Hamden, CT – The American Cheese Society Judging & Competition, the largest of its kind for American-made cheeses, takes place each year at the ACS Annual Conference. This event celebrates and respects the craft of every cheesemaker. Liuzzi Cheese is thrilled to announce that five of their products brought home top awards:
Ricotta Di Bufala – 1st Place
Smoked Burrata – 1st Place
Burrata – 2nd Place
Filoncini – 3rd Place
Smoked Fresh Mozzarella – 3rd Place
“We’ve been entering the competition since 2007,” said Liuzzi President and CEO Ralph Liuzzi. “Ninety-nine percent of the time we come out with some sort of award.”
Liuzzi runs a hands-on operation, where on any any given day you’re likely to see co-founders Lino Liuzzi, 83, and his brother Nicola Liuzzi, 67, testing quality and stirring giant vats of cheese in various stages of completion. It’s no surprise this fifth-generation cheesemaking operation’s founder, Lino Liuzzi, a native of Noci, Italy, has been making cheese since he was 5 years old. It all began in 1826 in the Puglia region, the “heel” of southern Italy.
They continue to craft some of the best Italian cheeses in America. “In the category of Italian cheeses, we are a small fish in a big pond,” said Liuzzi Vice President for Sales and Marketing Carmine Durante. “We focus on the artisan style of making cheese here. ... We love to source local. The more we can source local, the better it is for us.”
This year’s American Cheese Society competition saw a total of 1,742 cheese and cultured dairy products from 257 companies entered. The competition recognizes products for their achievements in flavor, aroma, texture, and appearance.
Liuzzi offers extensive lines of Italian cheeses made from both cow’s milk and buffalo milk, including fresh mozzarella (in various sizes and shapes) and ricotta, burrata, provolone-style caciocavallo, filoncino, scamorza, stracciatella, basket cheese and various smoked cheeses.
Right now, you can get Liuzzi cheese — including certified kosher ricotta — in about 22 states, as well as at Big Y and Garafolo family-owned Shop Rite stores, Adam’s stores and Stew Leonard’s, as well as many independent stores.
“We like to stay with local, independent, family-owned” stores or chains whenever possible, said Ralph Liuzzi.
PHOTOS: (L) Brothers and founders of Liuzzi Cheese Nicola, left, and Lino Liuzzi with bocconcini, or “bite-sized” mozzarella at Liuzzi Cheese in Hamden. (C) Company founder Lino Liuzzi holds an aged wheel of Sabbioso, a hard parmesan-style cheese used for grating, at Liuzzi Cheese in Hamden. (R) Fifth-generation cheese maker Ralph Liuzzi moves racks of Scamorza mozzarella, in red nets, and Caciocavallo provolone, in white nets, in the aging room at Liuzzi Cheese in Hamden. Photos: Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media
We had the pleasure of partnering up with Elm City Market and demonstrated how to make
fresh mozzarella on a segment that was aired on CT STYLE! Ralph Liuzzi, the owner and
Carmine Durante our VP of Sales are proud to be a local business serving the community!
Call for details about our products and upcoming events. (203) 287-8477.
Liuzzi was proud to be an exhibitor for the 5th year, at the Fancy Food Show this June. Held at the Jacob Javitz Center, this was the largest specialty food industry event in North America and the premier showcase for industry innovation. This was the place to see and taste the future of food!
Here we are at the Grand Opening of ShopRite in Cromwell, CT, May 18, 2019. We are proud to have a large variety of our products available here.