Mozzarella, Point Reyes

The Giacomini family traces its roots to the mountainous terrain of northern Italy. In the early 20th century, Tobias Giacomini left Europe to settle in Northern California. A half-century later, his grandson, Bob, and Bob’s new wife, Dean, bought a farm near Tomales Bay and began raising Holstein cows and selling milk to a local creamery. Their herd grew from 150 to 500 by the mid-1990s, and the farm’s lush pastures are now certified organic. Bob and Dean had four daughters and, in 2000, the family launched the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, using its own milk to make its first cheese, Point Reyes Original Blue.

The company has now introduced a lovely fresh mozzarella. The 8-ounce pieces have a tender texture and a pleasant lactic tang, thanks to cultures that are used to gently acidify the milk. Use this delicate cheese on pizza, alongside juicy watermelon, sliced on grilled vegetables or classically paired with fresh tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of olive oil.

Available seasonally.

Farm / Company: Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

Cheesemaker: Kuba Hemmerling

Proprietor: The Giacomini Family

Affineur: Kuba Hemmerling

City, State: Pt. Reyes, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Vegetarian

Rind: None

Texture: Soft

Aging: Fresh

Size(s): 8-ounces