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Free burrata taste ... so, best Italian cheese is at?

rworange | May 22, 2006 04:14 PM

I was at A.G. Ferrari on Solano in Berkely yesterday and they were giving free tastes of burrata. After all the todo on the board about A16's burrata I was happy get a taste and idea of what burrata tastes like.

Ferrari's is from Italy and I forgot to ask the date it came in to check for freshness. It was ok. To me it seemed like an Italina brie in terms of texture. Anyway, if you are curious, here's an opportunity to give burrata a try.

Anyway, even though I'll be trotting over to Cheeseboard tommorrow, are there any other places that are knowledgble about Italian cheese and would have a better selection.

I haven't had too much luck with the Pasta Shop on Fourth. The cheese may or may not be great, but the staff hasn't been all that knowledgable.

I'm thinking I might be missing some place ... anywhere in the Bay Area, that might be good.

I'm thinking that the Italian delis ... Lucca, Genova, Molinare, Zare, Angelo's, etc might be worth looking into. Any preferances here? Does a particular shop get into good cheese more than another?

And ok, ... I'm interested in top of the line. So any of those fancy-dancy Italian restaurants like Olivetta or A16 serve cheese plates specializing in superior cheese from Italy?

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

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