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North Fork..fresh mozzarella?

  • erica Aug 6, 2008 03:49 PM

Does anyone know of a source for good, fresh (as in made the day of sale) mozzarella on the North Fork? I tried some recently from Bruce's in Greenport and it was not good.
I understand that Wayside Market makes it a few times a week, in store..any comments on their cheese?

And I have seen a sign for mozzarella on a farm stand on Sound Avenue in or near Riverhead..does any one have more info on the stand and their product?

Many thanks!

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  1. We used to get our mozzarella at Welles Homestead in Jamesport (it used to be Scully's). It was decent, and the best we found on the North Fork, though I wouldn't turn cartwheels like I did for the one from the Iron Tomato in Mamaroneck. I have never checked, but it is possible that the cheese shop on Love Lane in Mattituck might also be a source. We never got cheese from Wayside, but if you like a good steak on the grill, we always found their beef to be superb!

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    1. re: roxlet

      I think your best shot is indeed the Village Cheese Shop right smack in the middle of Mattituck:

      105 Love Lane, 631.298-8556

      1. re: emarcus

        Wickham's in Cutchogue may also have it in their cheese fridge.

        1. re: emarcus

          Thanks..I will call them and see if they make it there.. Will also check out the stand where I noticed the sign on Sound Avenue..

          1. re: erica

            I was just at Wickham's this afternoon...they have fresh mozzarella, $9/lb, in the fridge.

            1. re: EricMM

              Thanks, Eric. I was hoping to find a place that made it every day and where I could buy it while it was still on the shelf, not yet put in the fridge...like they do at Italian places in NYC.... I think Wayside does this but they do not make it daily..

            2. re: erica

              The stand is Schmidt's. They have a sign advertising fresh mozzarella but when I stopped, they told me that they get delivery once a week from NYC. The cheese was shrink-wrapped and stored in a cooler. The produce looked nice, though.

              1. re: erica

                Schmidts is the place to go to for spinach, I've never had any other as good.

                1. re: coll

                  Thanks, Coll. I will keep it in mind!

                2. re: erica

                  Fresh Mozz should not be shrink wrapped...it should be either consumed the day it was made ot kept in water which should be changed daily until it is all consumed.

          2. I stopped at Harbes on Sound Ave yesterday, just over the Riverhead border (against my will unfortunately, but it was 6:00) and they had fresh mozzarella advertised, although I didn't see it displayed. I was in a bad mood from being there so didn't get the details, sorry.

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            1. re: coll

              Updating this to ask if anyone knows a source for fresh made-in-store mozzarella other than Wayside Market, where the cheese is made at the store on the weekends. They charge $14.99 a pound. It is better than the mozzarella made at Fairway ($5.99 a pound), but not THAT much better.

              1. re: erica

                Maybe check with Sang Lee farm or KK.

                1. re: Jenginger

                  Thanks, but although both are good sources of vegetables, neither makes their own mozzarella, or any other cheese.

                  One place that does make it is GRANA Pizzeria in Jamesport. I went for the first time last week and was very pleased with the pizza that we tried. Did not think their mozzarella was as good as that made by Wayside, however.

                  1. re: erica

                    Technically, last I heard, they buy the mozzarella curd so it's not really "from scratch". But they know what they're doing in general.

                    1. re: coll

                      Interesting, Coll. I did not know that and they didi not mention it. Maybe they ought to try making from scratch, as it does not stand up to the quality of the cheese from Wayside. They sell it for $9 per ball, so it might be less pricey than Wayside, depending on the size of the ball.

                      1. re: erica

                        There is no one on Long Island who makes mozzarella "from scratch" in that manner; they all use curd. No place that isn't a proper dairy could deal with the quantity of milk you'd need. Even DiPalo in the City--perhaps the leading Italian latticini in the country--uses curd. And you can make excellent mozz from curd.

                        That said, I second rec for Love Lane Market.

                        1. re: emarcus

                          Further reading: an old article that has lost its formatting!

                          http://www.newsday.com/food-day-wedne...

                          1. re: emarcus

                            Does Love Lane Market make their own mozzarella? Thanks. I don't care if it is made from curd or not. I consider DiPalo to be the gold standard of mozzarella here in the NYC area.
                            Last week I visited a cheese maker in Puglia and watched the process..one of these days I will get up the courage to try my own hand!!

                            1. re: erica

                              According to this they do:
                              http://northfork.patch.com/listings/l...

                              1. re: erica

                                Yes, The Love Lane Market does make their own mozzarella from curds. They make as needed and have no set production days of the week.

                2. Try the Love Lane Market in Mattituck.