Obviously, mozzarella is a key ingredient in just about any type of pizza — from your 99-cent New York slice to the more artisanal wood-oven variety found in trendy cities across the country. Paired with sliced tomatoes, basil, olive oil and salt, it’s also a crucial part of the classic caprese salad.
You can find both dishes in basically every corner of the U.S., though your best bet is to head to an authentic restaurant in one of the country’s history-rich Italian-American neighborhoods (Boston, Baltimore, San Diego, San Francisco and Cleveland have particularly thriving “Little Italy” communities).
You’ll also find restaurants thinking outside the box with mozzarella. The recently opened Mozzarella Store, Pizza and Cafe in Chicago, for example, serves the cheese not just in pizza, but in a caprese panini, pictured here, and (yes) gelato.
This restaurant is also one of many across the country to spotlight burrata, a type of mozzarella made with cream, on its menu.