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Feb 12, 2009 01:51 PM

Fresh Ricotta

Any recommendations for where to buy it in Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights/Bensonhurst area?

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  1. Coluccio's on 60th Street between 12th & 13th Avenues.
    Lioni's Latticini on 15th Avenue in the 70's.

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    1. re: citygrrl2000

      I second the Coluccio recommendation. I got the stiffer kind that they slice for you -- wonderful on its own or for cooking. Now I'm in the mood for some again. Too bad Coluccio is a get a zipcar destination trip for me.

      1. re: vvv03

        thats ricattone, great stuff - they gave me a sample last time.

        1. re: jen kalb

          How does it differ from ricotta salata?

          1. re: lambretta76

            Ricottone. Almost like a paneer. Paneer is similar to pressed ricotta except the curd is drier and has no salt added to it. Ricotta salata is salted, pressed longer, allowed to age longer, all resulting in a much firmer texture and far less squeaky cheese.

            1. re: lambretta76

              It is still quite moist , tender and milky vs. the dryness and saltiness of ricotta salata , The ricattone I had was not as firm and compressed as a commercial paneer - the individual curds were still visible and it would not be fryable - too fragile.

              1. re: jen kalb

                Will have to ask for it next time I'm in Coluccio's. There's also what's come to be called basket cheese, which I'd always thought was a lightly formed and dried ricotta, but still friable. This may be the tuma or sciungata (dialect) of southern Italy, but I remember it as a kid in Brooklyn latticini, as an Easter or springtime speciality. It's still around.

                1. re: bob96

                  Coluccio sells basket cheese (which I havent sampled) and this other cheese I called ricottone (what a lady buying it asked for) which they offer on a large platter and cut pieces off of. Im pretty sure its a cows milk product, though whether its the secondary whey product (produced after ricotta is made from the remaining whey) discribed in online sources as ricottone I dont know. Id be interested to hear what you find out. The cheese guys at Coluccio are very helpful.

      2. Also for Bay Ridge A & S Pork Store on 5th off 86th Street (but I am not positive about this one so call).

        1. Pastosas, the best on New Utrecht.

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          1. re: foodforu

            Thanks for all of these. Citygrrl, I'm pretty sure Lioni doesn't make its own Ricotta. You sure?

            1. re: Wet Towel

              I dont think any of these stores make their own but they have them in fresh condition.

          2. These places aren't in the areas you requested but they have great ricotta non-the-less. Caputo's Fine Foods on Court and 4th and Blue Apron on Union St between 7th and 8th Aves.

              1. re: lambretta76

                p.s. good to know about Salvatore...I'll look for it.
                There's one Union Market sells in a cup bursting over with cheese, cased in plastic. Great presentation. It's pretty good, don't recall the brand.

                The farmer's market goat lady makes hers at 2am market days, so it's crazy fresh...