha

                    Afrim at The Cheese Boutique gave me some of the real deal a month or so ago and it rocked my world.

                    He only gets it in now and again though.

                    1. re: Non Doctor

                      Old thread, I know, but I discovered yesterday The Cheese Boutique is carrying both imported ($40) and locally produced ($14). The locally produced is about double the portion size of the imported. I never noticed it before as they keep it on the "other side" of the cheese counter with the olives and meat.

                      1. re: Boodah

                        Thanks for the tip. I'd like to know from anyone who's tried both versions what they thought of the flavour/texture/quality of each against the price difference.

                        1. re: Full tummy

                          I bought the locally produced. It was definitely worth it to me, the taste/texture were both pleasant. I'd buy it again.

                          1. re: Boodah

                            Thanks for that. I've never tried it, but would like to...

                            1. re: Full tummy

                              Did you see pinstripeprincess' post at the end? In my experience the Canadian burrata is just a bit better than fresh mozzarella.