In search of Burrata!! Unfortunately not going to Puglia, but will be in Rome/Florence/Venice/Bologna!
I understand of course that there is nothing like having burrata as fresh as can be where it is made, in Puglia, but unfortunately I can't fit that into my trip in mid-October.
Where are the best places to get burrata in Rome, Florence, Venice and/or Bologna?
Thanks so much!! It's one of my guilty pleasures! :)
You can find burrata in many places in Venice. What to look for are places with fast turnover of the cheese. I would go to Casa Parmigiano on the Campo Bella Viena; near the Rialto market, there is a small cheese kiosk on the corner of Ruga dei Oresi/Ruga de Rialto (open until 1pm), the big deli Rizzo Pane on San Leonardo. Also the supermarket Billa carries a good burrata; look for it in their fresh cheese/deli department and not in the diary case which stocks inferior versions meant for long shelve life..
Agreed, Roscioli is the best. Interesting to me is how much flavor a few grates of nutmeg add to the dish. The lush, sun-dried tomatoes on the side only add to the choir.
I buy my burrata there, take it five blocks or so to my rental apartment when I'm in town, scrape on the nutmeg but it's never quite the same. Don't get me wrong, it's damn good but it's just not the same. I have no answer. Double secret Roscioli nutmeg?
What wine does vinoroma pair with Roscioli's burrata?
There are a few places that you can get Burrata in Rome:
I Formaggi di Gianni e Paola This little store specializes in fresh cheeses like mozarella, ricotta and burrata, from Puglia. Vicolo del Gallo 18 Since they are getting shipments in daily, they sometimes run out.
Volpetti, Via Marmorata, also has daily shipments up from Puglia.
The cheese store on vicolo del Gallo is one of my favorite places in Rome. I've never bought the burrata, but the fresh ricotta is great, as is a wonderful yogurt, in glass jars, that they carry.
Just be aware that they keep very traditional hours, and don't reopen until (I think) about 5pm.
You can find Pugliese burrata at both Simoni and La Baita in the historic market quarter of Bologna, and no doubt in other shops there and in the Mercato dell'Erbe.
There is a branch of a Pugliese family, with dairies in Bari and Noci, that makes the cheese fresh in a plant right outside of Bologna. However, I'm not a huge fan of burrata, so I've never bothered to eat it while in Bologna, so I can't tell you if how it compares with what's available in the other places you are going.
If you want to try some burrata in the markets in Bologna but aren't staying in a place with a mini-bar, you can take your purchase to the several- centuries-old Osteria del Sole, a true hole in the wall in the Vicolo Ranocchi (also in the historic market quarter) and eat what you bought there. They won't mind so long as you buy a glass of wine from them, and their prices for a glass of wine are very low. The atmosphere is unique.