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Buffalo mozzerella?

Anyone know where to find the real deal?

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  1. By "real deal" are you referring just to real buffalo, or to real Italian buffalo? Scheffler's in SLM carries an Ontario buffalo mozzarella that is delicious.

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    1. There is a thread earlier this year, with additional sources such as Lady Diana, and Grande Cheese. Also the factory store in Vaughan/Concord.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/576176

      1. Costco has the real deal from Italy, I think it's like $8 for a ball.

        1. Depending where you live and how far you are willing to travel, I suggest Lady York on Dufferin and Concord Grocery Store on Centre St. (Thornhill).

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          1. re: lamaranthe

            Thanks for the suggestions. Actually just got back from my daily stroll and found it in my own neighbourhood at Jerry's Suprmarket. What a nice little place. Good butchery in there as well.

          2. I wasn't overwhelmed by imported buffalo mozzarella, which I suspect didn't benefit from transit and shelf time. Have had the real thing and what's sold here is close--but no cigar. Aside from a slightly milder taste, fresh domestic non-buffalo mozzas, bladder-pac'd, aren't bad value. Never saw imported mozzarella at west-end Costcos, nor could employees track it the inventory.

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            1. re: Kagemusha

              It's available at Etobicoke right now.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                I just saw it yesterday at the Costco at Warden & Ellesmere. In the cheese refrigerator, in a small container. About $8.00.

                1. re: Full tummy

                  I bought it there, but it is expensive compared to the fresher Ontario product, which they don't have.

                  1. re: jayt90

                    I buy International Cheese fresh mozzarella at Mississauga Costcos--about $4 and change each for a twofer pac. Nice stuff, hyper-fresh. Great on a homemade pizza with fresh tomatoes and backyard basil and herbs.

                      1. re: jayt90

                        If a potentially rancid, over-priced import works for you, rock on. The domestic moo-cow version ain't half bad. Worth a try.

                        1. re: Kagemusha

                          Just to be fair, in all my years of eating imported buffalo mozzarella, I've never had even one rancid one, although I have always been curious why they manage to do that.

                          However they are indeed overpriced. I couldn't bear to get them at the St. Lawrence Market yesterday, knowing the same thing at CAD 12 (and taxes) are only 2 Euros when they're on sale at the supermarket in Europe!!

                          1. re: tarteaucitron

                            Bought a decidedly "off" pricey import about a year ago from an Italian deli. Obviously, the exception doesn't prove the rule but the flavor difference doesn't really justify the almost 3x price spread.

                            1. re: Kagemusha

                              It must be extra disappointing, since pricey usually means higher expectations. I'll be tempted to bring it back for a refund if I come across that.

                              Based on what everyone says here, I will try one of those local buffalo when I have a chance too!

                    1. re: jayt90

                      Which Ontario product are you referring to?

                      1. re: Full tummy

                        In this thread, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/576176 you'll find reference to Ontario water bison mozzarella. There is at least one farm in Hastings supplying water bison or buffalo milk to a cheese maker in Concord. Available at
                        Lady York, Grande , Jerry's, and Concord Grocery, as well as the factory outlet.

                        1. re: jayt90

                          Thanks, I've been up to Quality Cheese before but didn't buy the buffalo mozzarella. I think I'll e-mail them and see if anyplace in the east end is selling it.

                          1. re: jayt90

                            Yep, got it from Jerry's and pleased to report it was delicious with some nice organic tomatoes, fresh basil and a little olive oil...yummers!