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Burrata

April 25, 2002

* Imagine a mozzarella enriched with cream, locally made and so fresh it falls apart when you cut it.

Ammo: The bruschetta plate here features burrata along with prosciutto, arugula and teardrop tomatoes. A wonderful, messy sandwich (weekend brunch only) is tomatoes, arugula, basil sauce and burrata on grilled olive bread. (Bruschetta plate, $11; tomato, burrata and basil spread sandwich, $10.) Ammo, 1155 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, (323) 871-2666.

Campanile: Burrata almost always shows up on the Thursday night grilled cheese sandwich menu; e.g., burrata, tapenade and prosciutto on grilled country white bread with arugula and fries. And one recent lunch menu featured scrambled egg, spinach and burrata on grilled country white with a green salad. (Sandwiches, $15.) Campanile, 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., (323) 938-1447.

Tuscany Il Ristorante: At lunch there's a salad of field greens, heirloom tomatoes, grilled onions and burrata in balsamic vinaigrette. (Heirloom tomato salad, $10.) Tuscany Il Ristorante, Westlake Plaza Center, 968 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village, (805) 495-2768.

Lucques: At lunch, grilled chicory comes with prosciutto and meaty pieces of burrata, finished with aged balsamic vinegar. At dinner, burrata pairs with prosciutto again, with fava bean puree, grilled Maui onions and shaved pecorino. (Grilled chicory, $7; prosciutto and burrata with fava bean puree, $14.) Lucques, 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 655-6277.

Alto Palato: What a way to begin a meal--burrata and roasted peppers lightly dressed with basil-infused olive oil. Make sure to wipe up all the leftover juices with crusty bread. (Roasted peppers with burrata, $8.95.) Alto Palato, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 657-9271.

Antonello: Chef Franco Barone wraps burrata and pesto with salmon, molds it into a tiny cake and serves it on yellow tomato salad. And his arancini (fried balls of rice mixed with tomato, onions and Parmesan) are stuffed with burrata, served with garlicky tomato sauce. ((Salmon wrapped around burrata, $12.95; arancini with burrata, $10.95.) Antonello, South Coast Plaza Village, 3800 Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, (714) 751-7153. Jessica Strand

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