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Definition of mozzarella

: a moist white unsalted unripened cheese of mild flavor and a smooth rubbery texture

Examples of mozzarella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the afternoon of October 16, 2017, Daphne prepared a plate of tomatoes and mozzarella for Matthew, her eldest son. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Murder in Malta," 14 Dec. 2020 Classic brought a sweet, tangy, spicy and savory blend of Italian sausage, meatballs, red peppers, onions and mushrooms bubbling in a web of mozzarella on a bed of spaghetti-grade red sauce. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Ray’s Pizzaria restaurant makes a giant pie that’s one of San Antonio’s best pizza values," 4 Dec. 2020 All the pizzas have three cheeses, including the shredded and fresh mozzarella, an amount that Lee said sometimes surprises people. Tara Duggan,, "Mapo tofu on pizza? How a new S.F. restaurant makes Detroit-style pies with the classic Sichuan dish," 14 Dec. 2020 Transfer to the prepared pan, top with the mozzarella and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Spaghetti Pie," 2 Dec. 2020 Go to Fiore’s in Hoboken, New Jersey, and get the roast beef mozzarella with the hot peppers. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins assistant Anthony Campanile shares his passion for football, family and Sunday dinners," 27 Nov. 2020 Again, toppings are simplicity itself (ribbons of prosciutto, blackened onions with pops of oregano), and Del Prado goes all in — and then some — on the mozzarella, ricotta and provolone. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Pizza takeover! 12 new (or newish) pies and slices to try in the Twin Cities," 13 Nov. 2020 The creamy white sauce blended into the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, while the herbal and nutty notes of the pesto added intense flavor to the tender chunks of white meat chicken. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Goomba’s Pizzeria restaurant in San Antonio still delivers classic New York-style pizza," 7 Aug. 2020 Add one tomato and one piece of fresh mozzarella to each skewer. Beth Segal, cleveland, "For three generations, Miceli has meant formaggio and family," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mozzarella

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mozzarella

Italian, diminutive of mozza, a kind of cheese, from mozzare to cut off, from mozzo cut off, docked, from Vulgar Latin *mutius, alteration of Latin mutilus

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The first known use of mozzarella was in 1911

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“Mozzarella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mozzarella

: a soft Italian cheese that has a mild flavor

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