In San Francisco, the Ferry Building has become THE place for fancy food shopping in a matter of months. Premium local artisanal brands (like ACME and Scharffen Berger Chocolate) are side to side with one-of-a-kind specialty food stores, creating an interesting “food vibe.” You can hunt for your perfect Italian dinner there- and here’s a set of articles to prove it!
The Cowgirls Creamery
No trip at the Ferry Building is complete for me without a stop at the Cowgirl Creamery. Their production of crème fraiche and ricotta keeps me coming, and they also display an impressive amount of Italian cheeses!! fontina Valdaostana, pecorino wrapped in walnut leaves, Montegrappa, sometimes Castelmagno, and even ricotta salata!! What a show! Too bad I haven’t seen Formaggio di Fossa yet, but I am sure one of these days I will find it here!
As if all these beauties were not enough, Cowgirl also sells a California-made burrata, and my favorite ever: crescenza, a soft-ripened cheese they get from Bellwether Farms in Petaluma. Delight!! It is the only crescenza on sale in the Bay Area, and you can also find it at Draeger’s and Whole Foods.