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Aug 30, 2010 04:10 PM

Where to buy local Bufala?

I'm hearing the reports that Bubalus Bubalis is out of business. They were my prime access to good 'local' mozzarella d' bufala. Are there any other purveyors out there? I've shopped around and can get the imported bufala, but I would rather use someone locally.

any suggestions?

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  1. If you aren't looking to go to one of the better local weekly Farmers Markets have you checked with Guidi Marcello in Santa Monica?

    Guidi Marcello
    1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

    1. I'm not sure what FMs Servorg has seen mozzarella di bufala at, but I hope he shares. I've been suffering withdrawals over here. As far as I can tell, Bubalus Bubalis was the one and only purveyor at the FMs and they are now long gone. Sadness.

      Last I looked into it, BB was one of only 2 dairies in the entire US to have a herd of water buffalo. I can't remember for sure but I believe the other was on the east coast (or at least east of the Mississippi). I'm guessing you and I are both out of luck for the domestic stuff, let alone anything even remotely local.

      Guido Marcello is a wonderful little shop. But since you're going to have to go with imported, the cheese shops in Beverly Hill and Silver Lake (no relation as far as I know) have it, too. Whichever of the 3 is convenient.

      Andrew's Cheese Shop on Montana does a freshly pulled Fior di Latte if that does anything for you. Not the same thing but it is not bad either.

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      1. re: cacio e pepe

        Other possible sources for (probably non local but the best to be found around LA) are:

        Tutto Latte Express and Surfas in Culver City

        Surfas Restaurant & Supply
        8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        Tutto Latte Express
        1233 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      2. Not Bufala but good fresh mozza.
        Most of the good restaurants and cheese stores get their fresh mozza and ricotta from here. I still want to try the new place in Gardena or Torrance, somewhere in the South Bay.

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        1. re: Burger Boy

          The fresh mozza I but at Guidi Marcello comes from Gioia.

          Guidi Marcello
          1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

          1. re: maudies5

            Thank you all, for your suggestions!

            I am familiar with the many shops around that carry fresh fiore di latte, frequent them often and enjoy them tremendously! (with the exception of Gioia - going to have to make a trip to check them out - Helluva driver from San Pedro!)

            I guess I'm just totally bummed about Bubalus Bubalis going under, and unable to get a good bufala without having it shipped hundreds, if not thousands of miles for that special flavor.

            thank you again, all! Much appreciated!

            1. re: TomPizza

              One more place that I just saw a circular on - Farmers Choice - which is running out of the Trader Joe's parking lot area on Pico Blvd. in eastern Santa Monica:

              Have not tried it myself.

              1. re: Servorg

                WOW! Excellent find! thank you so much!

                Gotta check that out!

          2. re: Burger Boy

            @ Burger Boy

            Went there a couple times (Eatalian cafe). Not impressed. Decent gelato, but that's about it for me.

            Pizzas were obscenely thin...almost reminded me of a cardboard cut-out, and tasted like counter cleaner spray and an undercooked bottom LOL
            Seems a majority of the vegetables used are canned.
            Pasta was ok. The comment was made that I make better.
            Cheese op was down until they get a visa cleared for machine parts, but the mozzarella I did have in the salad was a lack-luster...can you say Cantare? LOL