Little yummy cheese treats...mmmm, nothin' like 'em.
Every time we go to the cheese case there's intense negotiation, especially when there's goat cheese involved.
"Andante's Nocturnes are in..."
"But look at the San Marcellin. It's squishy!!"
"Well, how about this Bocconcino? We've never had it before and it feels nice and runny."
"But the San Marcellin. Look at it!"
"Well, feel this, it's squishy too."
"But you wanted another little dish."
"But feel this... It's SQUISHY!"
It goes around and around as we squeeze all the cheeses as if they were Charmin bathroom tissue.
The Bocconcino is an Italian cheese, as it turns out, from the Piedmont region from the Caseificio Alta Langhe. It was only $5, so how could you refuse a little treat? Milky pale and runny on the inside, it has a milder rind than San Marcellin, but a beautiful gentle flavor, so if you find San Marcellin too strong, this could be the cheese for you.
We also tried a little local salametto from Fra'Mani in Berkeley-- SOOO good. Really succulent, perfectly balanced, we had to forcibly stop our selves from eating the whole thing.
Fra'Mani is the brainchild of Paul Bertolli (of Chez Panisse and Oliveto fame) and you can actually order online. Well worth it!!