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Stew Leonard's hand-made fresh mozzarella is one of our most popular items. Each store has a master mozzarella maker who makes up to 500 pounds of mozzarella cheese per day. Among all of our stores, Stew Leonard's sells six thousand pounds per week – that's three tons of mozzarella. Wow!

When we began making fresh mozzarella in 2002, we hired a third generation mozzarella maker originally from Calabria, Italy, who has been making mozzarella since he was 11 years old. Now all of our Stew Leonard's deli department team members are trained to make fresh mozzarella the old-world way.

We make our award-winning mozzarella fresh every day – right before your eyes! It's the freshest and best mozzarella you will ever taste. Deliziosa!

Mozzarella Tips:


  • Buy it fresh, the same day it is made. The mozzarella should be soft, moist, and have a taffy-like texture. Avoid mozzarella that is dried out.
  • Ideally, mozzarella should be eaten the day it is purchased and should be served at room temperature.
  • If you are not eating the mozzarella the same day of purchase, you should store it in the refrigerator in a container of cold water with a tablespoon of salt added to it. Salted mozzarella will keep for about one week; unsalted will keep for just a few days