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Mozzarella di Bufala


If fresh mozzarella is the cheese you can’t wait to take home to Mom, Mozzarella di Bufala is the one you’ll feel compelled to marry on the spot.

Carefully crafted from the milk of water buffalo-- the richest milk in the cheesemaking arsenal, with more than twice as much butterfat as cow’s milk-- buffalo mozzarella is a gorgeous contradiction: at once feather-light and unmistakably rich, delicate and assertively full flavored, slightly sour, lightly gamy, buttery, grassy and tangy all at once.

Water buffalo weren’t bred for their efficiency- they give less milk than traditional dairy cow and require a skilled cheesemaking hand - but the extra effort is worth it. Cheesemakers in the Campagnia region of Italy stretch the rich, fatty curd into pasta filata (pulled curd) which they then wind into pillows of milky goodness.

Use it for homemade pizzas (the classic choice for a true Neopolitan), as the key ingredient in a caprese salad, or drizzled with wildflower honey or aged balsamic as a sweet-and-salty dessert.

Listen to Murray's Monger-in-Chief Rob Kaufelt talk about mozzarella di bufala on NPR's The Splendid Table

Just the facts

Country Italy
Region Campania
Milk Type Water Buffalo
Pasteurization Pasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 1 week
Cheese Type Fresh and Chevre
Wheel Weight 7 ounces
Pairing Recommendations

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  • Rose

    We love them all! Everything from light, crisp Provence style to deep and fruity Spanish Rosados. Don’t be afraid to enjoy rosé year-round, but we like the summer staple best with refreshing, mild cheeses that are great in warm weather.
    Pair with: Young chevres like Coupole and bloomy rinds like Moses Sleeper for the lighter stuff. A darker, fruitier rosé can stand up to a heavier cheese like nutty Pecorino Oro Antico. Sparkling rosé is a perfect match for Nettle Meadow Kunik.

  • Wheat Beers

    Wheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit

    Wheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit
    Pair with: Bright, tangy goat’s milk cheeses like Westfield Capri and buttery bloomy rinds like Nettle Meadow Kunik.

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