My husband and I first experienced heavenly stracciatella at the restaurant Manzo, which is located in Eataly, New York City. It was served to us for lunch simply drizzled with olive oil, alongside grilled bread. We also ordered prosciutto for our antipasti.
Stracciatella, we learned, is the inside of buratta. It’s the creamy goodness that spills out when you cut into the ball of buratta. If you love buratta, and haven’t yet experienced stracciatella, just wait. You will think you’ve gone to heaven.
After the wonderful lunch at Manzo, I found stracciatella in Eataly, but didn’t buy it because we were a few days from flying home.
When I got home and searched for stracciatella, I had some trouble. Turns out, according to Wikipedia, “Stracciatella is a term used for three different types of Italian food.”
1.Stracciatella (soup), an egg drop soup popular in central Italy
2.Stracciatella (ice cream), a gelato variety with chocolate flakes, inspired by the soup
3.Stracciatella di bufala, a variety of soft Italian buffalo cheese from the Apulia region
I ordered stracciatella from Murray’s cheese recently, since I can’t get it locally, and I’m so glad I did. But how did I want to serve it?
I thought of the typical ways buratta is served, like with salads, on pasta, or over grilled vegetables. But I wanted to experience it again just like we had a few years before, simply with grilled bread.
What I purchased for the cheese is a Tuscan loaf. White and plain, and perfect for grilling.
Stracciatella is so soft it’s pourable.
I grilled bread and got together a few goodies to highlight the stracciatella.
And I drizzled the stracciatella with good olive oil, just like at Manzo, except that my left handed pour job sucked.
I included dried apricots, walnuts, and Prosciutto on the antipasti platter along with the grilled bread.
There is an experiration date on stracciatella so pay attention to that when you purchase it.
It was as good as I remembered it. Even my husband joined in on the fun!
The cheese is a little messy because it’s so soft. We didn’t care! I’m just so glad I know where I can find this delicacy!