Via Galileo Galilei, 101, 84047 Capaccio SA, Italy
Happiness is damn good cheesePeople often tread to the Salerno province in Central-South Italy to see the graceful ruins at Paestum (a Unesco World Heritage site, which houses some of the most wonderfully intact Greek ruins). While you’re down there, you should also go experience (and, most importantly, taste!) the cherished local Mozzarella di Bufala Campana economy. An organic buffalo dairy farm only a short drive from Paestum, Tenuta Vennulo in Capaccio specializes in authentic, hand-made mozzarella from the milk produced on the farm. They also feature a variety of other tasty products such as gelato, ricotta cheese, puddings, and yogurts – all of which are only sold on-site. Stop in at their Yogurteria, where you can treat yourself to a sweet snack. If you have more time, for only a few euros, you can get up close and personal with the resident buffalos in the guided tours they offer in a multiple languages, which showcases the care of their livestock and their cheese-making process. At the end of a tour, you are rewarded for your interest with heavenly samples of mozzarella cheese. Our visit also prearranged for a full lunch to be served from the products grown and raised at the farm. While it was what a few might call simple fare, it was also, by far, one of the best meals I’ve ever had. There’s few better things you will taste in your life than fresh buffalo mozzarella made earlier that morning. And, of course, nothing goes better with cheese than plenty of local Italian red wine. Salute!