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The History of Burrata Cheese

Rosie’s Sidekick Sandwich Shop loves using Burrata cheese. Here’s how it came to be.

Burrata cheese has a rich history rooted in the Italian region of Apulia (Puglia). Its origins can be traced back to the early 20th century in the town of Andria. The cheese was originally created as a way to utilize the excess scraps of mozzarella production.

Legend has it that burrata was invented by cheesemakers who wanted to find a use for the leftover curd, so they began to fill it with cream and bits of mozzarella, creating a creamy and indulgent center.

The History of Burrata Cheese

Here’s a brief history of burrata cheese:

Burrata cheese is believed to have been invented around the early 1900s in the town of Andria in Apulia, Italy. Cheesemakers in Andria are said to have come up with the idea of stuffing mozzarella scraps with cream, creating the unique texture and flavor of burrata.

This was initially a local tradition. Burrata was simply a local delicacy enjoyed by the people of Apulia. Its popularity gradually spread throughout Italy and eventually to other parts of the world.

Over time, the demand for burrata increased, leading to its commercial production. Today, it is produced not only in Italy but also in other countries with a tradition of cheese making.

Differences between burrata cheese and fresh mozzarella


Burrata cheese has a unique texture compared to fresh mozzarella. While fresh mozzarella is soft and slightly springy, burrata has a creamy, molten center enclosed in a thin, delicate outer shell.


The most significant difference between the two cheeses is the filling. Burrata is filled with a mixture of fresh cream and stringy bits of mozzarella, giving it a rich and indulgent flavor. Fresh mozzarella, on the other hand, does not contain any filling and has a more straightforward taste.


Burrata cheese has a richer, creamier flavor profile compared to fresh mozzarella, which is more subtle and mild.


While both cheeses are versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, burrata’s creamy center makes it particularly well-suited for spreading on bread or crackers, as well as for pairing with fruits, salads, and cured meats.

This is one of the cheeses that Freddy grew up with and has continued to love. You’ll find it in several of the muffuletta sandwiches at Rosie’s Sidekick Sandwich Shop. You can ask for it on any sandwich!

Rosie’s Sidekick Sandwich Shop & Catering is located in Chicago in the Logan Square neighborhood. 2610 N California Ave 773-697-3000. Our newest location is in Schaumburg in the D. R. Horton building. 1750 E Golf Rd 1st floor 847-648-7098

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