Is there a dairy dish more delish than burrata? If there is, I’ve yet to discover it. Well, now there’s an entire eatery dedicated to that deliciousness!

The menu.  Photo by Noelle Hannibal.

The menu. Photo by Noelle Hannibal.

In case you’re not familiar with this luxurious cheese, burrata is basically uber-mozzarella. It’s actually made from mozzarella and cream. And it’s heavenly. When you cut into the outer shell, cream and stracciatella (yet another kind of creamy Italian cheese) just oozes out.

I’m actually not a cheese-lover, per se, but I could eat burrata all day long.

And that’s just what we can all do at Burrata House in Culver City. (They also have a pop-up location in one of the hippest venues in downtown LA, Grand Central Market; I can’t wait to visit them there, too.) I only wish this place had been around when I was the restaurant critic for the Culver City News. I would have loved to be the first person to review it!

The inside eating area. Photo by Karen Salkin.

The inside eating area. Photo by Karen Salkin.

Burrata House is a cute little shop where you order at the counter, and then have a choice of sitting at a high-top table outside or on a stool at a mini-counter inside. Or take it to-go, as my friend Noelle and I did the other day (because we had hungry men at home.)

No matter where you eat it, the burrata is the star here, of course! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love that stuff!

Since this was our introduction to Burrata House, my group and I decided to share three sandwiches and two bowls, which are both great ways to enjoy the delectable cheese. It was the perfect amount—that way, among the four of us, we got to try a little bit of everything.

We tried three different sandwiches—turkey, vegetarian caprese, and the crudo, which is uncooked prosciutto. (They offer both kinds of this Italian ham.) While we really did enjoy them all, the guys’ favorite was the turkey, while we girls were a tad more partial to the prosciutto. But we all agreed that the freshly toasted rolls give the paninis just the right amount of crunch.

The bowls. Photo by Karen Salkin.

The bowls. Photo by Karen Salkin.

For those who eschew bread, as I pretty much do, the bowls are the way to go. They each contain salad, farro*, and meats or veggies, with a healthy chunk of burrata right on top. We tried both the veggie, which is perfect for vegetarians, of course, and the cotto, which is cooked prosciutto, which most of us liked a bit more because we’re a quartet of carnivores. You can mix it all up in the bowl or eat it in sections, as we did. Tasty salad dressing is included on the side. *[Note: For a couple of dollars more, you can go gluten-free with quinoa instead of farro.]

And it’s all made-up fresh right in front of you! There’s nothing pre-packaged about any of the fare at Burrata House.

You really don’t need more than what I’ve already mentioned, but if you do want to augment your panini or bowl, there are a few choices of add-ons, such as olives and sun-dried tomatoes, along with a side salad and a bag of chips. And if you need a bit of sweetness to end your meal, (as I always do,) there are cups of gelato in a case near the door.

Photo by Karen Salkin.

Photo by Karen Salkin.

By the way—we all really appreciated the great packaging! The sandwiches are wrapped perfectly in brown paper, with no chance of leaking. And the covers on the bowls are really solid, too, again with no chance of any of it falling out. And every item is distinctly marked, letting us know exactly what is what.

So whether you choose a panini or a bowl full of creamy burrata, you’ll be all set at Burrata House.

3272 Motor Ave A Unit A, Culver City 844-287-7282 www.burratahouse.com


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