I was alerted to the presence of the tiny shop Tedone Latticini by the blog Eating in Translation. According to that blog, “Georgia Tedone, now in her 90s, reportedly begins work before dawn to prepare her beloved fresh mozzarella .” When I walked in to her unassuming little shop in Williamsburg she was indeed seated behind the counter while another woman was busy slicing cold cuts. The shop was almost threadbare on my visit, with a few boxes of pasta piled up on the mostly empty shelves. Ms. Tedone saw me eyeing the balls of fresh mozzarella, plastic-wrapped and lined up on the counter, and knew exactly why I was there. “Mozzarella?” she said. “It’s $6.”
The mozzarella is wonderfully firm and also creamy, slightly salty from brining. However, I have a good Italian market near my house that makes fresh mozzarella, and Tedone’s cheese was on par with that. There’s just something special about getting it fresh from an old Italian woman.
What did I make with the mozzarella? That’s another post…
Tedone Latticini — 597 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn