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Aug 22, 2009 11:32 PM

crema bel paese cheese in los angeles

Anyone know where i can find crema bel paese cheese in Los Angeles?


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  1. I believe I've seen it at both Beverly Hills Cheese Store and Artisan Cheese Gallery (in Studio City). I would call ahead, though, just to make sure.

      1. re: Burger Boy

        A creamy semi-soft cheese originally from Northern Italy ( Lombardy, I believe) It is delicious with fruit and white a child in Torino, I always had it with ripe pears...delicious! Be careful though...Bel Paese is now also made in the US, and it is not nearly as good as the Italian import...IMO!

          1. re: Burger Boy

            I always like to compare it to a very soft Monterey Jack with a rich creamy mild flavor. Interesting note...a number of Italian markets (Bay Cities, Monte Carlo, Sorrento) in the LA area are having difficulty getting the imported product...Bristol Farms carries it on occasion!

          2. re: TravelPath

            i'm actually looking for crema bel paese, not semi-soft bel paese. the cream version is a processed spead, like cream cheese. i've never seen it in the US.

            1. re: rhm1234

              I think I have seen it sporadically in the past at the Larchmont outpost of Bottega Marino, but I haven't been recently so you mat want to give them a call to check.

          3. re: Burger Boy

            Bel Paese is really a rather ordinary cheese in Italy, though of high quality. It's one of the bland, buttery cheeses, and can be a bit of a chameleon, in that it can melt well like mozarrella and is quite neutral in flavor, so it works well on pizza. But its claim to fame is really an eating cheese in its country of origin, interestingly it claims fame as a melting cheese in France.

          4. Incidentally, 8 oz. offers it on their burgers. I believe it comes lightly breaded and fried. Don't know if it's domestic or imported though.

            Table 8
            7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

            1. A long time ago, I used to be able to get it from Vons. A long, long time ago... sigh.

              Have you tried Bay City Deli in Santa Monica? It's been a while since I've been there, but it's worth a try.

              Let us know when/where you find them!

              1. Bristol Farms Manhattan Beach has it in the small single serving rounds...they used to have the large wheels but the manager indicated that they did not sell enough of it to justify stocking this any more.