Burrata originated from a small area of the region of Apulia, called Murgia. First produced around 1920 on the Bianchini farm in the town of Andria, (about 2/3 of the way up from Italy's heel to the spur of Apulia). In the 1950s, it became more widely available after a few of the local cheese factories - notably Chieppa - began producing it. It is generally suspected that factories were interested in it because it was a way to utilize the ritagli ("scraps" or "rags") of mozzarella.
The family-owned Di Stefano dairy is based in Southern California and is dedicated to making only one product: Di Stefano burrata! Their burrata is hand made with extreme care, passion, and dedication. On the plate this pure, sweet fresh cheese resembles nothing more than a ball of cow's milk mozzarella with a topknot. Once the cheese has been cut open the soft and creamy center slowly runs onto the plate. A luscious filling of stracciatelle blended with Italian panna ("cream") is encased in a sheet of fresh mozzarella. Like jewels in a drawstring pouch -- a little ball with a big surprise inside - delicate, delicious and very decadent! This product is steeped in Italian tradition, even using cream imported from Italy for the filling.
Fresh burrata should be served at room temperature. If it is too cold, the creamy filling becomes solid and hard and lacks that essential lusciousness.
Voted #1 Burrata by the Rosengarten Report (Oct 2010).
First Place in 2010 American Cheese Society Awards.