Perth’s first cheese lab opens its doors

La Delizia Latticini is now open. Photo: David Baylis
La Delizia Latticini is now open. Photo: David Baylis

PERTH’S first ever traditional cheese lab has opened its doors offering artisan cheeses made in store daily with award-winning Italian cheese maker Antonio Caroli at the helm.

La Delizia Latticini owners Kirsty and Domenico Boccia said they saw an opening in the Perth retail market for a local, cheese lab that not only operates as a store, but also supplies some of WA’s top restaurants who favour locally sourced, fresh WA produce.

Mr Boccia said he was passionate about producing the best mozzarella the state has to offer, using only local WA ingredients and traditional Italian artisan-style methods and equipment.

He said his passion stemmed from growing up in Italy’s pizza capital, Naples where he was surrounded by the best locally made cheeses the world has to offer.

“Our focus from the beginning has been to produce Italian style cheese, using only the best West Australian produce, so to do this, we have imported the best traditional cheese making equipment and have sourced an award winning cheese maker from Italy, who has been all around the world making cheese,” he said.

L-R: Domenic Boccia (Owner, La Delizia Latticini) and Gio Masala (Cheese Maker) with a display of Treccia cheese at the new La Delizia Latticini at the Hawaiian Park Centre in East Vic Park. Picture: David Baylis d497705

“Our mozzarella is hand stretched and made in store along with our other Italian style cheeses and antipasti everyday to ensure all our products are fresh and tasty for the avid cheese lovers of Perth.

“We love the idea of re-educating people to experience freshly made cheese rather than supermarket cheese which is usually filled with artificial colours and preservatives.

“The texture and taste of fresh mozzarella is completely different and is 100 per cent worth trying.”

L-R: Cheese Makers Stefania Mereu and Antonio Caroli making Burrata, a traditional cheese from Italy made with Mozzarella and Stracciatella. Photo: David Baylis

The store design provides a unique glimpse into the cheese lab via large viewing windows, so customers can watch the cheese making process and interact with the cheese maker.

La Delizia Latticini is located at Hawaiian’s Park Centre in East Victoria Park and Hawaiian general manager Scott Greenwood said they were proud to support a brand-new offering in the Perth foodie scene.

“La Delizia will offer Hawaiian Park Centre shoppers a unique experience offered nowhere else in Perth,” said Mr Greenwood.