La Casa Del Formaggio Wins Innovation Award!

La Casa Del Formaggio Wins Innovation Award!

La Casa Del Formaggio has won the prestigious SARDI Innovation Award in the 2015 South Australian Food Industry Awards Program. The award was announced at the annual Gala Dinner organised by Food SA, the state’s peak industry body for the food industry.

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300 mg Seroquel The award recognised an innovative change to milk supply relationships; how La Casa Del Formaggio sourced milk to make high quality fresh cheese. Rather than buying milk from a bulk milk supplier, La Casa Del Formaggio formed partnerships with seven family farms located in the beautiful, lush Mt. Compass and Myponga region of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. These farms supply fresh milk seven days a week. The partner farms were selected because of their quality, the terroir of the Fleurieu region (which is reflected in their milk) and specific herd mix of Friesian and Jersey cows, which delivers the perfect balance of butter fat and protein in the milk to make it perfect for cheesemaking.
“This innovative approach delivered advantages at multiple levels” says Claude Cicchiello, Managing Director of La Casa Del Formaggio. “It delivered a price stability advantage for La Casa Del Formaggio, a price/volume stability advantage for the farmers, a level of authenticity, terroir and provenance for the La Casa Del Formaggio brand, confidence of quality for the consumer and an embodiment of the South Australian industry food strategy all in one initiative.”

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La Casa Del Formaggio's Managing Director Claude Cicchiello

opcje binarne bonus bez depozytu La Casa Del Formaggio’s Managing Director Claude Cicchiello. Photo: James Knowler + Crew

 

 

“We’ve noticed an improvement in the quality, taste and texture of our cheeses since moving to direct milk supply, and we’ve received quite a bit of customer feedback that confirms our observations.”
The close working relationship with a small number of premium dairy farmers has allowed La Casa Del Formaggio to be confident in consistently high quality milk which in turn is now reflected in their cheese products. It has also allowed the dairies to work with La Casa Del Formaggio to carefully and consciously build quality through continuous improvement.

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“At La Casa Del Formaggio, we are passionate about sharing our authentic family cheese tradition from Italy with Australia,” says Claude Cicchiello. That passion and commitment to authenticity and quality is self-evident in the La Casa Del Formaggio range of products; a commitment to authenticity, for example, that means that La Casa Del Formaggio continues to resist the market pressure to put shelf-life extending chemicals into their fresh ricotta.

 

 

For more on the SA Food Industry Awards, visit their website:http://safoodawards.com.au/.

 

La Casa Del Formaggio Celebrates Ricotta Through Spring!

La Casa Del Formaggio Celebrates Ricotta Through Spring!

This year La Casa Del Formaggio is celebrating the ricotta recipe that has remained unchanged for the last 30 years. Rosa Cicchiello made ricotta in the family kitchen to supply fresh cheese to customers partronising the local Hectorville deli the family was running at the time. The ricotta was such a success that three years later in 1988 the family decided to focus on cheese fulltime. And La Casa Del Formaggio was born.

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“I can remember Mum working early in the morning, making her ricotta that Dad would take fresh to the shop,” says Claude Cicchiello, Managing Director of La Casa Del Formaggio. “When we started making cheese fulltime, ricotta was the foundation of the business.”

 

Rosa’s ricotta recipe has remained unchanged for the past 30 years. There is considerable commercial pressure to add preservatives to provide more shelf life for the retailers but La Casa Del Formaggio has resisted this pressure, believing that customers will always reward them for their commitment to authenticity.

 

La Casa Del Formaggio became famous for introducing Bocconcini in tubs into family refrigerators across Australia. But this spring, La Casa Del Formaggio is focused on honouring the star of its past.

 

“We sell Mum’s original recipe in tubs here in South Australia. That is the one we are celebrating with a special statewide promotion,” Claude said. Kicking off October 1st, the company will be giving South Australian customers a chance to win a Vespa Primavera 50cc valued at $5990 on road by simply purchasing a tub of ricotta and entering their details online. This competition is only available in South Australia as the Ricotta tub is only sold in SA due to its short fresh shelf life. For full details, visit lacasa.com.au/vespa (SA Permit Number T15/1173).

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There will also be celebrations held in store with Ricotta Donut giveaways at Foodland Norwood on October 2nd and Foodland Pasadena on October 8th, promotions and sampling. They have also updated its packaging from white to the company’s signature green, to make it more prominent on shelf.

Here is the recipe we will be sharing in stores, that can be made with any of our Ricottas:

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Celebrations will continue nationwide through the rest of spring with regular ricotta recipes and meal ideas posted on social media.

 

La Casa Del Formaggio has come a long way from its origins as a continental deli in suburban Adelaide. It is now a rapidly growing family business making premium quality authentic cheese. La Casa Del Formaggio works directly with local SA dairy farmers to guarantee consistent product quality. “We are passionate about sharing our authentic family cheese tradition from Italy with Australia,” says Claude.

 

Despite the family deciding that they would focus on cheese, they have never forgotten their roots or the continental deli customers that made them. Even today, Claude’s sister Marisa Salandra runs the factory retail outlet at Glynde, a tribute to the Hectorville store of the past.

 

Rosa’s original Ricotta in tubs is available from Foodland, Coles, Woolworths, Fruit and Veg Stores and Continental Shops across South Australia. Traditional Ricotta made from whey is available in 1kg baskets and is available both locally at Foodland, Coles, Woolworths and Continental Shops and interstate at Woolworths in WA, QLD and NSW. It is also available behind the glass in local Foodlands and delis, plus Woolworths (SA, WA, QLD) and Coles (WA and SA).

 

Rosa, who cofounded La Casa Del Formaggio with Gerardo 28 years ago, passed away earlier this year.

 

Sharing our Family Recipes

Sharing our Family Recipes

On September 30th 2015, the La Casa Del Formaggio staff were given the opportunity to live out our family values and share our treasured recipes with the less fortunate. Members of our team worked together to serve breakfast and lunch with the clients of the Hutt Street Centre in Adelaide’s CBD.

 

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The Hutt Street Centre provides 54,000 meals per year to the homeless and vulnerable. The centre also provides education, training and counseling, as well as activities and space for the displaced to come together and feel a sense of community.

La Casa Del Formaggio felt that we could offer a sense of family by sharing the recipes that were staples in the Cicchiello household, including Bocconcini, Egg and Pancetta Breakfast Bake, Lasagna, Cheesy Vegetables, and Tiramisu.

 

 

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(Rosa’s Traditional Lasagna Recipe, with Mozzarella Cauliflower, Potatoes and Pumpkin)

 

Our team thoroughly enjoyed working together in this environment, and we hope the people of the Hutt Street Centre found the food as comforting as we do.

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For more information on the Hutt Street Centre and their vast array of services, visit their website here.

Gold Medals for Mozzarella and Mascarpone

Gold Medals for Mozzarella and Mascarpone

We are delighted to announce we have won the following medals at the 2015 DIAA Australia Dairy Product Competition:

 

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La Casa Del Formaggio 500g Ricotta: Silver

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La Casa Del Formaggio Double Cream 250g: Silver

 

A big JOB WELL DONE goes out to all of our staff members who make us proud every day!

Trecce!

Trecce!

Pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds, Trecce is a hand-plaited pasta filata cheese. In Italian, Trecce means ‘braid’. It essentially has the same delicate, milky flavour as bocconcini, with a delightfully stringy texture once cut or torn apart. Trecce is a gorgeous entree or addition to a cheese platter as it has a wonderful presentation. It is best served with tomatoes and basil or roasted vegetables. We also often enjoy this cheese simply: drizzled with the finest extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar of Modena.

This cheese is only made by hand. The cheesemaker puts the cheese into very hot water so that it becomes malleable, and pulls it into a long piece which is then plaited into a neat braid. Our founder Gerardo taught his son Claude to make this cheese as a teenager. Gerry instructed Claude to perfect his method by tying a tea towel to the back of a chair to practice plaiting the towel. Gerry did not allow Claude to stop until he mastered the art of cheese/towel plaiting!

In this video, you can watch our cheesemaker Lucio (Sam) plait the Trecce by hand. Sam has been with us for over 15 years and he has always plaited the Trecce fresh daily to sell in our Factory Outlet Shop.

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