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fresh mozzarella in QUEENS?

janie Jul 10, 2011 08:12 AM

Anywhere good besides Sorriso's in Astoria and Mama's in Corona for fresh mozzarella in Queens? Durso's is overpriced and mediocre--and didn't like the dump in Whitestone someone sent me to..can't remember the name at the moment.................any others----my favorite is Casa Della Mozzarella on 187th in Bronx---moist and creamy, no air bubbles, soft and not heavy dense--like salted and non salted

Thanks for some updated info.......................

Casa Della Mozzarella
604 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

Sorriso Italian Pork Store
44-16 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

Leo's Latticini
46-02 104th St, Queens, NY 11368

18901 Crocheron Ave, Queens, NY 11358

  1. janie Jul 28, 2011 07:58 AM

    Just a heads up, went to Rosario's yesterday to get more cheese, only to find out they are on vacation until Aug 8th Monday, just in case anyone else makes the same disappointed trip :)

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    1. re: janie
      PaMa Jul 30, 2011 09:38 PM

      Marino Brothers at Auburndale. Family run, very clean and the mozzarella is very good. The deli selection is really good for such a small store.

      I second the deli in back of Strawberry Farms their mozzarella is very good but that line is just annoying. It starts on the left. It starts on the right. People cut... with that said Strawberry Farms also has excellent rustic breads. Their rosemary foccacia is delicious.

      Marino Brothers
      163-07 29th Ave, Queens, NY 11358

      Strawberry Farms
      24-11 150th St, Queens, NY 11357

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      BigV Jul 20, 2011 02:01 PM

      Tony's Beechhurst Deli.

      Tony's Beechhurst Deli
      11-18 154th St, Queens, NY 11357

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      1. re: BigV
        janie Jul 21, 2011 05:52 AM

        went there and didn't like it at all..thanks

        1. re: janie
          johnk Jul 21, 2011 08:16 AM

          I know your tough on cleanliness, Did you try the Strawberry Farms suggestion?
          I've been eating Sergimmo's mozza for 10+ years now.
          Some homemade roasted peppers and giant basil leaves from our garden.
          It IS some of the best I've ever tried.

          Strawberry Farms
          24-11 150th St, Queens, NY 11357

          1. re: johnk
            janie Jul 21, 2011 10:10 AM

            it's on my list to try, will get out to whitestone next week for a run to Utopia for bagels for the freezer, Greek Emporioum for cheeses and olives and was going to head to the strawberry to try their mozz...thanks..and yes, I am a clean devotee.

          2. re: janie
            BigV Jul 21, 2011 11:28 AM

            I'm guessing that Tony's is the 'dump' in Whitestone you referenced earlier? I'm surprised- everyone I've ever sent there has liked the food and the mozzarella.

            1. re: BigV
              janie Jul 21, 2011 07:37 PM

              yeah, sorry to say, it was a dump, but did go back and try it a long time ago, and didn't like it....very poor presentation and much past its prime when i went there 2x--but maybe others have better luck...

              1. re: janie
                BigV Jul 22, 2011 03:37 PM

                It's fair to disagree on whether you like their food or not, but I'd hope the level of discourse here would be high enough to refrain from describing places as 'dumps'. It's small, it's not fancy, but I think 'dump' is an extremely poor description.

                1. re: BigV
                  janie Jul 22, 2011 09:31 PM

                  I would characterize it as a dump because it was very rundown looking--it wasn't that I was looking for citerella or better, it was that it looked not well kept both in appearance and cleanliness.. and presentation left a lot to be desired. There are many italian deli's all over queens, sorrioso's etc, that aren't the most modern looking, but they are still pretty clean, well stocked, and take pride in their presentation...That being said, I still tried the cheese and didn't like it. I've been to and eaten in many dumps in my life and I can tolerate the atmosphere to an extent if the food coming out is exceptional. I didn't feel this way, and I've gotten to the point that I just get really turned off from places like that, that just don't care, or can't take the time to fix things up and show pride in their place. I've been to many deli's etc, that are far from fancy, but they show off their food with pride and the place is spanking clean.--I didn't see the place as just "small" and cute, I thought the place was what I said, a bit of a dump...I stand by my comment...and I think it is fair to let people know because some people do care, and other don't..but again, at the end of the day it is the food for me, and well, it didn't do it for me..it might for someone else, and that's cool

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          mikeyb Jul 15, 2011 04:01 PM

          Sergimmo Salumeria in the back of Strawberry Farms. The mozzarella is made fresh and on the weekends there are times you have to wait for a fresh batch to be made. Never a problem...as I normally roam the store while waiting for perhaps the BEST mozzarella available in Queens!!!!

          24-11 150 Street, Whitestone, New York

          For those of you looking for a great place to eat in Hell's Kitchen, try their new deli located at:

          456 9th Avenue between 35th and 36th, New York

          Strawberry Farms
          24-11 150th St, Queens, NY 11357

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          1. re: mikeyb
            rustycage Jul 17, 2011 09:08 AM

            my neighborhood, the joint is called Valentinos, they have alot of italian imports and make alot of traditional italian faire on site, pretty much the local fresh fruits and vegetables type place.

            6664 Fresh Pond Road
            Queens, NY 11385
            (718) 386-2907

            66-64 Fresh Pond Rd, Queens, NY 11385

            1. re: rustycage
              janie Jul 17, 2011 04:07 PM

              I never heard of this place, it's in Ridgewood? Is it close to Rosa's Pizza near Metropolitan?

              Rosa's Pizza
              75-59 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11379

          2. Joe MacBu Jul 12, 2011 11:02 PM

            Ottomanelli's in Woodside has fresh unsalted balls, made somewhere else. Sapori d'Ischia also carries it, along with imported buffalo mozzarella.

            The best I've had is from Anthony & Son Deli in East Williamsburg. I came upon it fortuitously when nearby Mrs. Tedone had run out of her famous stash.

            Sapori d'Ischia
            55-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

            S. Ottomanelli & Son
            61-05 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

            Anthony & Son Deli
            433 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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              SpiceJunkies Jul 10, 2011 03:53 PM

              There is also Rosario's Deli on 31st. right under the Ditmars stop. Fresh ricotta there too.

              Rosario's Deli
              22-55 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

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              1. re: SpiceJunkies
                megc Jul 10, 2011 04:39 PM

                I love the fresh mozz at Rosario's - the fresh ricotta is great, too. Just a terrific place in the neighborhood. The staff is awesome, too.

                1. re: megc
                  janie Jul 11, 2011 08:13 AM

                  thanks for the rec, anyone who's had both Sorriso and Rosario care to compare between the two...does Rosario have theirs in the twisted style? Are they more or less expensive than Sorriso? Thanks...

                  1. re: janie
                    janie Jul 12, 2011 09:35 PM

                    well i can reply to myself, since I had my better half, go for me today and buy some--got the fresh mozzarella with no salt, comes in large boccocini size, but you can get a larger piece if you call ahead-----and also got the salted--got about 2.5 lbs at $6.49 a lb, made a beautiful fresh mozzarella salad with organic zucchini, and other wonderful ingredients--it came out great, and the cheese was not airy at all, not stringy at all, just the way I like it, dense, but not heavy and laden, similar to casa della mozzarella in texture, but less creamy than theirs--not as rich tasting--but certainly good, and worked well for my purposes-------also got some cracked olives, delicious, and prices faiirly......wasn't time to really look things over there, but I was told that there was some kiiller looking spinach lasagna--and whole pizza's were seen being bought, not just slices........thanks for recommending Rosario's

                    .also, picked up some cavetelli and ravioli from Cassinelli pasta, nearby--and have a question--why is everything wrapped in the fridge already if it's fresh? Why is the ravioli all frozen? I thought it was fresh, fresh....they said the cavetelli was made today, but it was packed in a plastic bag--and wasn't really anything special..gave it to my kid for dinner..and the ravioli you can't see it, it's in a sealed container----------I was thinking it was going to be more like Raffetto's in the city, or Borgatti in the Bronx...........Also, do not understand why there are so many preservatives in their pasta if it's fresh???? The ingredients at the other two don't have that.......thanks for any additional info......

                    Cassinelli Pasta
                    31-12 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

                    Rosario's Deli
                    22-55 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

                    1. re: janie
                      SpiceJunkies Jul 14, 2011 05:07 PM

                      I'm pleased your trip to Rosario's was successful. Next time try a slice, the pizza is awesome too. This place is really a gem in the hood.

                      As for Cassineli pasta...I don't what the deal is either. I went in there and just couldn't figure out why everything was frozen and packed like it was going out in a huge delivery. Pasta was very average, so I get my fresh pasta at the pasta shop next to and owned by Mama's of Corona. Obviously not in Astoria, but I'm lucky enough to work nearby.

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