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Where to find Real Fresh Italian Buffalo Mozzerella

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Just back from a trip in Italy.
Buffalo Mozzeralla that easily pulls apart with your hands that has an almost
stringy inside as you pull it apart. Fresh and tasty. Does anyone in the Toronto Area
actually import or make such a cheese that can be purchased fresh.

I live in North York are but will travel anywhere into the GTA to find the real thing.

Thanks,
Porto

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  1. The Cheese Boutique in Swansea. Call ahead though, it often sells out.

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    Cheese Boutique
    45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

    1. I actually saw it at Costco the other day.

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      1. re: camp1980

        It may be Buffalo Mozzeralla but if it is in Costco it is likely not what the OP is looking for.

        1. re: JennaBean

          This is misleading, Jenna; they do sell imported Italian buffalo mozzarella in some locations such as Downsview.

          1. re: jayt90

            there's the "real thing" and then there's the REAL THING.

      2. try lady york grocery store. I am quite sure they have it though I have never bought it.

        1. I think what you are talking about is Burrata cheese. There is a place in the St. Lawrence Mrkt that offers it every other Wednesday, it's actually flown in from Italy.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrata

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          1. re: katbri

            Actually Burrata is different from what the OP I think is talking about - though it is AWESOME and if you found a place that makes fresh mozza they may make burrata as well. I would get both!

            Burrata (if you've never had it) is essentially mozza "stuffed" with loose curd and cream. So it has a mozza texture outside with a much silkier/creamy inside.

            It is one of my favorite things to serve sprinkled with salt/pepper/olive oil and crusty bread.

          2. The International Cheese (Santa Lucia brand) factory outlet in the Junction carries buffalo mozza, fior di latte, and various other Italian cheeses. Their nodini also has a fantastic stringy texture, and it's probably the product I purchase most often. Keep in mind that the cheeses are from Ontario herds, so don't expect the same flavour profile as you found in Italy. It's "factory" as opposed to "artisanal" cheese, but the price and quality are pretty good.

            Burrata is a different product. They carry that too, stuffed with bocconcini shreds.

            1. There is actually buffalo mozzerella made in Ontario! It's bound to be both fresher and cheaper than imported Italian buffalo mozzerella. Worth checking it out. Probably the best thing to do is to go directly to the factory outlet to get it - fresh mozerella has a 3 day shelf-life, so that way it will be as fresh as possible.

              The maker is Quality Cheese, the brand is Bella Casera. They're in Vaughn, just off the 400. (111 Jevlan Drive)

              http://www.qualitycheese.com/

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              1. re: Ferdzy

                I've gotten this at Scheffler's at SLM, and agree that it is quite good.

              2. on Saturday, Cole at About Cheese pulls fresh buffalo mozzarella. If you've never had hot, pulled mozzarella, be prepared: its mindblowing

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                About Cheese
                483 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, CA

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                1. re: atomeyes

                  This is what I'm talking about! I love About Cheese for this and so many reasons!

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                  About Cheese
                  483 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, CA

                  1. re: JennaBean

                    Thank you to the entire group, I will try About Cheese and Quality Cheese out and see what I find. Great feedback ...
                    Porto

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                    About Cheese
                    483 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, CA

                  2. re: atomeyes

                    The stuff at About Cheese was a disapointment. The "mindblowing" experience is really only when it's still warm from just being pulled. If you take it home, leave it on the counter as they suggest, if you eat it later that day, it has a texture more akin to supermarket mozzarella (altough still tastes much better). Excellent for homemade pizza, though.

                    For what you're after, I'd either go with the Bella Cesare "made in ontario" stuff (their burrata is pretty good too) or something imported from a high end place like Cheese Boutique where freshness may be assured.

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                    Cheese Boutique
                    45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

                    About Cheese
                    483 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, CA

                  3. La Fromagerie on College has Mozzarella di Bufala Campana

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                    La Fromagerie
                    868 College St, Toronto, ON M6H, CA