Where to buy fresh mozzarella in Hudson Valley?
if popovich provisions is still doing it, they used to be the best.
joe fell ill a couple years ago and stopped going to the beacon / rhinebeck farmers markets, i don't know if he's still producing locally for the pine plains (iga equivalent, i forget the name of the store) area.
i've been looking unsuccessfully for another top notch fresh mozz place in the hudson valley, preferably nearer poughkeepsie. i hate to say it, but stew leonard's has generally been pretty good, with the milk juices almost coming out of the packaging (an excellent sign). haven't tried migliorelli's...
Also in Montrose A&S makes fresh mozzarella daily--they were favorably reviewed in the NY Times a few years ago, their boccancini is really good. A new vendor at the Croton farmers market (the one with fresh pastas, sausage, sauces) had samples of their mozzarella last week and it was outstanding--soft and creamy.
Thank you, all. I also heard that Joe was not making mozzarella anymore--it seems to have been the best up here. But I will try Stew Leonard's. I'll also make note of the places in Montrose in case I'm near there, never know. Marge--please let us know who the vendor is in Croton...maybe they sell at other markets further north. ...SH
Check out the farmer's markets in Kingston and in Rhinebeck. Both have stands that sell mozzarella. Migliorelli's continues to sell a good product--the cheese used to be made by Ken Migliorelli's mother and then by his sister; it is now made by his niece. The quality is still excellent.
But, like the original poster, I am also looking for a store (i.e., a twelve month source) that sells excellent mozzarella. However, I am looking for more of a source in the Kingston/Rhinebeck/Poughkeepsie area.
Agree that Miglino’s is very good, but to me it’s not fresh unless it’s extracted from its water. Here are some places where that happens ...
S & J Deli Superette - In Hopewell Junction on Rt 52 about a mile west of Taconic
Mozzarella made fresh every morning, and additional batches when they run out (which happens on Saturday)
Franco’s Deli - Route 82, Hopewell Junction just south of 376
Vinny's Italian Deli - Rt 55 in Lagrange (IMHO best all around Italian deli in the area. I was told the mozzarella is made by the proprietor’s grandmother (or maybe it was the mother?))
Roma Deli - Hooker Ave in Poughkeepsie (And in addition, great sandwiches and sausage made from scratch on Thursdays when pork to their standards is delivered.)
Lately there hasn’t been fresh mozzarella at the Rhinebeck farmers market. You can go across the street to Breezy Hill and get the some wrapped mozzarella or down the street to the Health Food store and get the same Falanga’s as at Adams. In ‘tomato season’ Grand Cru will have good mozzarella imported from Vermont.
963B W Jericho Tpke, Smithtown, NY 11787
200 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Just saw this article in the Poughkeepsie Journal about Mamma Carmela's deli in Fishkill.
"As owner Emideo DiNardo and his mother, Carmela DiNardo, knead the mozzarella curd, sister Maria DiNardo and Conzia Santaniello, or Nona, the matriarch of the family, work together to prepare the potato gnocchi."