23 Oct2008


Galileo Enoteca is just around the corner from Michelle’s putong ube, so I decided to check out what they had oin stock… Jackpot! Newly landed mozzarella di bufala or buffalo milk mozzarella flown in from Italy! I only chance upon this find at Galileo once or twice a year, because it only comes infrequently and is quickly sold out… This is the next best thing to fresh buffalo mozarella… and it is DRAMATICALLY better than grocery mozzarellas. At PHP450 for a large clenched fist full, it is pricey… but stretch it with several ripe tomatoes, lots of fresh basil leaves and an excellent olive oil… yum, yum, yum…


I also purchased two cans of Italian piselli or small peas (PHP110 each). One of the finest vegetable dishes I have enjoyed in Italy was just a simple dish of freshly shucked peas sauteed with tiny cubes of prosciutto… heaven. Sweet bursts of flavor from the peas, complemented by salty, fatty prosciutto. A match made in food heaven. Of course using canned peas will take away from this experience, but some of the experience is better than none of it…


Finally, with just half an hour to lunch, I succumbed to the lure of pre-sliced salumi in the chiller and asked for an order good for two persons, and they added salami, mortadella, and other cold cuts, along with slices and cubes of 3-4 different cheeses. I took this home with to have with a salad and some tomato soup. At PHP250 for this generous take out container, it was a steal!



  1. zamboangagirl says:

    how i wish i had the lunch you had….

    Oct 23, 2008 | 5:37 pm


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  3. Bubut says:

    wow! i remember the 1st MM eyeball at Galileo, that was fun. I will visit them again to check if they have that buffala.

    Oct 23, 2008 | 6:29 pm

  4. Gerry says:

    Santis also sells buffalo mozzarella but Galileo’s does taste better but also cost quite a bit more.

    Oct 23, 2008 | 6:43 pm

  5. Tricia says:

    Where is Galileo???

    Oct 23, 2008 | 6:46 pm

  6. Marketman says:

    Tricia, Galileo is on Calbayog St. in Mandaluyong and Pasong Tamo in Makati, click on link in main post to an earlier post on Galileo with address… Gerry, Galileo’s is a far superior bufala, the one at Santis seems almost factory assembly line produced, a bit harder, whiter and not as tasty… Bubut, the bufala tends to run out quickly after delivery, so you may want to call them first…

    Oct 23, 2008 | 7:43 pm

  7. sister says:

    Those prices are very reasonable, I pay $8. for a half lb. of buffala in NYC. It’s my absolute favorite, yesterday with the last of the heirloom tomatoes.

    Oct 23, 2008 | 8:16 pm

  8. SandyO says:

    There is also a Galileo branch inside SM Hypermart in libis.

    Oct 23, 2008 | 8:51 pm


    yes mozzarella is absolutely totally my favorite cheese. especially when i eat pizza and it strings or something when you pull it up.

    Oct 23, 2008 | 9:24 pm

  10. Jun says:

    Mozzarella on a fresh cherry tomato with olives, basil and generous amount of virgin olive oil. You’ll have a nice healthy salad which you can eat on it’s own. How refreshing it is….

    Oct 23, 2008 | 10:23 pm

  11. millet says:

    MM, are there now two branches, makati and mandaluyong?

    Oct 23, 2008 | 10:56 pm

  12. mikel says:

    don’t forget to drizzle (in my case soak) with aceto balsamico di modena

    Oct 23, 2008 | 11:09 pm

  13. rowena says:

    Viva Italia!! (couldn’t help myself…you just reminded me of my other “home”) ;-)

    Oct 24, 2008 | 1:10 am

  14. New Yorker says:

    I’m with you on that, Mikel! A little balsamic, to me, enhances the flavors of the cheese.

    Fresh mozzarella, really sauce and a couple basil leaves would make a good Pizza Margherita.

    Oct 24, 2008 | 2:05 am

  15. AnnaP says:


    Oct 24, 2008 | 2:07 am

  16. AnnaP says:

    i love fresh moz, basil, and tomato on toasted italian bread drizzled with olive oil.

    this is making me crave some right now and i just had lunch!

    Oct 24, 2008 | 2:14 am

  17. chrisb says:

    I love galileo’s mozza di bufala. So much better than the galbani brand. Unfortunately, they don’t have stock available all the time…

    Oct 24, 2008 | 3:23 am

  18. sonia says:

    hi MM. i just found out that anthony bourdain is presently in angeles with claude and that he will be flying to cebu later today! he must be there to see you! ( who else?)
    congratulations and have fun with him; wow him with your knowledge about our food and write us all about your experience.

    Oct 24, 2008 | 6:06 am

  19. Marketman says:

    sonia, I can’t say much at this point… all will be revealed in time… :) chrisb, yes, I only manage to get the Bufala a few times a year… AnnaP, that sounds good! New Yorker and mikel, a drop or two of REALLY good balsamic would be brilliant. millet, yes two branches, and according to one of the comments, another still at an SM hypermart. sister, glad to hear the price here isn’t outrageous… I didn’t think it was, and it was a really nice blob of cheese.

    Oct 24, 2008 | 6:22 am

  20. sonia says:

    in my excitement about bourdain ( i am a huge fan!), i completely forgot to thank you for the info on the mozarella. will certainly try to get some.

    thanks for all the information you so generously share.

    Oct 24, 2008 | 6:29 am

  21. dragon says:

    Mozarella IS a nice blob of cheese…living in a French setting (New Caledonia) “forced” me to try AND appreciate cheese other than cheddar, mozarella, camembert and brie.

    My latest home standby at the moment is Havarti. It melts like mozarella but is creamier and tastes buttery so there’s really no need to add much more to it. Plain grilled on pan de sal (without mayo or butter added)–great! When I get around to making my own kesong puti here in Melbourne…yum, yum, yum.

    Oct 24, 2008 | 8:26 am

  22. Fabian M says:

    SandyO: thanks for leaving the info that galileo is in Hypermart. A much more convenient place for me to pass by. :)

    Oct 24, 2008 | 9:03 am

  23. millet says:

    thanks, MM. would anyone here have the makati galileo’s address and contact numbers?

    Oct 24, 2008 | 9:53 am

  24. ana says:

    galileo is also on pasong tamo extension. la fuerza plaza i think.

    Oct 24, 2008 | 10:54 am

  25. Edwin D. says:

    Mozzarella ala Buffalo milk is da best with more fat content on it than regular cow milk. Though I love my brie too at our nearby Trader Joe’s store. Gotta have that 80% + content though as anything less is not as soft or ripe.

    Oct 24, 2008 | 10:56 am

  26. pecorino1 says:

    MM, I ate my way through Tuscany and Rome this summer and all those prices you mentioned (in Euro equivalent) are very reasonable.

    Oct 24, 2008 | 12:42 pm

  27. greasemonkey says:

    MM! Tony Bourdain!?!

    Oct 24, 2008 | 2:10 pm

  28. greasemonkey says:

    Oct 24, 2008 | 2:12 pm

  29. Kellyn says:

    even italian food in manila is cheaper than here in italy.


    and you just described my typical lunch (mozzarella, basil and olive oil) hehehe. the only thing this poor student in milan can make :p

    Oct 25, 2008 | 4:37 am

  30. Lava Bien says:

    Mozarella di Carabao! Fresh!

    Oct 25, 2008 | 8:04 am

  31. Lava Bien says:

    “Mozzarella was first made in Italy near Naples from the rich milk of water buffalos. Because it was not made from pasteurized milk and because there was little or no refrigeration the cheese had a very short shelf-life and seldom left the southern region of Italy near Naples where it was made.”

    We could probably make it better than the Italians.

    Oct 25, 2008 | 8:26 am

  32. bedazzle says:

    MM, i have yet to try galileo’s buffala but have you heard of a company in the philippines that makes buffalo mozarella. I’ve been trying to buy some at the phil. carabao center in munoz, nueva ecija but they tell me that it was developed and is being sold by a private company. Hope someone reads this and can tell me where to get the local buffalo mozarella. I read about Anthony Bourdain’s visit to the country.

    Oct 26, 2008 | 7:49 pm

  33. CecileJ says:

    Bedazzle, try Rizal Dairy. I think they have a stall in Market! Market! But I haven’t reied their Mozarella di Bufalla so I can’t comment on the taste.

    Oct 27, 2008 | 4:45 pm

  34. paul says:

    wow i really like it mozzarella di bufala with salad but be aware of fakes by chinese

    Oct 27, 2008 | 10:06 pm

  35. Lava Bien says:

    Maybe you should have asked them for “Carabao Mozarella” ( Mozarella di Buffalo in Italian) as it is the word “Carabao” being used in the Philippines not Buffalo, right MM?

    Oct 27, 2008 | 11:14 pm

  36. dorskipadua says:

    Rizal Dairy has a stall at the Salcedo Market during Saturdays. Their buffalo mozarella comes in medium sized balls packed in a tumbler containing 3 balls at 165 pesos before. Give it a try.

    Oct 29, 2008 | 4:55 am

  37. Leandro says:

    Hey! if you like to try good Buffalo Mozzarella try to go to angeles city , C Italian Restaurant , they serve salads with Bufallo Mozzarella .

    Nov 3, 2009 | 3:02 pm

  38. rowena says:

    wer i can buy the mozerella cheese?

    Feb 12, 2010 | 1:32 pm

  39. florence pablo says:

    where can i buy buffalo milk here in metro mla.? *

    Jun 9, 2010 | 3:05 pm

  40. Lee says:

    Locally made Buffalo Mozzarella are available at Rustan’s Gourmet Deli and Rockwell’s

    Aug 7, 2010 | 8:42 pm


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