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Fresh Ricotta

Wet Towel Feb 12, 2009 01:51 PM

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

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    citygrrl2000 Feb 12, 2009 03:41 PM

    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
      vvv03 Feb 15, 2009 06:28 AM

      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
        jen kalb Feb 17, 2009 05:09 AM

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

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          lambretta76 Feb 17, 2009 04:53 PM

          How does it differ from ricotta salata?

          1. re: lambretta76
            Cheese Boy Feb 17, 2009 07:27 PM

            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
              jen kalb Feb 18, 2009 05:29 AM

              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
                bob96 Feb 18, 2009 07:12 AM

                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
                  jen kalb Feb 18, 2009 07:36 AM

                  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.

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        citygrrl2000 Feb 12, 2009 03:42 PM

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

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          foodforu Feb 13, 2009 06:46 AM

          Pastosas, the best on New Utrecht.

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            Wet Towel Feb 13, 2009 08:36 AM

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

            1. re: Wet Towel
              jen kalb Feb 13, 2009 09:32 AM

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

          2. bigmackdaddy Feb 13, 2009 09:36 AM

            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. lambretta76 Feb 13, 2009 01:00 PM

              Try Salvatore, it's expensive but delicious - http://www.salvatorebklyn.com/

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              1. re: lambretta76
                pitu Feb 14, 2009 01:10 PM

                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...

              2. pitu Feb 14, 2009 01:05 PM

                Best ricotta I've had in NY was from the Greenmarket (Saturday at Grand Army Plaza) - goat milk ricotta from the lady on the park side close to the library.

                Are there other sheep/goat dairy sellers at any of the farmer's markets making ricotta? It would be nice to find it on a non-Saturday....

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                  bob96 Feb 14, 2009 01:44 PM

                  The Calabro (CT)-made ricotta sold at Fairway is fresh and superb.

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                    Cheese Boy Feb 14, 2009 08:10 PM

                    These guys carry Calabro also and usually in abundance.

                    Look --> http://www.frankandsal.com/

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