Stracciatella

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!

By Published On: October 25th, 201963 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

63 Comments

  1. Adrianne - Sweet Caramel Sunday October 25, 2019 at 8:22 AM - Reply

    Oh yum you are making me hungry Mimi!! xx

  2. Our Growing Paynes October 25, 2019 at 10:07 AM - Reply

    OMG, I need to do an internet search. When we were on our honeymoon in Italy they had a mozzarella bar in Rome. We went twice. The burrata was out of this world. So now I want to make some ciabatta and get this immediately!

    • chef mimi October 25, 2019 at 10:08 AM - Reply

      You will think you’re in heaven. Burrata is fabulous, too, but this stuff is out of this world.

      • Our Growing Paynes October 25, 2019 at 10:13 AM

        I bet, it certainly looks it.

      • chef mimi October 25, 2019 at 10:14 AM

        We’ve already ordered it twice this month 😬

      • Our Growing Paynes October 25, 2019 at 10:17 AM

        Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of. LOL

      • chef mimi October 25, 2019 at 10:19 AM

        🤣

  3. Penny October 25, 2019 at 10:32 AM - Reply

    Love your blog and loved learning about this creamy cheese! Thanks for visiting my site.

    • chef mimi October 25, 2019 at 10:44 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Robin at Haphazard Homemaker October 25, 2019 at 11:12 AM - Reply

    Oh, my! Sounds wonderful and it’s a beautiful presentation.

    • chef mimi October 25, 2019 at 6:43 PM - Reply

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to try it, if you haven’t.

  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen October 25, 2019 at 12:08 PM - Reply

    My mouth is watering!

    • chef mimi October 25, 2019 at 6:43 PM - Reply

      Mine still is!

  6. Francesca October 25, 2019 at 3:52 PM - Reply

    Love the white fresh cheese, stracciatella, and the soup version too.

    • chef mimi October 25, 2019 at 4:38 PM - Reply

      I’ll have to try that some time!

  7. FrugalHausfrau October 25, 2019 at 4:50 PM - Reply

    Thanks for highlighting Stracciatella. I’ve heard the term but had only a vague idea about it.That is a fabulous way to serve it!

    • chef mimi October 25, 2019 at 4:51 PM - Reply

      I truly think it’s the only way to serve it, because of all the cream. It’s not firm like buratta, as you can tell. Incredible flavor!

  8. sippitysup October 25, 2019 at 6:38 PM - Reply

    The only way I’ve ever eaten stracciatella is exactly as you describe here (and only in restaurants in Italy). How luxurious to enjoy it at home! I’m going to ask my burrata maker if they carry it. I bet they do and I never knew… GREG

    • chef mimi October 25, 2019 at 6:46 PM - Reply

      I bet they do! And I was surprised that it wasn’t even expensive.It ain’t cheddar, but still not crazy expensive. Ah, I’d buy it anyway! But what I got was about $1. Per ounce. So worth it! So lucky you already knew about this heavenly cheese!

  9. Jeff the Chef October 26, 2019 at 7:59 AM - Reply

    I’ve never heard of this. There’s an Eataly here in Chicago. I will have to see if I can hunt it down there.

    • chef mimi October 26, 2019 at 8:26 AM - Reply

      Isn’t Di Bruno Bros in Chicago? If not, Eataly will surely have it. You will love it!

  10. Jean | Lemons + Anchovies October 26, 2019 at 11:05 AM - Reply

    I love Eataly and wish we had one in Northern California. Your platter of stracciatella and accompaniments is heavenly.

    • chef mimi October 26, 2019 at 3:49 PM - Reply

      Thank you so much! I love Eataly also. Wasn’t sure I would!!!

  11. Ashley October 26, 2019 at 7:47 PM - Reply

    You are truly amazing. And, who doesn’t love Eataly?

    • chef mimi October 27, 2019 at 7:08 AM - Reply

      I wasn’t sure I like Eataly when I first read about it, but it is so much fun, and one of the restaurants we’ve eaten at twice. The one on the roof – they change the theme every season.

  12. Abbe @This is How I Cook October 26, 2019 at 9:32 PM - Reply

    I only knew the ice cream! But this I have to look for. I adore buratta!

    • chef mimi October 27, 2019 at 7:07 AM - Reply

      Isn’t that funny – I hadn’t heard of that or the soup. I hope you can find it. It’s crazy good!

  13. Gerlinde October 27, 2019 at 8:36 AM - Reply

    This sounds delicious, I have to see if I can find Stracciatella . I I have never heard of this cheese before .

    • chef mimi October 27, 2019 at 2:22 PM - Reply

      Well I hadn’t either! I’m so glad I asked what it was when I saw it on the Eataly menu!

  14. neil@neilshealthymeals.com October 27, 2019 at 2:50 PM - Reply

    Right, I had to google “buratta”. Now I see what it is I understand why it would be so delicious! And just served simply with some grilled bread it would be lovely. In fact for me I would serve it with some toasted ciabatta drizzled in olive oil and rubbed with some garlic. Yum!

    • chef mimi October 27, 2019 at 3:11 PM - Reply

      Garlic would be fabulous. Yes, it’s incredible. Hurry and find some! Just eat it with your wife because it dribbles all over!!!

  15. Denise Browning October 27, 2019 at 5:48 PM - Reply

    I have never made homemade stracciatella. Delicious! Gtreat on toast and in pastas too.

    • chef mimi October 28, 2019 at 6:41 AM - Reply

      It is an incredible cheese. I hope you can find some!

  16. Tandy | Lavender and Lime October 28, 2019 at 1:18 AM - Reply

    I love how the Italians use one word for 3 things – like they want to confuse tourists :)

    • chef mimi October 28, 2019 at 6:40 AM - Reply

      Hahahahahahaha! Well it works!

  17. Kelly | Foodtasia October 28, 2019 at 5:28 AM - Reply

    Mimi, thank you for introducing me to stracciatella! It sounds heavenly! Some stracciatella and an good loaf of bread is all I need for the perfect dinner!

    • chef mimi October 28, 2019 at 6:40 AM - Reply

      Exactly. Besides, you won’t have room to eat anything else…

  18. David @ Spiced October 28, 2019 at 7:12 AM - Reply

    When I first saw the title of this post, I was expecting the gelato. I had totally forgotten about the other use of Stracciatella. So stracciatella can actually be made at home without that much work. I’ve done it at a cooking class before, and it worked well. (I put it inside mozzarella to make burrata.) I said I was going to try making it at home during the last holiday season, but I never got around to it. Maybe this year! This post is inspiring me as your photos look amazing, Mimi!

    • chef mimi October 28, 2019 at 7:14 AM - Reply

      Oh goodness, I didn’t think about making it myself. I only made cheese using kits, besides. I’m glad you’ve had it, though. It’s such an experience. A little messy but oh so good!

  19. Laura October 28, 2019 at 1:26 PM - Reply

    Oh my, this looks amazing! I love burrata but never knew you could just buy the insides. I only knew stracciatella as ice cream! Going to have to look for this, though!

    • chef mimi October 28, 2019 at 1:53 PM - Reply

      Isn’t that funny! and I don’t think I’d heard of any of them! Hope you can locate this. It’s incredible.

  20. Susan@savoringtimeinthekitchen October 28, 2019 at 2:01 PM - Reply

    I love burrata on toasted baguette slices so I know I’d absolutely love this! What a lovely display of deliciousness!

    • chef mimi October 28, 2019 at 2:11 PM - Reply

      Thank you! I know you would absolutely love this if you already love buratta! It’s exquisite.

  21. Vicki Bensinger October 28, 2019 at 2:59 PM - Reply

    This sounds wonderfully rich and flavorful. What an ideal appetizer. I don’t believe I’ve ever had stracciatella but certain I’d love it if it’s anything close to burrata.

    • chef mimi October 28, 2019 at 5:26 PM - Reply

      You would love it, cause it’s really the inside of buratta! It’s rich and wonderful, and worth the calories!

  22. David Scott Allen October 28, 2019 at 3:38 PM - Reply

    Until today, I only knew about the soup and the gelato. Next time I’m in New York City, I can assure you I will get some at Eataly!

    • chef mimi October 28, 2019 at 5:26 PM - Reply

      Good! I never knew about stracciatella at all, so I still have to find the soup and the gelato!

  23. Katherine | Love In My Oven October 28, 2019 at 4:58 PM - Reply

    I had no idea there was actually a name for the inside of burrata! Where have I been!? I had only heard of stracciatella as an ice cream flavor, and even then I wasn’t sure what it was haha! Looks delicious!

    • chef mimi October 28, 2019 at 5:27 PM - Reply

      Well I didn’t either! I saw it on the menu, and I can eat just about anything on grilled bread, but when we heard what is was, we were game. And so happy we had that appetizer.

  24. All That I'm Eating October 29, 2019 at 4:48 AM - Reply

    How delicious! My idea of heaven!

    • chef mimi October 29, 2019 at 6:09 AM - Reply

      Mine as well ♥️

  25. cookingontheweekends October 29, 2019 at 2:09 PM - Reply

    Mimi, I never new this Stracciatella is the name of the inside of Buratta. That’s so interesting. Burrata is so delicious so THIS sounds like a true delicacy. I love what you served it with — especially the sweet apricots with the salty meat. Lovely. :-) ~Valentina

    • chef mimi October 29, 2019 at 4:18 PM - Reply

      So glad you know about it now Valentina! Get some soon!!!

  26. sherry October 29, 2019 at 11:08 PM - Reply

    i’ve only known this term as the soup i must say. this cheesy creamy stuff looks the business. soooo delicious. cheers sherry

    • chef mimi October 30, 2019 at 9:42 AM - Reply

      Isn’t that interesting?! I’ve never heard of the soup before. I guess I should make it and the ice cream to be fair!!!

  27. kitchenriffs October 30, 2019 at 10:03 AM - Reply

    I love this stuff! Although I always think “soup” when I see the name. Anyway, fun post — thanks.

    • chef mimi October 30, 2019 at 1:31 PM - Reply

      I still haven’t yet looked into what the soup is, or the ice cream. I need to do that!

  28. Sissi November 2, 2019 at 4:22 PM - Reply

    I’ve only had stracciatella ice cream (all our city’s Italian ice cream shops sell it), but never in savoury version. It sounds amazing!

    • chef mimi November 2, 2019 at 4:23 PM - Reply

      This cheese is out of this world! I hope you can find it!

  29. popsiclesociety November 6, 2019 at 1:38 AM - Reply

    Heavenly delicious! Every time I go back home I use to eat a lot of soft cheeses that here I can’t find or are way too expensive…stracciatella, stracchino…I love them :)
    Then stracciatella is also the tasty and creamy filling of burrata :)
    Can’t wait to go back home :)

    • chef mimi November 6, 2019 at 6:29 AM - Reply

      And that’s why it’s so heavenly!

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