Ricotta Salata...Who Carries It?
Cooking club dinner this Saturday. The recipe I was assigned calls for "ricotta salata"...apparently this is a hard form of ricotta (recipe calls for cheese to be shaved with vegetable peeler).
Does anyone know where I can buy this cheese? Preferably the San Fernando Valley or maybe Hollywood if at all possible. Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City does not have it...they are usually my "go to " spot for cheeses.
Artisan Cheese Gallery
12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
Try Monte Carlo Deli on Magnolia in Burbank. If not—and I hate to even recommend this—Whole Foods, especially the Giant Fustercluck Whole Foods in Glendale, is likely to have it.
If you run into trouble finding it out your way, or you are ever in Santa Monica for another purpose, Guidi Marcello has at least 3 different types listed on their website (including an aged version and a smoked aged version).
1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA
Second this recommendation. I usually get mine at Whole Foods in Pasadena which has a superior cheese department. It is, indeed, dried ricotta usually encountered in Pasta alla Norma. I have substituted good quality Parmesan when in a hurry without noticeable drop-off in quality (actually my wife prefers it). Good luck with your recipe!
I'm sure the gruff little Italian dude with the big nose and the rosy cheeks at Roma Deli in Pasadena would have it, and likely what he considers to be the absolute best available version of the stuff, for a very reasonable price. While you're at it, order "the sandwich". (Literally, just walk up to the deli counter and ask for "the sandwich", which will be the best $5.50 you've spent in a long time.)