Welcome to Floridia Cheese, the heart of Italian-style cheese craftsmanship nestled in Thomastown, Melbourne. Join us on a delectable journey as we explore the artistry, tradition, and passion behind the magical world of Burrata and other exquisite cheeses.
The story of Floridia Cheese is not just about cheese; it's about a legacy woven with tradition, passion, and unwavering quality. Mauro Montalto, the patriarch and a skilled cheese maker, laid the foundation for a family-driven business that transcends generations. Today, Tomasso and Angela, the second generation, along with the third generation of Montalto's, continue to uphold the family tradition.
In 1952, Mauro Montalto, his wife Carmela, and their three sons embarked on a journey from Sicily to Australia. Along with them, they carried the rich cheese-making heritage of Floridia, a town renowned in Sicilian history for its cheese-making prowess. The Montalto family's self-sufficient way of life and dedication to preserving Italian culture became the bedrock of Floridia Cheese.
Mauro's cheese-making journey began with crafting traditional Ricotta cheese over a wood fire in his backyard for his three sons. What started as a humble endeavour soon blossomed into a thriving business. Montalto's frugal peasant culture, rooted in reusing leftovers, led to the creation of the finest Ricotta, a testament to the resourcefulness and innovation embedded in Floridia's history.
By 1955, the demand for Floridia's traditional Italian-style cheese soared. Mauro purchased a small factory in Bundoora, marking the birth of Floridia Cheese, named after his Sicilian birthplace. The success of the business prompted a move to a larger site in Thomastown in 1998, solidifying Floridia Cheese's status as Australia's most respected Italian cheese manufacturer.
Floridia Cheese's success is rooted in its commitment to time-honoured methods. Traditional cheese-making techniques, passed down through generations, blend seamlessly with a modern approach. The result is a range of cheeses that are not just products; they are culinary experiences that embody the essence of Italy.
Passion is the heartbeat of Floridia Cheese. The Montalto family's dedication to the history of cheese-making is evident in every product. From Bocconcini to Fresh Pecorino and Mozzarella, each cheese is a testament to the family's unwavering commitment to quality.
Floridia Cheese has set the industry benchmark for consistency and quality in Italian cheese products. The commitment to manufacturing at the highest possible standards echoes the determination of a family that turned humble beginnings into a flourishing legacy.
Burrata cheese, a star in Floridia's constellation of cheeses, deserves special attention. Creamy, delicate, and rich, Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. Its luscious texture and milky flavour make it a favourite among cheese connoisseurs. At Floridia, Burrata isn't just cheese; it's an expression of artistry and a nod to the authentic flavours of Italy.
Floridia's cheese repertoire extends beyond Burrata, encompassing Stracciatella, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Pecorino, Hard Cheese, and more. Each cheese is a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, offering a diverse palette for cheese enthusiasts.
Floridia Cheese invites you to immerse yourself in the world of authentic Italian-style cheese. Witness the art of cheese-making, savour the aroma of ageing cheeses, and indulge in tastings that transport you to the heart of Italy.
Experience the magic of Floridia's cheeses in the comfort of your home. From Burrata to a variety of artisanal cheeses, Floridia Cheese brings the essence of Italian craftsmanship to your table.