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Aug 20, 2009 01:31 PM

Burrata in Boston?

I live in Nashua, NH and am searching for burrata. I'd love to find some place close to me, but I'll be wiling to drive into Boston to get it. Does anyone have a source? I tried doing some research and came across Gioia Cheese which was sold at Whole Foods at one time, but my search there came up empty.

Thanks for your help.

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    1. Formaggio Cheese shoppe in South End sells Burrata made in Somerville, of all places!

      1. The best burrata is imported (almost) daily to Salumeria Italia in the North End. I call in the morning and have them save one or two for me, race into town, double park, and run in to get it. Much as I like to support local Somerville purveyors, the Fiore di Nonno / Somerville burrata is a mere shadow of the imported stuff.

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        1. re: yumyum

          Ah yes....good point - I was just thinking of some locally produced :)

          1. re: yumyum

            Fiore di Nonno is pretty clear about the fact that their burrata is an adaptation of traditional burrata. It is made with mascarpone rather than the traditional curd and/or cream. I just didn't want people to think they were trying to pass off their adaptation as the "real" Italian burrata you can find at Salumeria. However, there are many interesting flavors in their adaptation and as you said, it is made fresh daily in Somerville.

            1. re: yumyum

              Couldn't agree more, after just having eaten some. The richness of the real thing is unmatched by the stuff I've had to date (the bel gioso version). I ate it about 30 minutes ago, and I'm still tasting it (in a good way). The only weird part was that the bag it came in had the slight aroma of "dirty sponge," so I rinsed the cheese, and didn't notice an off flavor. Had it with cherry tomatoes, micro basil (the bugs have eaten most of the big leaves) and aged balsamic.

              1. re: yumyum

                Update -- called Salumeria to check on the burrata sitch and they are now getting it on Thursdays. Lasts until about Saturday so consider it a weekend lay in bed eating cheese treat.

                1. re: yumyum

                  We had a piece of the Burrata from Salumeria this weekend and I agree that it is the best we've tasted.

                2. I've gotten myself a ball of burrata at Fresh Cheese Deli in the North End after I found out it was seasonal at Salumeria Italiana.

                  And a friend picked some up once at Costco of all places!

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                  1. re: content

                    Dave's Fresh Pasta in Somerville also carries burrata AND a bevy of other yummy cheeses...and some pretty tasty ravioli!


                    1. re: winecafe95

                      Just to be clear, Dave's carries the Fiore di Nonno faux burrata. It's cool it's made locally, but I agree with yumyum that it's unfortunately not especially good. I can't argue with the ravioli though.

                      Clearly not super-helpful to a Nashuan, but if you ever find yourself on Federal Hill in Providence, Constantino's imports both burrata and stracciatella, to say nothing of their piles of other great imports and excellent locally-baked bread. IMO it pretty much buries any of the stores in Boston.

                    2. re: content

                      Just picked some up at Fresh Cheese - can't wait to eat it. I think it was around $10.

                    3. I am not familiar with true burrata so cannot pass judgement on quality, taste, etc,. but I found some at Trader Joe's in Brookline the other day. Tastes nice, it is like fresh (though not particularly great) mozarella outside and filled with "cream". Not bad.....

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                      1. re: Zatan

                        I tried TJs burrata this weekend. It's not bad at all, and better than Fiore di Nonno IMO. Still nothing like the stuff from the source.

                        1. re: yumyum

                          Agreed. By the way, I had the Salumeria Italiana burrata this weekend, and I think I liked the Fresh Cheese one better.

                          1. re: nsenada

                            !!! I better get over to Fresh Cheese. Thanks for helping with the horizontal testing.

                            1. re: yumyum

                              You're most welcome. I happened to be in Bina Alimentaria today, and noticed they were selling the domestic stuff for $6.50 per cheese ball, the same price I paid for imported at Salumeria Italiana.