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crema bel paese cheese in los angeles

rhm1234 Aug 22, 2009 11:32 PM

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


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  1. a213b RE: rhm1234 Aug 23, 2009 12:15 AM

    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.

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      Burger Boy RE: rhm1234 Aug 23, 2009 05:24 AM

      What is that? Sounds good.

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        TravelPath RE: Burger Boy Aug 23, 2009 10:36 PM

        A creamy semi-soft cheese originally from Northern Italy ( Lombardy, I believe) It is delicious with fruit and white wines...as 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!

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          Burger Boy RE: TravelPath Aug 23, 2009 10:40 PM

          Is it like a burrata?

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            TravelPath RE: Burger Boy Aug 24, 2009 11:34 AM

            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!

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            rhm1234 RE: TravelPath Aug 30, 2009 08:07 PM

            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.

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              bad nono RE: rhm1234 Sep 21, 2009 06:48 PM

              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.

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            ganeden RE: Burger Boy Aug 23, 2009 11:06 PM

            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. budsoftaste RE: rhm1234 Aug 24, 2009 07:00 AM

            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

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              valleychowhound RE: rhm1234 Aug 26, 2009 07:08 PM

              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!

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                TravelPath RE: rhm1234 Aug 26, 2009 10:53 PM

                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.

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                  budlit RE: rhm1234 Sep 21, 2009 03:31 PM

                  try guido marcello in santa monica

                  1. Das Ubergeek RE: rhm1234 Sep 21, 2009 09:43 PM

                    I've totally seen it but I'm not sure if it was Claro's (Tustin or San Gabriel branches are the two I frequent), Cortina's (Anaheim) or Monte Carlo (Burbank).

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                      maudies5 RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 21, 2009 10:16 PM

                      Call David, the cheese guy at Surfas.

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                      tsbummer RE: rhm1234 Jun 10, 2011 05:17 PM

                      In Santa Monica, there is a small store on 10th Street (east side of the street) in the block north of Olympic, Guido M's, which you would miss if you were not looking. They sell packages of 8 single serves.

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