Blame Bobby Flay. My mother (AKA Mimi) was watching a show in which he smeared a cheese called “ribiella? robiella?” on a pizza crust and topped it with asparagus. From this observation, a mission was born. I needed to find the cheese so that Mimi could make Bobby Flay pizza! A Google search revealed that the cheese is called robiola. Mimi said that Flay had described it as being similar to goat cheese, although it is a blend of different milks. Searches of many markets came up empty. Finally Star Provisions yielded up a $15 block of smething more like brie than what I imagined as goat cheese (a log of white fresh cheese). I had my prize, but how did it compare to similar cheeses? How would it fare on pizza?
In order to make a comparison, I got two soft ripened cheeses made from cow’s and goat’s milk respectively. Then, on the off chance that I’d missed the robiola at Whole Foods (because I’d been looking for a log of goat cheese), I wentback there and found…with no sign and much cheaper…another robiola. Hence we have four soft or mold ripened cheeses.