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Can the alleged mozzarella topping on certain pizzas even be called cheese?

tinyalice Aug 3, 2009 06:43 PM

I've been ordering takeout pizza from a local uws joint. The topping they call "mozzarella" cannot really be a dairy product much less cheese. It is a bland, tasteless glop which must be combined w/ something found in nature: mushrooms, onions, etc. in order to have any flavor at all. I'm wondering if it is a citywide phenomenon. Anyone have the same or similar experience w/ pizza which falls outside of a DiFara or a John's league? If so, is there anything that can be done or must we simply accept it as a whole 'nother type of ersatz pizza experience?

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    kathryn RE: tinyalice Aug 3, 2009 07:09 PM

    Yes, it's city wide...and could even be considered nation-wide. It's called "Wisconsin pizza cheese" and is cheap and easy to handle.


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      tinyalice RE: kathryn Aug 4, 2009 03:12 AM

      It's pretty bad. I guess calling it "Wisconsin" lends it an air of dairy-ness. Yuck!! Thanks for the link & the info.

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        LeahBaila RE: kathryn Aug 4, 2009 05:05 AM

        Yep, and you'll find this crap in your grocer's freezer, as well. Even some of the "nicer" frozen pizza brands use this stuff.


      2. princeofpork RE: tinyalice Aug 4, 2009 07:13 AM

        It comes in 10 pound bags at restaurant distributors. So much cheaper than 100% real mozz.

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          notsochubbychubette RE: tinyalice Aug 4, 2009 08:03 AM

          you need to order FRESH mozzarella (Margarita pie).

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            agourmandslife RE: tinyalice Aug 5, 2009 05:13 PM

            Actually, you can find that tasteless glop at both DiFara's and John's too. They don't use fresh mozzarella on all their pizzas.

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              Cheese Cheesely RE: agourmandslife Aug 5, 2009 05:34 PM

              i was operating under the assumption that there was a big difference between aged mozz and wisconsin cheese

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