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Buffalo Milk Camembert

Buffalo Milk Camembert

At Limoncello we love bringing you an Italian take on familiar items.  Be this Rio Mare Tuna instead of what you’d find in a supermarket; or Panettone instead of Christmas cake; or simply our relaxed and approachable style of hospitality in place of formality.  So in that vein we bring you an Italian Buffalo Mozzarella Camembert!

 

Camembert

Everyone is familiar with the iconic gooey cheese from Normandy.  Some of us have family members who love the stuff so much it is their highlight of the Christmas feasts.  But only provided it is so overripe that it resembles more of a toxic sludge than a cheese.  While others of us firmly insist that said “cheese” be stored outside of the house so as to not stink up the place, thank you very much!

As such an icon of French cheeses, you might expect Camembert to have its roots in the medieval French kingdom.  But it actually came into being around the Napoleonic Era when a cheesemaker in Normandy merged new industrial cheesemaking processes with the wisdom of a master cheesemaker from a little town called Brie.  And the rest is history.  Though Camembert was only truly elevated to national icon status during the First World War when French soldiers on the western front were issued Camembert as part of their standard rations.

But surely with such a history, Camembert should be a protected regional trademark (PDO), right?  Well, yes and no.  There is a PDO named Camembert de Normandie.  However, this is explicitly made from unpasteurized cow’s milk.  This both falls foul of certain country’s hygiene regulations, and leaves the name “Camembert” itself as fair game provided pasteurized milk is used.

 

Camembert di Bufala

Into this situation strutted a few cheesemakers from the Piedmont region in particular.  Piedmont is more used to the production of Robiola style cheeses such as La Tur, but they figured that if they could divert a small portion of the Buffalo milk used in mozzarella production they could turn out a wicked Buffalo Mozzarella Camembert.

And they certainly did!  The result was a cheese instantly recognizable as Camembert, yet also quite distinct.  Buffalo milk Camembert is delicate and fruity with a fresh smell and slightly acidic aftertaste.  And since Buffalo milk boasts double the fat content of cow’s milk, the result is a much creamier style of Camembert – a great winter warmer.

It is true that those family members who love the toxic sludge that is an overripe Camembert may turn their noses up at a Buffalo milk Camembert.  But for the rest of us it is a far more approachable cheese, milder and creamier than the French version.

Naturally you can find Buffalo Mozzarella Camembert at Limoncello.  And we have two top serving suggestions for you:

Most cheeses should be served at room temperature to bring out their full flavour.  But at room temperature the soft centre of a Buffalo milk Camembert tends to turn the consistency of a fondue.  So perhaps served just out of the fridge with some bread and fresh basil is the wiser course here.

Or alternatively you can embrace the gooey fondue idea and grill the Camembert with a drizzle of olive oil and perhaps a sliver or two of garlic and a sprig of rosemary.  You can find this version on our restaurant menu, served with fresh Italian bread.

The Garden of Winter

The Garden of Winter

We like to think of Limoncello as a little slice of that Italian holiday you enjoyed so much.  A reminder of those happy memories and simple pleasures.  We encourage you to drop in from time to time to soak up the Italian vibe.  Put a smile on your face and in your soul.  And fortify yourself to face the world outside.  This is hospitality as an artform!  Italian style…

 

The Italian Experience

We always try to make your Limoncello Italian experience as comprehensive as possible.  This starts the moment you walk through the door.  There’s no need for formal greetings – like you’re a stranger to be interrogated.  We prefer the casual familiarity of old friends.  Even if it’s your first time.  It’s the Italian way.

This authenticity extends into our deli and restaurant.  In our deli you’ll find dozens of traditional artisan products sourced direct from Italy.  Perhaps you’re just looking for some pesto or olives.  We have the best in town.  Perhaps you’re looking for some awesome Italian products not as well known in England.  Such as Rio Mare Tuna, La Tur cheese or Galeffi Effervescent granules.  Or perhaps you’re into your truffles.  In which case, stop by – we are Cambridge’s truffle experts.

And our food is to die for!  Whether it’s a light lunch of a hearty feast, we’ve got plenty of options.  Try out our buffalo camembert, lobster ravioli or fresh truffle pizza.  And the best part is that we constantly change our menu with the seasons, keeping your experience fresh for every visit.

 

Winter Gardens

Of course there are times when our quest to bring a slice of Italy to the heart of Cambridge runs into a little trouble.  Usually due to circumstances beyond our control.  Such as massive disruption to global supply chains.  And, of course, the weather.

Part of what makes any Italian holiday so vibrant is the weather.  The balmy sunlight and the sheer warmth of the day which encourages you to hide away in shady courtyards.  We did a good job of pulling that off during the summer in our lovely gardens and al fresco dining area.

But we’re not about to let a little thing like a change in the weather stop us from bringing warmth to the soul.  So, after a brief makeover we’re introducing our Winter Gardens.  Fully kitted out with heaters, blankets and windbreaks, for your warmth and comfort.  We’re calling it an Italian take on being snug.

We hope you’ll join us during this Christmas and winter season.  And help us to dispel the myth that an Italian way of life can’t survive in the cold…

Friendliest Delicatessen in Cambridge

Friendliest Delicatessen in Cambridge

One of the things we at Limoncello love most is engaging with our loyal customers.  Taking the time to build up relationships so that we really are greeting everyone as an old friend.  But let’s face it, this sort of engagement is far easier to do with our restaurant customers who may spend a lazy couple of hours with us at a time.  Rather than our deli customers who may be in and out with their purchases within 10 minutes.  So we’ve decided that it’s high time to spread around some red hot deli love!

 

Delicatessen Favourites

As a boutique Italian delicatessen we naturally enough stock a wide variety of traditional Italian delicacies.  Come try our much loved selection of pesto.  Marvel at our outrageous array of fresh and dried pasta.  Stand in awe of our cheese counter, featuring everything from the off-the-wall La Tur to the ever popular 3 year old Parmigiano Reggiano.

But if we have a speciality within a speciality it is our effusive love of truffles.  Limoncello is the place to find truffles in Cambridge.  Not only do with always try to maintain a good supply of fresh truffles (depending upon the season).  But we also stock an almost bewildering array of truffle infused or flavoured products.  From truffle gin to truffle honey and everything in between.

Due to popular demand we are also introducing a new product to the deli.  So many people love coming in to enjoy a cup of our specially sourced coffee, but then have left disappointed without a bag of beans to call their own.  No longer!  Now you can get a cup of Limoncello brand coffee to go – Italian style.  In bean form.  Though if you ask nicely we can always grind some for you too.  However, we cannot guarantee that it will taste the same brewed at home, without the input of love and skill from our baristas…

 

Christmas Shopping

Now let’s discuss the elephant in the room.  Christmas is coming and that means that there will be lots of shopping to be done. Some for the various Christmas related parties and feasts of the season; and some as gifts for friends and relatives.  Either way, the deli at Limoncello has what you need.

Perhaps you’re looking for a gift which is both high quality and something your relatives haven’t tried before.  The deli is full of great ideas and products which fit this bill perfectly.  Or maybe you’d like to give them the chance to choose themselves.  In which case a bespoke Gift Voucher tailored to your and their needs might be an ideal present.

Alternatively, how about injecting a little Italian vitality into your Christmas this year?  Among our traditional Italian Christmas delicacies, Panettone stands out as a true classic.  And we have a thousand of them, just in case…