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Fresh Mozzarella

lil mikey | Jun 18, 200512:55 PM

The sign outside says “European Deli” and “Fresh Mozzarella” so I had to give it a try.

It’s not much on the inside. In fact I probably wouldn’t even call it a deli, much less a grocery store. There’s a big deli case as you walk in, but there’s no deli stuff in it. There are some canned items like sardines, and what look like roasted vegetables in plastic containers. I think a more appropriate name would be Small Storefront with Walk-in Refrigerator.

They don’t sell meats.

But they make their own soft cheeses: Mozzarella, Scamorza and Ricotta. Actually, they don’t make them on-site, but rather have a plant “about 20 miles east of here.” The guy there also told me that they don’t really do much retail business. “It’s mostly foodservice.”

Now I’ve bought the supposedly fresh mozzarella from TJ’s, the Mayfair and other places. You know, the kind that comes in a little plastic cup packed in water for about $8. And I thought I’d tasted fresh mozzarella. Wrong.

This is fresh mozzarella. It’s softer and creamier than the store-bought kind. And it’s more flavorful. And another nice part is that you get more cheese for $6.50. I can’t wait to try the scamorza. The guy said it’s like the mozzarella, but has a smokier flavor. And can you imagine lasagna with fresh ricotta? Yum.

A&V European Deli and Grocery
1253 Vine Street (between Sunset and Santa Monica)
(323) 460-7067

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