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Paesanella – Gourmet Hamper [2 of 4]

An icon of the local Italian community and foodies in the know, Paesanella is a cheese store located at the heart of the Haberfield shopping district. It’s an area I like to refer to as a little Italy away from Little Italy (Norton St, Leichhardt). The same could be said of Five Dock as well, though I digress.

Paesanella manufacturers a variety of fresh Italian cheeses from their factory in Marrikville. This includes (among many others) bocconcini, superbly smooth ricotta, decadently rich mascarpone, as well as my hamper selection of fresh buffalo mozzarella.

They also stock a good selection of hard and semi-hard cheeses (the parmigiano-reggiano is one of my personal favourites), an assortment of antipasto and other pantry goods, no doubt selected to complement their core product.

The taste and texture is not what you may expect if all you’ve experienced is supermarket variety mozzarella. The fresh buffalo mozzarella tastes of milk, with a slight sour, buttery edge to it. It has a texture that is somewhat springy and a little spongy with a luxurious mouth feel; worlds away from the rubbery rennet-rendered rounds.

Try saying that ten times fast :P

Now, at $5.50 for each luscious lobe of lactic love, one could argue that at these prices, why bother? One could. However, I would ask that you reserve judgement until you’ve had the opportunity to experience one.

I’m not so well off to consider this an everyday food item, so I can appreciate if the cost may seem a little much. However, if you do decide to make the investment, treat the product with a little respect. It doesn’t take a lot. Some of your best extra virgin olive oil and a fresh grind or two of black pepper is a good start. Perhaps some ripe tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. Maybe even melted on a homemade pizza base with tomato sauce and fresh herbs. Whatever the selection, simple is best.

Part 3 of 4 on the horizon…

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  • chocolatesuze February 24, 2009, 11:38 pm

    YUM i love fresh buffalo mozza! i also like pulling it apart hehe

  • billy February 25, 2009, 12:40 am

    that 2 mozzarella looks extremely squishy and squidgy like… boobies. :P

  • NQN February 25, 2009, 2:42 am

    LOL @ “luscious lobes of lactic love”. So visual!

  • thelonefoodie February 25, 2009, 7:49 am

    Hi chocolatesuze! I so should have bought a couple of sacrificials to do that with. Bet that would have looked so cool!

    Maybe next time…

    Hi billy! I’d never thought of it that way. Hate to see what sort of comment you would have for this.

    Well, other than the one that was already made.

    Hi NQN! Now that you put it that way, I can see where billy is coming from…

    Oh, noticed a flaw in editing. Thanks for inadvertently pointing that out :)

  • Simon Food Favourites February 25, 2009, 1:05 pm

    i’ve been meaning to try this place. great cheese to top some homemade pizzas with i guess with tomato and basil.

    s :-)

  • thelonefoodie February 25, 2009, 4:39 pm

    Hi Simon! That’s certainly a great place to start. The bocconcini works well too as a substitute.

  • FFichiban February 26, 2009, 1:39 am

    ommmgg buffalo mozzarella *squeals in delight* These are definitely worth it at $5.50 each as a treat mmmmmm thhx must visit

  • thelonefoodie February 26, 2009, 2:18 am

    Hi FFichiban!

    You know you can spot a foodie when… :)

    If you’re after the absolute freshest, I’ve heard that you can buy retail direct from the factory in Marrickville. Something I’m certainly going to check out the next time I’m in need of some cheesy goodness.

  • sugar and spice February 26, 2009, 1:29 pm

    Italian proscuitto and Italian buffalo mozzarella….my absolute favourite…In WA though, the only place I can find it, it is 10 dollars per mozzarella !!….they freeze it and it defrosts surprisingly well, but I would love to find somewhere in OZ that produces it and supplies to WA… have heard Maggie Beer mention somewhere in Tassie maybe?….do you know of anywhere?

  • thelonefoodie February 26, 2009, 1:53 pm

    Hi sugar and spice!

    Though I can’t speak for other manufactuers local to WA, perhaps Paesanella has a WA distributor that you can get access to. On their website, all there seems to be listed are NSW addresses. However, some of the companies listed seem to be importers/distibutors. Perhaps their network reaches as far as WA…

    It might be an idea to contact the people at Paesanella to see what light they can shed. Hopefully, you’ll be able to do better than $10 a pop.

    Good luck with that :)

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