Giorgio Linguanti’s love of fine food began when working in a small shop in Sicily that specialised in products from the nearby Aeolian Islands. On arriving in Melbourne in 2004, with a love of food and speaking only Italian, he turned his hand to cheese making and in 2008 That’s Amore was born.
That’s Amore Cheese sources Australian milk that is transformed into a variety of artisan cheeses at Giorgio’s purpose built facility in Melbourne. Traditional recipes and methods are used and all his cheeses are Halal Certified, suitable for vegetarians and free from preservatives and artificial colours.
“The key to cheese making is love! This is true for everything you do, not just for cheese making. If you do everything with love, the results will be obvious – they’ve got to be good! This is why my company’s name, That’s Amore, means That’s Love.” – Giorgio Linguanti
Cow’s milk is used to make this pasta filata or ‘stretched curd’ style of cheese. Pasta filata styles require skill and the ability to ‘read’ the cheese over each production step. First farm fresh milk is pasteurised before non-animal rennet and starter cultures are added to transform it into a custard-like consistency which is then carefully cut by hand at just the right moment, to separate the curds and the whey. The curd is next hand-stretched which allows it to be moulded into the desired shape, in this case Bocconcini which translates as ‘little mouthfuls’, and while, smaller in size than the larger mozzarella form, offer the same delicious flavour.
The spun layers of curd are soft and supple with a milky flavour. Use in anti-pasto platters, add to salads, melt on pizza or add to warm vegetable dishes and soups.