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Burrata in Boston?

ecwashere7 Aug 20, 2009 01:31 PM

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.

  1. almansa Nov 14, 2009 12:41 PM

    I tried some from the Mozzarella House in Everett the other day. I was very impressed. They'll also fill it with mascarpone upon request.


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    1. re: almansa
      Chris VR Nov 14, 2009 04:36 PM

      Oooo! I've never heard of this place and that cheese looks luscious. I'm definitely going to be giving that a try, thanks!

    2. Lgalen Oct 19, 2009 04:02 PM

      I've gotten Buratta (didn't know that that's what it's called!) at Russo's in Waltham. My brother turned me onto this cheese many years ago,a nd I'd forgotten what a treat it is until I saw it at Russo's!

      1. ecwashere7 Oct 9, 2009 02:15 PM

        Thanks for all the feedback. I had a friend pick some up from Salumeria and drive it up for a dinner. We had it on bruschetta (grilled bread) with fresh heirlooms, basil, etc.. We definitely gorged ourselves.

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        1. re: ecwashere7
          barleywino Oct 9, 2009 03:46 PM

          Gioia will also ship overnight if you want some from the source...

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          phatchris Sep 21, 2009 01:25 PM

          I believe Monica's on Salem St in the North End carries it .

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            momoftwo Sep 17, 2009 03:33 AM

            you are in Nashua?? Believe it or not, I was just at Market Basket in Westford and in the specialty cheese case they had burratta. It was wrapped real pretty in paper kind of like parchment with a red ribbon on it. It was real soft and juicy feeling. I did not buy any so cannot vouch for anything other than seeing it there. What do you do with it?

            1. Ali G Sep 15, 2009 10:41 AM

              Salem Foods on Moody Street in Waltham has imported burrata. They had a sign up the other day saying it had just come in. They close early, maybe 6pm Mon - Sat. Just bought some mozzarella di bufala from them to finish off the garden tomatoes.

              Russos may also carry it in the cooler, but I've never looked for it.

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              1. re: Ali G
                y2000k Sep 15, 2009 04:06 PM

                Did you get the burrata from Salem Foods? How is it?

                Russo's does NOT carry burrata.

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                  Ali G Sep 16, 2009 02:22 PM

                  I didn't. I happened to notice a hand written sign that said something like "Burrata now available. Imported from Italy". I was there for a sandwich and arancini and was browsing the deli case while I waited. The buffalo mozzarella I bought was nice and creamy and made an excellent caprese salad.

                  Slightly off topic, but this is a great place for an Italian cold cuts sub. They will basically turn anything in the case into a sandwich and it's all freshly sliced up per order.

                  1. re: Ali G
                    lergnom Sep 16, 2009 03:02 PM

                    Imported? The stuff is for nearly immediate consumption.

                    Can you import this stuff? You can't as an individual bring in runny cheeses and this is a creamy dairy product.

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                      nsenada Sep 17, 2009 10:52 AM

                      Apparently so - the Fresh Cheese guy said they get it in twice a week, I believe. As I mentioned, there was a slightly funny smell to the wet plastic it was wrapped in, but after a rinse it tasted fine. This one also had green string tied around the top of the cheese, making it look like a two-segmented snowman with a noose around its neck.

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                      bear Sep 17, 2009 03:29 AM

                      Ali G, I think Salelm's great for deli, sausages etc, but I've never had a sandwich from there. How's the bread? And is it fresh? I'll have to check out the burrata, too.

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                        Ali G Sep 22, 2009 12:57 PM

                        The bread was fresh and chewy, but basically your normal sub roll. I did see loaves of bread up front by the cash register. Maybe they would make sandwiches on something they sell? I was in the mood for something simple...prosciutto and cheese, and for $4.99, I felt it was a good value and hit the spot. I also tried an arancini. It was large, like Domenic's, filled with a cube of cheese and ground beef. It was luke warm when I got it, so the cheese was not too melty. I wish I had tossed it in the oven for 10 mins. I love the arancini at Domenic's, but it can be almost too rich sometimes. This was a good balance.

                        I overlooked this place for a long time. I wouldn't go out of my way to get there, but it's a better option for a cold cut sub than the Greek and pseudo-Italian places that line the streets. Plus it's only a few blocks from me.

                    3. re: y2000k
                      Lgalen Oct 19, 2009 04:07 PM

                      I got some at Russo's in June, or at least what I assume was Buratta, based on the description above "2 segment snowman with a string noose around it's "neck". I think that the cheese I've gotten had a waxy covering it to, but when you cut it in half, it was like mozzarella, with a womb-like hole in the middle, filled with what I thought was butter. Is this what you guys are talking about? My brother turned me onto this cheese many years ago,a nd I'd forgotten what a treat it is until I saw it at Russo's!

                      1. re: y2000k
                        Spenbald Nov 14, 2009 12:32 PM

                        Ah, but now they DO! I picked some up today in the rightmost cooler at the bottom along with other mozzarella and ricotta.

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                      verka Sep 12, 2009 03:49 PM

                      Probably not as good as the other recommendations, but works in a pinch...Costco has some imported from Italy.

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                      1. re: verka
                        Gordough Sep 14, 2009 09:35 AM

                        I had some great Burrata at Il Casale in Belmont this past weekend. It has candied pistachios which seem odd at first but add a nice crunch.

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                        Zatan Sep 12, 2009 02:35 PM

                        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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                          yumyum Sep 21, 2009 08:30 AM

                          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.

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                            nsenada Sep 21, 2009 08:32 AM

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

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                              yumyum Sep 21, 2009 08:58 AM

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

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                                nsenada Sep 21, 2009 12:43 PM

                                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.

                        2. content Aug 25, 2009 06:55 PM

                          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
                            winecafe95 Aug 25, 2009 07:27 PM

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


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                              finlero Aug 26, 2009 07:06 AM

                              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.

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                              nsenada Sep 14, 2009 09:18 AM

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

                            3. yumyum Aug 20, 2009 01:59 PM

                              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
                                Grainiac Aug 20, 2009 04:40 PM

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

                                1. re: yumyum
                                  chicken pot pie Aug 20, 2009 06:21 PM

                                  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.

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                                    nsenada Sep 14, 2009 04:23 PM

                                    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
                                      yumyum Sep 16, 2009 09:32 AM

                                      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
                                        BostonZest Oct 19, 2009 04:39 PM

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

                                      2. BillieJean Aug 20, 2009 01:51 PM

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

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                                          Grainiac Aug 20, 2009 01:32 PM

                                          Fiore di Nonno makes burrata: http://fioredinonno.com/products.html

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