Monday, October 02, 2006

Shop of the Week - Paesanella

Umberto Somma started making cheese in Marrickville in 1962 and his sons Joseph and Max now carry on the tradition. They specialise in fresh Italian-style cheeses like mozzarella, ricotta and mascarpone. Their spotless factory and shop, Paesanella, is at the end of Gerald St in a converted double-fronted federation house. There are stainless steel pipes running all over the place and massive vats in what was once the backyard. The service is extremely friendly and knowledgeable, as often in Italian as it is in English. Highlights for me are their "Paesanella caciotta", a semi-soft mild cheese with rocket and chilli and their baby or "cherry" bocconcini, which are always super-fresh & full of flavour. Lots of delis and supermarkets in Sydney stock Paesanella products and they have their own shop in Haberfield at 88 Ramsay Street. But I really recommend visiting the Marrickville factory shop for absolute freshness and a nice experience. Some weekends Richard uses their ricotta to make us pancakes using a Bills recipe.

Paesanella Cheese Manufacturers
27 Gerald Street Marrickville


Dean said...

Wow, I didn't know this place even existed. Looks like a good excuse to make a trip out to Marrickville. Fresh cheese - yum.

Meredith said...

You'll be able to get some nice cheese AND practice your Italian!

Lynne said...

That looks very tasty, I'll have to check them out soon.

Grant said...

OMG - we just got back from there today after reading about it here!!

YUM - some fresh bocconcini with homegrown tomatoes and crispy fried speck from Black Forest Smokehouse made for a yummy lunch :)