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Mar 17, 2011 02:03 PM

Finding pizza mozzarella cheese in the GTA (other than Grande)

Hey there,

Grande used to be good back in the day when they had the 23% whole cheese Mozzarella bricks for $20 a brick. Now the prices are up to about $27 or so, and they not sell the high fat mozzarella anymore. Also the cheese doesn't melt the same as it used to (I make pizza weekly with their cheese for years now).

Is there any other source for getting bricks of pizza cheese in the GTA or anywhere else?

I'll test it and let everyone knows how it stacks up to Grande as I make it weekly.

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  1. I have stopped at some other cheese factories and unfortunately they did not have sales to the public. Will check further as I believe I did find one small factory outlet in the Woodbridge area! While you quite properly point out cost, which has been an issue for years, next time in Grande Cheese, ask them what other cheeses you can use for pizza and add some to make more interesting home pizza. Chances are that it will cost even more but on the first count you will have more interesting pizza and on the second you still will be ahead pricewise compared to retail bought pizza!!!

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    1. re: Jar

      Are you thinking of Bella Casara Quality Cheese in Woodbridge? I love that place for their fresh ricotta (still warm when you go in the morning).

    2. Maybe not even pertinent to your question since you use bricks but for pizza I use Fior de Latte mozarella cheese that I buy at Costco on Billy Bishop Way (near Yorkdale). Their price is the best I've seen for that type of mozzarella.

      Yorkdale Cafe
      1 Yorkdale, Toronto, ON M9M1B9, CA

      1. Hey those are both good suggestions. With cheese you have to try them until you find one that works.

        The reasoning is there is many ways to cost cut 2 identical looking blocks of cheese at the same fat percent and have them melt, taste, and smell totally different. Our gov't sets up a milk cartel and milk board which is responsible for a lot of this.

        You can't get that cheese that you could back in the 70's and 80's. Remember when Pizza's would be 'too greesy' and some places would get a bad rep about their pizza being 'too greasy and heavy'.. well.. that was the GOOD mozzarella back then!! Now the cheese literally evaporates off the pizza and is worthless.

        I tried to get a source of raw milk to make my own, bu the milk cartel bans the sale to ensure price fixing.

        Honestly I get so frustrated living here sometimes I have to HUNT THE WHOLE CITY for *basic* ingredients like Curing Salts, sausage casings, rennet, and MOZZARELLA CHEESE! like.. BASIC things! When you get a bit older and experienced in life you step back and can admit that we live in a second world gov't controlled monopolized regime. So frustrating!