This Small-Batch Company Makes Some Seriously Fresh, Organic Cheese

June 23, 2020

Ricotta is easy to fall in love with. Even for people who avoid cheese (yes, these sorts of people exist), its soft textures and mild flavors make it one star dairy. What’s even better is if that ricotta is fresh; it is creamy, and does well in whatever sweet or savory application it lends itself to. Discovering Tio Luca’s fresh ricotta gave us the perfect local example of this cheese, that we tried to stretch it out for a week, smothering it on toast with orange jam, and crumbling it on top of pasta.


We just had to go back to Legazpi Market, and discover what else was in store at this small-batch company that was dedicated to turning local dairy into something simply Italian. Their semi-hard goat’s cheese was incredible, slightly funky with a beautiful texture to both touch and tongue; mozzarella was still encased in its liquid so that you could easily tear it off with your hands and dip it into balsamic, and a saporito, which mimicked a classic Italian soft cheese, was tinged with turmeric for an entirely different flavor profile. When the words organic and fresh are thrown around, they’re often misused to make a product sound much more appealing. In Tio Luca’s case, it is what cements the difference in flavor you immediately get upon your first bite.

What’s your favorite type of cheese? Any other local, homemade cheeses you want to tell us about? Tell us in the comments section below!

Tio Luca Artisanal Dairy

Number: 0920 500 6105

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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5 responses to “This Small-Batch Company Makes Some Seriously Fresh, Organic Cheese”

  1. Deus Manila says:

    Rizal Dairy Farm! They have amazing list of locally made cheeses and yogurt including mozzarella, ricotta, kesong puti and many others. I’m surprised we even have a cheaper option compared to those available in Rustans.

    They’re in Salcedo Market, Market! Market! and SIDCOR in Eton.

  2. Volts Sanchez says:

    Sounds good. Sounds really, really good.

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