Or so I thought. Until I bumped into Raffaele Barlotti at his dairy's bar one Monday evening. Over a caffe' he invited me to come back the next day for a look around.
I arrived at about 10:00 am the next morning. After just five minutes, my tour guide Sandro at Caseificio Barlotti, I forgot about the dozen or so times I have seen mozzarella at work as a chaperone on the obligatory school field trips. This time seemed like the first time. Sandro decided that we should begin in the production area which was in full swing. But first, he sais, I needed a little protection,. A pair of blue plastic baggies that I just slipped over my shoes and I was ready to go.
As much fun as I was having in the production area, Sandro suggested we go and see the buffaloes. And why not? First a quick walk through the milking room to see where the buffaloes are milked, two times a day...at 3 am and 3 pm. All by machine with just one worker to man the equipment.
And there were plenty of them. First, the older females...some relaxing in the sun. Others eating an early lunch of straw, hay and corn. It was entertaining to watch a few who would toss up the mixture in the air with their snouts to search for the sweet dried corn.
Yes, that's what I'll do.
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