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sheep's milk ricotta on LI

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ossauiraty Dec 23, 2009 12:14 PM

Where can I find it? I've tried Fairway, Whole Foods, and Uncle Giuseppe's with no luck! Anyone??
May just have to make the trip to diPalo's.

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  1. coll RE: ossauiraty Dec 24, 2009 01:23 AM

    I've seen sheep milk products at Wild by Nature, give them a call.

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      emarcus RE: ossauiraty Dec 24, 2009 04:38 AM

      I'm not hopeful, but you could try Ceriello's in Albertson, Razzano's in Glen Cove, Village Cheese in Mattituck? If you do find it on LI, please report back!

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        ossauiraty RE: ossauiraty Dec 27, 2009 08:51 PM

        thanks for the replies! i couldn't find it at wild by nature or village cheese in mattituck. not sure about the other two in nassau (a little far from me in suffolk), but made it to manhattan and got some at buon italia- really amazing!!!
        will continue to search on li......

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          coll RE: ossauiraty Dec 28, 2009 03:27 AM

          My favorite cheese shop on Long Island is in Sag Harbor (since you went to Mattituck, and Village Cheese isn't in my top 10 anyway). Cavaniola's has an amazing selection and are very knowledgable, they will talk to you all day if you want, and I'm sure they could get it for you if not in stock.
          http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/0...
          PS I love Buon Italia too, wish I could get in more often.

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            EZ Pass RE: coll Dec 28, 2009 04:11 AM

            I'm with you on Cavaniola's, but there are 10 cheese shops on Long Island that are better than Village Cheese? Other than--possibly--Lucy's Whey, I can't think of one. Please fill us in!
            Thanks.

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              coll RE: EZ Pass Dec 28, 2009 04:28 AM

              Let's just say I've gotten cheese at Village that was past its prime and don't really trust them. I would rather get something at Fairway, Trader Joes or Wild by Nature for everyday use, and then go to Cavaniolas for special occasions.

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                mcf RE: coll Dec 29, 2009 06:31 AM

                Fairway has an awful lot of waaaaaay past its prime cheeses, too, so one has to be very vigilant there, too. Good cheeses can be had, the variety is huge, but there's a lot that should be tossed in a dumpster in their casese, too, IMO.

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                  Scott_R RE: mcf Dec 29, 2009 10:13 AM

                  Funny, but I'd noticed that too about Fairway. I'd had a wonderful soft cheese from an upstate dairy while in that area, and was pleased to find that Fairway carried it.

                  However, upon taking it home from FW and having some, I found it inedibly funky.

                  I haven't had that problem yet from Village, though.

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                    EZ Pass RE: Scott_R Dec 29, 2009 10:27 AM

                    And I've had that problem at Whole Foods too. The audience for real cheese on LI is, sadly, not large enough to ensure a steady turnover of product for anything beyond the basics. If Cavaniola's has never sold a piece of past-its-prime cheese, then kudos to their clients!

                    Whole Foods, Fairway and Uncle Giuseppe's all have good cheese departments, but it can be hit or miss if you get someone there who knows cheese (although Uncle G's chief cheesemonger, Steve, is usually in the Smithtown store). At least at Village Cheese there's someone there who knows the cheese.

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                      mcf RE: Scott_R Dec 29, 2009 10:33 AM

                      The case at the back end of the cheese dept in Plainview is the burial ground for expired cheeses, from all signs/experiences. :-) Before I moved, I always noted the exact same problem at the Setauket Wild by Nature, too, disgusting, overripe/garbage cheeses, but haven't been back in 5 years to see if it's changed.

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                        ossauiraty RE: mcf Dec 30, 2009 06:15 AM

                        Yeah, I haven't really had any great cheese from the Wild By Nature in Setauket. Thanks for the warning about the back end at Plainview Fairway. I usually find that the cheeses at Fairway do taste different from when I get the same type from the best nyc cheese shops. I find that strange because I would expect that they sell a lot of cheese there (?). The cheesemonger at Uncle G's, Steve, is awesome! He knows everything about cheese!

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