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Published July 17th 2012
After being inspired to explore the culinary delights of Marrickville by one of my favourite food bloggers, Not Quite Nigella, I headed out one beautifully sunny morning with my boyfriend and friends. After a quick stop for brekky and a warming chai latte our first visit was to Paesanella Cheese Manufacturers.
Established by Umberto Somma in 1962, Paesanella Cheese manufactures many cheeses on site and is well known for their baked ricotta, buffalo mozzarella and bocconcini whilst also distributing a variety of cheeses made elsewhere, including provolone, goats cheese and gorgonzola, and is a real gem for all you foodies out there.
As soon as I laid eyes on this Dutch Goats Cheese, I knew I would be taking it home. I had the pleasure of sampling this cheese at a BBQ some months ago and was surprised as I'd only every had soft goats cheese in the past, but this is a hard cheese that seemed to be a cross of sorts between a goats cheese and a cheddar. Although smoother than a cheddar, it does have a bit of bite whilst retaining a delicate goats cheese flavour that isn't overpowering. Pre-sealed in convenient wedges this cheese is sold by weight and individual prices per wedge vary.
Next in my eager hands was the Buffalo Bocconcini, only after spending an embarrassing amount of time umm-ing and ahh-ing over which size bucket to get, eventually settling on the smaller 150g so as not to appear as too much of a cheese glutton.
The Buffalo Bocconcini came 3 cheese parcels to a 150g tub and although less than attractive to look at they were delicious to eat. Biting into it there is a stringier casing on the outside enclosing a softer and sweeter cheese inside resulting in a delightful cheese experience. Although delicious on their own, and very hard to stop at just one, these would be fantastic as part of an antipasto platter or summer tomato salad.
This delicious mess is the Marscapone Reale which had been made fresh that morning and we were lucky enough to snap up one of the last remaining bits. I hadn't seen this at first but a friend who had purchased it offered a taste and as soon as it hit my tongue I was running back into the shop to see if they had anymore. An intriguing flavour combination, the Marscapone Reale is comprised of a layer of sweet marscapone topped with a layer of gorgonzola, which is in turned covered with another layer of the marscapone to be finally topped off with a sprinkling of walnuts. An absolute delight, we enjoyed this simply with wafer crackers for a decadent lunch.
A selection of the soft cheeses on offer at Paesanella
This was truly an exciting visit and is a must for all cheese lovers - I'm sure I'll return to Paesanella's before too long. Open to the public 6 days a week from Sunday to Friday, Paesanella Cheese Manufacturers is well worth a visit for some good quality cheeses at reasonable prices. And if you're not lucky enough to be nearby Marrickville or in the Sydney area you can visit their webpage to find a list of stockists, both across NSW and nationally.