- yes, I needed a break from thinking about pizza cloning. I usually try to make one tiny personal pizza per day or every other day, and with each one I experiment with a different sauce Iíve whipped up, or different cheese combination. I got really frustrated that night because I was experimenting with making my sauce from scratch with fresh plum tomatoes, and on some days it tasted similar to the pizza Iím trying to clone, and other days it tasted completely different. Hence my frustration.
Around Christmas, I had to step away from pizza making and concentrate on the busy holiday season, which was a good thing.
AnywayÖfor anyone who is interested in my progress since the last message I posted in which I was about to storm the bastille lolÖ.read onÖ..
I did indeed end up going to the police station and they said that they could not give me a simple answer on the legality of dumpster diving, because there were separate issues of personal property & trespassing involved. So I said thanks and headed for the dumpster! Unfortunately at my pizzeria, the dumpster opening was high up and I couldnít reach any of the few bags at the bottom.
So I walked over to the small recycling bin with all their cardboard boxes. The only cheese box I found was a ricotta box by Della Vita (the FSA house brand).
After that I headed over to FSA to quiz them. After finding the ricotta box by Della Vita, I was sure they must use that brand of Mozz too. The lady from sales came and she had her laptop with their inventory and I was quizzing her about which loaves of whole milk mozz are available. I told her I was trying to find which brand this specific restaurant uses and she said, ďOh, well let me check for you.Ē I almost fainted! I thought, Yes! Now I will have the key!
She pulls up their contract and starts naming off all the cheeses that they use: Stella Romano, Della Vita Ricotta, etc.
But no mozzarella at all!
She said they donít order any mozzarella from FSA.
She said it appeared they had been contracted for Galbani mozzarella, but that itís not current. She said itís not uncommon for restaurants to use several different food service vendors.
So I think they MAY regularly use Galbani - I would assume they use Galbani Premium Whole Milk Low Moisture Mozzarella, which is the food service Galbani mozz. It has more fat than most WM Mozzarellas...
So a few days later I went to my fave pizzeria again to snoop. This time I had someone with me, so I felt bolder. I ended up grabbing two trash bags from the trash and throwing them in the back of my vehicle. I also snooped more in their cardboard boxes, and I did see a Sysco box - so I know they use Sysco as well as FSA. Unfortunately I canít buy from Sysco like I can from FSA. But I did not see any mozzarella or other cheese boxes.
So I get the trash bags home, take them into the kitchen, and the bags are filthy and greasy and disgusting, getting slime all over my shirt. Ugh.. I look inside one and itís just filled with a huge, heavy folded up piece of wax paper covered in tons of cooking grease. Blech!
The other bag was just full of napkins - just napkins! I think it may have been the bag from the restroom.
So it was a total failure. I wonít be grabbing trash bags anymore - the cardboard recycling bin is much more promising and less disgusting.
So today I went to my local food service Cash & Carry store, and they are going to get back to me about whether they can order the Galbani Premium mozz. I really hope they can. I came to a realization that itís not the sauce - it really is their CHEESE that gives the distinctive flavor. I was mistaken when I thought it was the sauce. The cheese is indeed the key.
Tonight I made a small pizza using all provolone, which has a piquancy that mozzarella in general tends to lack. I used the sauce that the restaurant gave me and it tasted much more like their pizza than Iíve ever experienced before. So? Maybe they donít use mozzarella at all, maybe they use a provolone for their pies. I just donít know. Hopefully I can get some Galbani Premium and see if that adds the right flavor. I know in the nutrition info, it contains more fat than most other WM LF Mozzarellas, so maybe thatís what adds all the flavor to their pizza.
I need to do a really thorough snooping session in their recycling bin and see if I can find a mozzarella box. They either use a really flavorful mozzarella or an aged provolone. I was not able to distinguish which it was in that sample of cheese I was given, but the cashier said they use mozzarella, so maybe itís Galbani mozz! Iíve got my fingers crossed that thatís it and I can get my hands on some.
If anyoneís tried Galbani Premium WM LM Mozz
, please chime in and report on how flavorful it is!