Locally made Italian mozzarella and burrata per favore

MozzarellaDubai; We now have true Italian mozzarella made locally right here on our U.A.E doorstep. You don’t believe FooDiva do you, well neither did I until my tasting at Dubai Garden Centre’s weekly Ripe market.

Produced by Italian Dairy Products, an Italian family business based in Sharjah and helmed by the bubbly Maria Luisa Panzica La Manna, the mozzarella uses pasteurised cow’s milk from local U.A.E farms.

Mozzarella and other soft Italian cheesesNow this is not to be confused with Buffalo mozzarella, a protected designation of origin product made from water buffalo milk in Lazio and Campania in Italy. But oh my it is just as good. The cheesemaker kneads it with his hands until it’s a smooth, shiny paste, cutting off a strand (mozzare translates to cut off), which he then plaits to form the mozzarella as pictured here.

Maria also sells ricotta, and FooDiva’s fave, burrata whose outer shell is solid mozzarella, whilst the inside contains both mozzarella and wait for this, fresh cream which when sliced open, oozes out buttery soft cheese. Thanks to the likes of La Petite Maison dishing it up, burrata has become quite trendy in Dubai – mind you Medzo also serves up an equally as scrumptious burrata starter.

Beautiful, buttery burrata

Beautiful, buttery burrata

So with burrata in hand (AED 50 for 500g), a handful of local and organic cherry tomatoes and rocket from the Ripe market, FooDiva rushed home to make some lunch. Combine with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (Gourmet Point’s French La Tourangelle range also available at Ripe), some fresh basil leaves and black pepper – bed it all on crusty ciabatta or baguette, and you’re in cheese heaven. Nothing beats locally sourced produce.

Ripe vegetablesAll of Maria’s cheeses are preservative-free, yet will last for eight days in the fridge. There must be something in the milk!

Do you love the likes of mozzarella and burrata? What’s your favourite cheese?

Italian Dairy Products has a stall at the weekly Saturday morning Ripe market (ex-Bumble Box) at Dubai Garden Centre on the Sheikh Zayed. Otherwise you can purchase direct. E; sales@italiandairyproducts.com T; +971 6 5269042.

Oh and as an aside, Prime Gourmet is now barbequing its home-made lamb and beef sausages at the market, so that’s breakfast sorted.

A bientĂ´t.

FooDiva. x

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16 Responses to “Locally made Italian mozzarella and burrata per favore”

  1. tara rogers (@dubaitara) November 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thanks Sam, for always broadening our culinary world. La Petite Maison’s burata is my all-time favourite. Now I’m hotfooting it down to the Garden Centre!

    • FooDiva November 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Tara. It’s incredible how many artisanal producers we now have here. It’s blossoming by the day 🙂

  2. Katie Foster November 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I agree the Italian Diary Products cheeses are sublime! Only problem is they only sell the mozzarella in large quantities – more than Roger and I can eat in a week. Wish they would offer smaller packages. Did you try the bread stand there? Really yummy.

    • FooDiva November 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Very true Katie. Hopefully with more demand, they will be able to start selling smaller quantities. Yes I did buy a loaf of spelt bread – lighter and more crumbly than the supermarket versions.

  3. Melissa November 20, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for sharing this with us – sourcing locally and growing locally is what it’s all about. I simply have to go and visit now. Hopefully all the produce is really organic.

    • FooDiva November 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks Melissa. It’s all meant to be organic, but I suspect not all produce is.

  4. sarah November 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    mmmm burrata. such an inspirational ingredient, and yet still awesome on its own.

    • FooDiva November 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      It’s hard to go back to normal mozzarella once you’ve eaten burrata Sarah 🙂

  5. Ms. Bourgeoisie February 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I have tried the Burrata in Medzo (Wafi City Pyramids).. Oh My God.. I can never eat plain mozzarella anymore..!! It is scrumptious, creamy, and cheesy.. It doesn’t have this digsuting after-taste of cheese like other cheeses have.. I advise you to try it.. A bit expensive though..

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