Paesanella Food Emporium

  • Paesanella was begun by Umberto Somma who arrived from Italy in 1956 with nothing but a love of Italian cheeses and the traditional ways of making them.


    Initially selling to migrants like himself, the popularity of his cheeses eventually grew and he built first a cheese making factory in Marrickville and then the Paesanella Food Emporium, just a short walk from the current factory.

    It’s here that customers of all nationalities enjoy delicious fresh pasta, paninis and wood fired pizza on street level or head upstairs to a continental deli and factory area, famous for it’s ricotta and mozzarella.

    Grace, who has helped carry on this amazing Italian family cheese making business for the last 20 years says it’s still all about the cheese,

    ‘We make fresh ricotta, dry ricotta, bocconcini, a burrata, buffalo mozzarella, mascarpone and many others.’ 

    And while in the early days the customers were mainly southern European, now they’re from all around the world. Grace goes on, 

    ‘Everybody comes here. All the locals and all the nationalities. They eat the ricotta and they love it.’

    Paesanella places great importance on the freshness of the cheese they serve and sell. So having the cheese made around the corner certainly doesn’t hurt.



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