Caseificio Michelangelo (Michelangelo Cheese Factory)

Caseificio Michelangelo (Michelangelo Cheese Factory)

Caseificio Michelangelo (Michelangelo Cheese Factory)
4.5
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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4.5
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Lotz2CnDo
West Palm Beach, FL200 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
We booked a triple tour (Mozzarella, Limoncello, Olive Oil) with Sara of Caseificio Michelangelo based on other TripAdvisor reviews. We were not disappointed. Sara's family owns the Mozzarella factory, so this isn't just her job, it is her life. It is what she grew up with so she knows it in and out. We are a family of 4 (boys are 18 and 19) and they even enjoyed every second of the day with Sara.

We started out by meeting Sara at the Mozzarella factory. We asked to drive so she jumped in our car (brave woman) and directed us first to Gargiulo Olive Oil factory. Though it wasn't season for picking and preparing the oil, we still had the opportunity to see how the process happens from beginning to end, both currently and before modern technology. We then had a wonderful time tasting all the different products they produce. Had no idea how good olive oil could taste. Needless to say, we shipped an order home and they have solidified a new customer for future orders.

We then headed over to Cassano Limoncello. By the way, there is a really awesome elevator that we jumped on to bring us all the way down to the sea where the factory was located. If we hadn't gone with Sara, we would have never known about it. So a fun fringe benefit of of our tour.

Again, nothing was in production when we were at the Limoncello factory, but we still had the opportunity to be shown the entire process and then taste test the many different flavors, which I had no idea there were. Chocolate was my favorite.

Saving the best for last, we headed back to Sara's Mozzarella factory. Where we first dressed into sexy hair net, smock and booties and were then brought down into the factory. Not a large expansive factory like we are use to in the states, but a small, efficient, state of the art system based on old processes. We were shown how it is made (no longer do I want to make own) from start to finish, along with other cheese they make. Were explained the drying processes for different cheeses and lastly watched how Sara's uncle kneaded the cheese into the perfect texture to work with and then he let the boys get hands on and braided mozzarella.

Of course the end of the tour wouldn't be complete without a fabulous sit down tasting of all their cheeses and a glass of wine. If you are going to Sorrento, don't miss out on this tour with Sara. Thank you Sara for a wonderful time.
Written June 21, 2015
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AJ I
New York City, New York, USA65 contributions
May 2014 • Family
We visited the factory in May 2014, and had a great experience. Our family is full of cheese-lovers, and this was a unique tour of a family-owned factory. Sara was a great tour guide, and her uncles were a lot of fun to interact with. Logistics were easy to organize over email, and Sara and her husband picked us up at the hotel and dropped us at the port on our way to Capri.

My mom is a great cook, and was inspired by the visit to make her own (delicious) cheese at home:
http://anooverghis.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/fresh-homemade-cheese-paneer-ricotta-queso-blanco/

Only drawback is that the tour is slightly pricy, but we did have an excellent experience.
Written June 8, 2014
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JoeChris2013
L.I. NY15 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
I found this attaction while I was searching for things to do in the Sorrento area while my husband and I were staying close by in Vico Equense. I e-mailed to inquire about making reservations as the website states you have to book in advance. They do this so that they do not get to many people at one time for the tour. There is no cost to make the reservation they just ask that you call them a day ahead of time if you need to cancel. I was contacted by Sara Russo, whose family owns the cheese factory, and confirmed the day I wanted was available. They provide round trip transfer to/from your hotel if you are staying in Sorrento. As we were staying in Vico Equense, I told her we were going to take the train (it is only 2 stops away) to her town and were going to walk to their location. Right away Sara told us to take the 8:52 train from Vico and get off at Piano di Sorrento and she will pick us up in front of the station at 9:00. She also asked if we wanted to add an olive oil tour and a limoncello tour. Sounds like fun so we said yes. Fast forward 3 weeks and we are now standing at the train station at 9:00 waiting for Sara, and wondering, is she really coming? We never re-confirmed as the date got closer, should we have?. Now mind you we do not know what she looks like or what she drives. She does not know what we look like (although I am sure we stood out as the only 2 tourists waiting at the small train station). But it worked out fine, she pulled up and we just kind of knew it was her. She introduced herself and informed us that no one else was on the tour that day, just us. We had our own private tour. We went first to the olive oil tour all the while Sara pointing out things of interest and telling us all about her family. The olive oil tour was very interesting and the samples were very tasty. Sara then drove us to her familys cheese factory. After putting on aprons and protective coverings she took us into the cheese making area where her uncles were all in the process of making cheese. She told us all about how it is done from start to finish while we were actually watching it being done. We had no idea what was involved in this process until this tour. We also got to each make an attempt at making a braided log of mozzarella. After the tour comes the best part...the sampling of the cheeses. You leave the cheese area and go into their house where you are served bread, wine and a plate of the various cheeses. They were delicious, you will never get fresher ricotta or mozzarella, it was made just that morning. After enjoyng the cheese Sara took us to the limoncello factory where we enjoyed learning about the making of Sorrento's famous Limoncello. Sara then took us back to the train station. We can not say enough about this family business. We really enjoyed our day, it was perfect. Sara is such a friendly person. We had such nice conversations about her family and our own family as she was driving us around that by the end of the tour we felt like we were old friends. We loved it and would reccomend it to anybody looking for something unique to do in Italy.
Written November 10, 2013
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Claire B
Stevenage, UK22 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Okay so after walking from Sorrento to here we knew the shop would only be open for one hour. I have emailed in advance but no response when we got there a lady gestured us in when we said please can we have a look round she said no. Threw off her mask and sat with a huff and moaning under her breath on a chair in view out of back so sad she didn’t need to be so angry and for what? Confused and dismayed
Written April 4, 2022
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channatnat
Hong Kong, China38 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
We booked this tour on our own to experience the making of mozzarella cheese. The guide Sara was responsive and friendly. Her explanation was clear but too brief. She just pointed the machine to us from afar and we didn't really know how the process works if they use machine. Sara and another gentleman showed us the handmade process which was fun. However, i felt like other people of the factory didn't really welcome us as we kind of interrupted their work (because this is a family business and the factory is not big). The tour ended up with tasting of 5 types of cheeses.
I won't say this tour is bad, but it didn't live up to our expectation with the price we paid (Euro 32 per person for a 60-min tour). On the flyer, it says we will have "free pick-up" and "make our own cheese". It turned out we just style (or braid to be exact) the cheese that made by the gentleman. We didn't mix anything so how can it be considered as cheese-making? Regarding the pick up, not sure if there was any misunderstanding due to language issue. The so-called free pick-up was to meet and greet at the train station, then we needed to carry our heavy luggages and walked more than 10 minutes on rugged cobblestone road to reach the factory, despite the fact that we had informed Sara in advance. Honestly we did expect a car pick-up like other food tour we joined.
If the price of this tour was around Euro 15-20, then i would still recommend to other travellers. But with what we got and learnt for the price we paid, it's not worth at all. And a gentle reminder, the factory makes mozzarella cheese but not buffalo mozzarella.
Written April 7, 2018
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AlexandraMagnien
Hong Kong, China312 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
We booked this tour via Sara who was very helpful and very prompt to respond to our emails. The factory is a small family-owned one so it is very authentic and mostly hand made which is quite nice. The explanations were very clear and Sara answered all our questions. You start with the visit, the factory tour (whole process and you even get to knead some mozzarella) and then comes the tasting (5 sorts, from mozzarella to smoked mozza through caciocavallo) along with some home wine, bread and water. All of this for 32€/head. I would suggest either lowering the price (20€ more than fair) or offering more cheese after the tasting so that it's more like a lunch or offer each guest a mozzarella (price approx 4€) at the end of the tour to compensate the high price. Also given the very small size of the groups it would be nice and fair if every one could try the kneading during the tour. Otherwise I think it's a great idea and worth seeing!
Written August 16, 2017
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numberoneGonzo
Florence, Italy19 contributions
If it is your only chance to see fior di latte (cow's milk mozzerella) and it's by products made then do it. It's not going to blow you away. It's not as exciting as you may be led to believe. The people who own the factory are lovely people. The daughter who gives the tour is spunky and cute. They just seem to lack the real "foodie" personality you need to make this a real attraction to go to. I've been to a cheese factory in Parma with a really passionate foodie guide who made the experience extraordinary. The Michelangelo Cheese Factory is just ordinary and the cheese itself was just ok. The mozzarella balls had no taste whatsoever. I paid extra for the lunch which was underwhelming. All they did was give us some pasta with tomato and mozzarella in addition to the cheese tasting, which everyone had. They didn't even have parmigiana reggiano to put on the pasta. It seemed like just another avenue for them to make money and they just skimmed by to do whatever would cover as a "tour with a tasting and lunch." I felt I overpaid and and felt like it was a bada boom bada bing badda bang what just happened to me experience.
Written April 14, 2010
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Pam C
Ormond Beach, Florida2,403 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
This charming tour is authentic and informative. Special Note: Because of the difficulty in finding the location make your reservations at least 24 hours in advance and allow their driver to pick you up at your hotel (included in the price). We had a car and a map of the locale and still could't find it as there is absolutely NO signage and the entry is down a narrow alleyway.

That being said, the company makes all their mozzarella and cheeses fresh 7 days a week. The workers arrive at 2 AM and work for 12 hours producing what we would call "boutique" cheeses....small batches, fresh daily, sold locally only. We each had a turn at making some mozzarella balls, braids, and other shapes....definitely a 'Kodak moment'.
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Following the informative tour by Sara (daughter of the owner) we were taken to a small kitchen where various cheeses, made that day, were sampled. Wine was served. This was followed by a lovely pasta dish made by Sara, so be sure not to eat a big meal before you arrive!

Sara can arrange a tour of a limoncello factory/plantation also, but we did not book that part of the tour. The lemon trees grow right next door to the cheese factory. Sara is congenial and knowledgeable about her family's business.
Written June 4, 2012
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Sararusso82
Sorrento, Italy11 contributions
May 2011
We absolutely LOVED it! It was so interesting to learn how the cheese is made and to actually watch the process (plus, it was fun to braid the cheese). We also had the delicious homemade lunch...you didn't need any Parmigiano because the pasta was on Caprese Style. Our visit to the store was one of our favorite parts of our 10 day European trip.
Lovely people, authentic tour, tasty and fresh cheese.
Written May 9, 2011
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Candy Girl
15 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Sara, who is a member of the Michelangelo Cheese family, was our guide that included the cheese-making process, a stop at a small family-owned Limoncello factory, and last, but not least, we made pizza from scratch at an excellent pizza cafe. Of the many tours we did while traveling, this tour immersed us in to the every-day life of the people of Southern Italy. A must-do if you want to feel like you are part of the Italian culture. An Added Bonus: Sara is a delight as a guide!
Written June 5, 2019
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