Once considered a way to use up leftover mozzarella scraps, burrata is now seen as one of the most luxurious cheeses in the world. And with good reason, as a tightly wrapped package of mozzarella, filled with stracciatella (a mixture of mozzarella and cream), creates a party of textures and creamy flavors once burst open.
Making this cheese by hand is an art to behold, and you don't have to get tickets to Italy's Puglia region (the birthplace of burrata) to see it happen. The family behind Di Stefano Cheese in Pomona, California is holding true to the original process.
Founded by Mimmo Bruno, he and his son Stefano now oversee the production of thousands of handmade burrata daily. And while they can ship to a number of Whole Foods, Erewhons, and other specialty grocers, their ability to scale doesn't mean that they've lost anything in terms of quality.
Di Stefano also specializes in individually wrapped burrata, almost like little to-go cups of cheese. The single packs make them great to quickly pop out onto pizzas, sandwiches, or salads at home — although they're great simply adorned with olive oil, salt, and cracked black pepper.
To see the full handmade process for Di Stefano's burrata for yourself, peep the Foodbeast video above.