The King of Handmade Mozzarella is in the Bronx — Dining on a Dime

Hey everybody, we are on
187th Street and Arthur Avenue in the heart of the Belmont neighborhood in the Bronx. Now this is traditionally the center of Little Italy in the Bronx and we are going to a place right now called Casa Della Mozzarella, and what they’re famous for is producing some of the creamiest,
juicy, sensual, delicious home-made mozzarella. It’s
owned by a man named Orazio who runs it with his son Carlo. They’ve become sort of
legendary in this part of town. We’re going to go in right now and we’re going to check it out. (lively music) And so you learn this process
from the previous boss? Yes. [Carlo] – He comes every single day. He comes here every day? Yeah, it’s like a father-son relationship. Because he loves me. Does he give you a hard time? Sometimes. Once in a while possibly. Alright, this is mozzarella curd. We’ll cut them up in small
pieces. We go like this. Put your hands in the bottom. Ah, so you can, so you can. [Orazio] – Then it goes back again. [Lucas] – Alright,
let me try that. There. (Lucas groans) Pick it up again. That’s
okay, don’t worry about it. Just push again. [Lucas] – Alright. And so Orazio, you came here from Sicily? I came from Sicily, 1986.
My wife, she’s from here. Came here for love. My wife, she came to Italy on vacation. Yes, I was with somebody else. (Interviewer laughs) This is a true story. This is a different show! Sicilian way. This is a whole other show. We don’t want to talk about it, we’ll talk about mozzarella. Making the cheese, we’ve got the king, we’ve got the prince. I’m
more like the court jester of Mozzarella, I think, in this scenario. We’ve got the Juventus. Oh, you know Juventus are my team! This is the part you don’t trust me. Oh, because it spills. Too hot, okay. It spills! I understand. How do you
say danger in Italian? Danger? Pericoloso. Pericoloso. Now at this point, me, I know already, I have to put more water.
As soon as that do this, I know I have to put more water. Wow, look at that. This is why- a lot of people say, why you don’t make mozzarella with gloves? Because mozzarella can’t
be made with gloves because everything is feeling. Make mozzarella with gloves?
It’s not mozzarella, man. That looks beautiful. You see that here? Wait when you taste. I will. I’m very excited. What was it like when you moved here? At the beginning it was tough. [Interviewer] – How did you feel? Very bad. I want to go back to Italy. Go to the beaches, especially
Sicily – beautiful! Eat, go home, Mama make the food for me. Call it the American
success story, honestly Leaves, no money, no english, nothing, next thing you know,
he’s in Oprah’s magazine, Chuck’s Eat the Street,
Bobby Flay, Joe Torry, Robert DeNiro, all have come to the store. This is what I enjoy now,
this, I love what I do. Oh, beautiful. Look at this, you see? [Interviewer] – How much of
this do you make every day? About 3000 pound a week. Wow. I practice with my wife’s head. You do her hair? One two three. Wow. You did a good job. You squeeze them out, goes
like this, go like that. See? He make it. You- I didn’t do anything! I just- That’s it! Put it there. It goes in there? Yes. Wait, wait – I put it back in here. Yeah, mine had a little-
mine wasn’t that good. It’s normal, you say to me,
you think to make mozzarella in two minutes? Ooh, that’s hot water. No touching! Told you. [Lucas] – So just- [Orazio] – Just go like this. [Lucas] – Like this? [Orazio] – Push them up, little bit. From the bottom. Okay, okay. He’s like, no. You have to push down. Oh, you have to pull that down. Very good! Show to the
camera. See how he did it. It’s my first one. You first mozzarella? You did a good job. Give me five. I didn’t know mozzarella
could taste this good. Make sure you get that
milk going down his arm. Oh yeah. He’s got like a long- (laughter) [Carlo] – Sun dried peppers,
I’m going to make it nice and thick. Now I’m going to cut the mozzarella, cold balsamic vinaigrette dressing, my little secret is I
cut it from here first so I don’t ruin everything. [Lucas] – That is
a genius sandwich hack. [Carlo] – That’s why I
have a master’s degree. [Lucas] – (laughs) That’s
why I have a master’s degree The secret to this great
sandwich is, it’s those peppers. I told you! That’s the
specialty of it all. When you think about mozzarella cheese, most of us think about pizza,
at least in the United States. But with this fresh
high-moisture mozzarella, the milk is just running down
my arm as I bite into it, really delicious, all
the right combination of milky and creamy cow’s milk cheese. Traditionally actually made
with water buffalo milk, called mozzarella di buffalo, and the sandwich is very simple. These really nice sun-dried
peppers add a nice spiciness, just a little bit of sweetness
to the entire sandwich, and you could see when he
was making the sandwich how generous he was being
with that mozzarella but it doesn’t overwhelm. You can tell it’s so fresh. It just kind of dissipates in your mouth and goes really nicely with
that salty sharp prosciutto. Arthur Avenue is still such a
cultural and culinary engine. It’s no longer dominated by that Italian and American presence as it once was, but it still is a very important gathering
place, meeting place, for people to come back and
to really get in touch with their history, their roots,
their past, their families, and also to enjoy some
of this fantastic food, which is still here. Oh, and that f****** sandwich trick? Why did I never think of that? Cut the top half of the bread first! Then you’re not squeezing
s*** all over the place! That may be the most
valuable thing I’ve learned in 11 seasons of Dining on a Dime. Casa. Casa. Della. Della. Mozzarella. I really hope you enjoyed this episode of Dining on a Dime from
Casa Della Mozzarella. Bravo! On 187th street in the Bronx. Salteñas, which, they’re
sort of empanada-like, sandwiches called chollas,
traditional flavors, and drinks and menu items.

87 comments on “The King of Handmade Mozzarella is in the Bronx — Dining on a Dime”

  1. Su Koko says:


  2. Don Mox says:

    Lucas your nipple game is getting better and better. 😂 Great Review and much love 👍

  3. Russel Bob Borromeo says:

    nice hair lucas

  4. Ollie Rant says:

    What did the parmesan say when it broke up with mozzarella?

    Sorry mate, I’m just too mature for you…

  5. Sayntavian says:

    Now this was a hell of an episode!

  6. ProArt says:

    Try to find some fresh Burrata somewhere there, it's kind of Mozzarella, but with 3 layers on hapiness, mozzarella on outside, ricotta in the middle, and in the center it's creamy like mascarpone <3 having a fresh mozzarella there, you have a chance to find a Burrata too 😉 Hi from Italy 😀

  7. CoCoNU773R says:

    may be the first video on YT about italian food without angry italians in the comments. And it's with Lucas. Coincidence? I think not.

  8. Jason Bean says:

    I've made mozzarella at home. It's easy, and fun!:)

  9. Justin Hawkins says:

    God that sandwich looked amazing

  10. EastUpperGooner says:

    One of my favourite 'Eater' vids, brilliant.

  11. alexhernandez49 says:

    And who is the Queen?

  12. Daniel H says:

    Cut the top of the bread first!?! Genius!

  13. Bill B. says:

    That sandwich looked SO GOOD.

  14. Lek Buzzy says:

    That was great, it made me sooo hungry. I can't get a great sandwich like yours but I can get a good hot pastrami and swiss at our NY Deli.

  15. Omy d'Coffee Shop says:


  16. aigoochamnaa says:

    Orazio is such a character! Great to see his passion for the mozz

  17. John Feehan says:

    I see Lucas and it gets a like.

  18. N H. says:

    wrist icicle at 3:45

  19. Generaloberst Deubeu says:

    Lucas has tiny hands.

  20. MrAdonis258 says:

    Juventus?? Eew….

  21. Ironfranko says:

    Stupid question, maybe: are the mozzarella curds that they take off a plastic bag bought from some other producers?
    Anyways, I tried producing mozzarella at home, but it's very hard to find milk that is low temp pasteurized and non homogenized, still worth doing it 🙂

  22. jojojaykay says:

    This was a great episode. Thanks Lucas and Eater!

  23. coucamaya says:


  24. itsRyJoe says:

    lol i already had the hots for Lucas, but with the glasses, take me!

  25. Omar Al bulaihed says:

    4-1 😜

  26. Gerald Chan says:

    The construction of that sandwich was almost insulting to the beautiful mozzarella… Zero finesse.

  27. SPOILER750 says:

    That sandwich looks incredible! Only thing i would add a little arugula or a few basil leafs. It would be the perfect sandwich for me!…fuck it.. im driving down!

  28. Mr.Frisky Fox says:

    the only reason i watch this show is cuz lucas make it 1000 times better he just has that positive personality that people like to watch

  29. Prost!Stuttgart says:

    In Sicily you would get that sandwich with horse meat…. Bella

  30. Nick Smith says:

    Good video Lucas.

  31. Judson Zhao says:

    That is some beautiful craft process, looks creamy

  32. Peran says:

    New york is such an awesome place for a foodie. It’s almost impossible to cover everything.

  33. Gabriel says:

    This is my favourite episode yet, Lucas you are to pure and fucking hilarious. Shout out to whoever picks these locations, these guys were so charismatic and fun on camera, AND THAT SANDWICH THO OML.

  34. Bell Kijtorntham says:

    I haven't saw you for a while, Lucas. I think you're one of a luckiest man in the world. Lol Why everything you eat looks so nice. I just watch it at midnight… it makes me hungry. Anyway I think you loose some weight, didn't you?

  35. Kendra Lester says:

    Ahhh! If only his was posted 2 days ago! I literally just left the Bronx after visiting family. On my list for next visit for sure!

  36. kevinsmellls says:

    That sandwich trick is a gift from whatever higher power rules human existense

  37. Najla Khalisha says:

    back with the specs? yeeeah Lucas

  38. Rob TheSinner says:

    That sandwich hack. How simple yet I've never seen it until now. Even by places that specialize in sandwich making. Jesus it makes me feel so stupid.

  39. Mattia Righetti says:

    And of course it's an Italian who does it haha <3

  40. mugensamurai says:

    Casa Della is the definition of "if you teach a man to fish you feed them for a lifetime".

  41. Ranggi Arohmansani says:

    I'm sorry guys, dislike just because that shitty juventus banner.

  42. YellowHornet says:

    Lucas = Instant like

  43. Galactic123 says:

    Holy SHIT I miss living in NYC. The local Italian delis there made the best goddamn heros on earth.

  44. Robert J. Holtz says:


  45. mattias says:

    The sandwich "trick" was freaking genius.

  46. Maram li says:

    omg I want this sandwich right now

  47. FXBRXC says:

    That bread cutting hack is unbelievable

  48. ImaW1nn3r says:

    The Italian dude was very cool, he’s the Al Pacino of mozzarella. 👍🏼

  49. Rudie Obias says:

    I had to turn on the closed captioning for this video.

  50. LiNingAir says:

    Imagine chef is lactose intolerant.

  51. Roimata Hooper says:

    🤤🤤🤤 that sandwich tho!!! Yuuum!!!

  52. evvignes says:

    If you use a fairly sharp serrated knife you won't have to pre-cut the top piece of bread.

  53. Ultraman's Inspirational Recipes says:

    If you have a sharp, food service quality serrated knife, the sandwich cutting trick is totally unnecessary. Also, making mozzarella from store bought curds is cheating. Adding hot water, stretching and forming is the easy part.

  54. bmr8408 says:

    Used to frequent this amazing shop while in school at Fordham. It's so legendary, two of my friends hired them to make mozzarella fresh for their wedding reception cocktail hour.

  55. trublgrl says:

    So the best mozzarella in The Bronx comes from Polly-O manufactured cheese curd and hot water. There are literally a thousand places in the New York area who do it exactly the same way. There are also specialty shops in Brooklyn and Staten Island (And dairies upstate) who do it from scratch, some even from authentic Buffalo milk. I don't think this guy is really "The King". Don't believe the hype!

  56. PhillyQueso says:

    Can't believe Lucas went to the Bronx. And that there was an amazing shop right where I went to middle school. Visit my momma please

  57. Ariel says:

    How does the mozzarella become stringy like that?

    The sandwich looks good. Love Italian food!

  58. djfoo000 says:

    Audio levels are very low in this video.

  59. Langit says:

    Nice glasses 👓 Lucas 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  60. Marinko Marinko says:

    How much for that panino?

  61. P S says:

    Great video.

  62. ortem000 says:

    Glad you made it to the Bronx. It is often forgotten about when it comes to food shows, but there are lots of hidden gems.

  63. Julian Sen says:

    Anyone notice that the italian successor sounds alot like Frank from the pizza show?

  64. efaltia // XARA says:

    Everytime I watch Lucas' shows I feel so good and satisfied in a somewhat accomplished way. I like how he's being highly informative, but kind of blends into the place or the conversation – thing kinda flows naturally. He's very open minded and doesn't try to shove his dominance like many other show hosts do (not particularly on Eater or food shows, but actually in general).

    I feel like many hosts try to display their dominance somehow or overly showcase their 'expertise' (or always try to make it full-fledged gluttonous) on shows like this that is supposed to focus on the subject, and it just doesn't feel right to me. Not saying they should lay flat, but I'm just saying the creators of the subject (chefs/owners/communities/families) sometimes aren't given enough credit, while their perspectives are just as important in understanding the food/creations.

    I kind of see it like this, Lucas comes as a glass with spaces to fill with what goes beyond the food, and not being too judgemental about it – and he fills it with many perspectives and background informations that made it very informative and fulfilling. This is perhaps a matter of both cultural and sentimental approaches, but I do really appreciate the show is made like this; it's a much better – richer and healthier – outlook on food and culinary, I think. Thanks, Lucas! /o/

  65. YouKube says:

    Wow……… that panino looked very good.

  66. Peter Park says:

    I've won today after watching this video.

  67. TNH says:

    Forza juveeeeeeeeee

  68. iamsheep says:

    My favourite snack is that mozzarella with freshly sliced tomato…mmmmmmm

  69. seriousgamer64 says:

    Do they actually make fresh mozzarella or do they only stretch pre-bought Polly-O curds?

  70. Kevin Sun says:

    The son sounds like Frank from The Pizza Show on Munchies

  71. Panamericanana says:

    The mozza looks incredible but I'm not a fan of the amount of balsamic sirup and the sandwichbread. This needs some proper italian sourdough bread.

  72. Across theUniverse says:

    groovy sandwich pro tip… i must try this sandwich at this location. soon!

  73. Khang Ho says:

    What kind of dressing is that?

  74. Red Ryg says:

    I like that new york accent by his son

  75. dragonitedla44 says:

    I didn't know Lin Manuel Miranda made mozzarella

  76. Noe Cazares says:

    yea but i want some pizza.

  77. Kordista FullEffect says:

    Am I the only one who notice that in this video he said that he came to NY in 1996 but in the Tasty video "How Mozzarella Is Made" he said 1993

  78. Knarf Nil says:

    I now have a brand new appreciation of high end mozzarella!

  79. Bojan Peček says:

    Dope sandwich

  80. Amy Rivers says:

    What a great guy the mozzarella maker is.

  81. Emmanuel Alonso says:

    what an awesome dude

  82. littlebones18 says:

    Polly-O manufactured cheese curd hahahahaha

  83. Darlene Hoover says:

    Oh my gosh! That sandwich!

  84. Eidan S. says:



    Hi anybody will help to make mozerralla cheese

  86. Roskoe P says:

    You aint the king of anything when you start with pre-made store bought curd. That's kinda like CHEATING. Bigtime

  87. t Montes says:

    03:58 sandwich hack

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