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Mozzarella: Where does Mozza get theirs?

young_chower May 10, 2009 09:25 PM

Does anyone know where the Mozzas get their Mozzarella from? I LOVED the mozzarella when I was there and would like to track some down for myself. Or... perhaps someone knows of even better mozzarella and where I can get it?


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  1. a_and_w RE: young_chower May 11, 2009 12:48 PM

    Gioa Cheese Co. in El Monte is the place to go for fresh mozzarella. I believe Bay Cities in Santa Monica also carries their cheese and buratta.

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      rickym13 RE: a_and_w May 11, 2009 01:54 PM

      can you go there direct to purchase?

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        wilafur RE: rickym13 May 11, 2009 05:24 PM

        yes. gioia cheese is open for walk-ins M-F.

        Gioia Cheese Co
        1605 Potrero Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

      2. re: a_and_w
        vinosnob RE: a_and_w May 12, 2009 09:27 AM

        In addition to Bay Cities you can get Gioa's burrata at Monte Carlo in Burbank

        Pinocchio Restaurant & Monte Carlo Italian Deli
        3103 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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        Psiweaver RE: young_chower May 11, 2009 05:53 PM

        I like the guy at the Sunday Hollywood farmer's market its usually made like a day before and is always good. He's usually on the left hand side way north of sunset.

        Mozza makes there own in house is my understanding.

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          panahead RE: Psiweaver May 11, 2009 06:41 PM

          i don't know where mozza gets their cheese.. but you can always try...
          Bubalus Bubalis
          18207 S. Broadway, Gardena, CA 90248
          Tel: (310) 515-0500
          they are one of the only dairies making real buffalo mozzarela from water buffalos in southern california... gelsons among other stores carries it... or this place near lax... but they use milk or a cow...
          Angelo & Franco, 3441 Jack Northrup Ave., Building 14, Hawthorne

          310-263-0506 or angeloandfranco.com

          let me know what you think...

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            Charles Pepper RE: panahead May 11, 2009 06:52 PM

            recently asked Angelo & Franco where their mozzarella was available. (The info is not available on their website) Angelo wrote back:

            "Angelo & Franco" factory in 3441 jack Northrop ave Hawthorne,Ca 90250
            - "Beverly Hills Cheese Shop"419 N Beverly Dr Beverly Hills 90210
            -"Monsieur Marcel" 6333 W 3rd St Los angeles 90036
            -"The Curious Palate " 12034 Venice Blvd Los Angeles Ca 90066
            -"Bay Cities Italian Import Store" 1517 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica CA 90401
            And in few weeks in Whole Foods Supermarket .

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              young_chower RE: Charles Pepper May 11, 2009 08:06 PM

              Great! I also really enjoyed the mozzarella at the curious palate, so I think that this place might be the winner.

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                bruinike RE: Charles Pepper Aug 22, 2009 01:21 PM

                Drove to Hawthorne to get two tubs of the Angelo & Franco mozzarella as I read great things from FOOD GPS and Tasting Table and they weren't there. Thankfully, I had a cell # from their website with me and they apologized and said they were off to the West LA Whole Foods for a demo so met them there. Tubs are 2 for $5 which is a steal!!! They sell them at their factory for $4 and all the shops listed above sell them for $8. One week sale only. They are the West LA Whole Foods until 3PM today and then going to the El Segundo one to demo there. I tasted the Ricotta and it was DIVINE!!!

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            jeffandnat RE: young_chower May 11, 2009 07:20 PM

            I stopped by Angelo and Franco today in Hawthorne and picked up two tubs. Angelo showed me around the place, what a great guy. Just finished a little pre season caprese. Great Mozzarella! $4 for two nice sized balls, what a deal. Also at Bay Cities.

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              outshined RE: young_chower May 12, 2009 09:32 AM

              The LA Times did a feature on mozzarella this past Sunday and mentioned Mozza:

              At Osteria Mozza, an L.A. restaurant with a mozzarella bar opened by chef Nancy Silverton (and company) in 2007, locally produced cow's milk mozzarella is served, along with burrata (a kind of mozzarella) flown in every Thursday from the Basilicata region of Italy.


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                junglekitte RE: outshined May 15, 2009 11:40 AM

                Ahhh no wonder it was so delicious! I ordered the pizza with burrata @ Mozza and have been wondering where I could get it. I saw it at Trader Joe's last night so I snatched it up and tried to recreate the pizza. The burrata was good but definitely not as good as Mozza's flown from Italy. *sigh*

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                  Bert RE: junglekitte Jul 7, 2012 09:44 PM

                  actually, the burrata used at the pizzeria is gioia (or at least it used to be). they use the imported stuff (and sometimes locally sourced di stefano burrata) at the osteria.
                  as for the stuff at trader joe's, that is NOT burrata. it's labeled as such, but it's terrible stuff.

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                condiment RE: young_chower May 12, 2009 09:46 AM

                Gioia is pretty good, but it's not where Mozza gets most of its mozzarella. The marquee stuff is the burrata from Basilicata, which you can often get at Silver Lake Cheese. Freshness is absolutely crucial; you want to go on Thursday or Friday.

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                  a_and_w RE: condiment May 12, 2009 09:57 AM

                  Maybe not Mozza, but I believe A16 in SF gets their burrata from Gioia daily.

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                    condiment RE: a_and_w May 12, 2009 03:57 PM

                    Gioia is great, and we're lucky to have it as a local resource. Its product just lacks the depth of flavor that the best Italian mozzarella tends to have.

                2. georgempavlov RE: young_chower May 14, 2009 11:18 PM

                  Pretty sure Mozza makes their mozzarello on the premises.

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                    QualityMart RE: georgempavlov May 16, 2009 11:02 PM

                    I dunno about on the premises, but I've also read that Nancy makes her own mozzarella. I could swear she also bought an olive farm in Italy and essentially has her own olive oil.

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                      epop RE: QualityMart May 16, 2009 11:56 PM

                      I've seen her use an olive oil from Spain that can be bought at whole foods.

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                        condiment RE: epop May 18, 2009 10:23 AM

                        Different oils for different uses. At least one of the kinds she uses is from the Umbrian village cooperative that incorporates olives from her land into the blend.

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                    Charles Pepper RE: young_chower Jul 6, 2009 03:16 AM

                    Mozza's new take out place, Mozza 2 Go, said they will begin selling balls of their mozzarella to customers this coming Tuesday.

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                      supergeek RE: young_chower Aug 13, 2009 08:45 PM

                      I was at Pizzeria Mozza on Monday and was sitting at the bar. They do use Gioia burrata (the guy was scooping it out of a tub). Like all the other posters said, you can buy it at Bay Cities, though Gioia only ships them out on Mondays and Thursdays, so your best bet is going there on a Tuesday or Friday. Also, you CAN pick it up at the factory at South El Monte (did it today!) and it will have been made fresh that day, but you have to order before 11am the day that you want your product, since they don't keep extras on hand.

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                        sparkareno RE: supergeek Aug 14, 2009 10:18 AM

                        Isn't that brand also available at Bristol Farms? I think Whole Foods carries Bel Gioso or something but I like the Bristol Farms one better. $9.99 for a 1lb tub.

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                          supergeek RE: sparkareno Oct 12, 2009 12:09 PM

                          Yes, Bristol Farms carries it too.

                      2. estnyboer RE: young_chower Aug 26, 2009 11:04 PM

                        Surfas gets fresh mozarella in every Friday afternoon late. Go there Saturday morning to make sure you get it before they run out.

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                          js76wisco RE: estnyboer Jul 6, 2012 07:29 PM

                          Does anybody know places in OC you can buy Gioia? I didn't see it at Claro's and my only other guess would be Cortinas. If not can you recommend another good mozzarella suitable for pizza? I've been using Polly O because I was in a pinch and they had it at whole foods. We're aiming for a more NYC type of shredded mozzarella at places that sell by the slice (Joes or any neighborhood place in Queens or Brooklyn) rather than the type you'd plop on in bigger pieces a la Mozza, Milo n Olive, etc...

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                            JudiAU RE: js76wisco Jul 7, 2012 09:02 AM

                            Then Goia is not what you want. Goia makes fresh mozzarella not the semi-processed stuff you are describing.

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                              jblee RE: js76wisco Jul 7, 2012 03:48 PM

                              Bristol Farms in NB carries Gioia burrata.

                          2. perk RE: young_chower Jul 6, 2012 07:39 PM

                            Andrew's Cheese Shop in Santa Monica has classes in mozzarella making. I took it last year. It's great fun...

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