Award-winning chef. Successful restaurateur. Iron Chef judge. Social media star. Donatella Arpaia has done it all. Still her favorite thing to do is working in the kitchen, creating inspiring dishes using the freshest, most authentic ingredients—including Galbani® cheese. Explore her latest menu ideas and learn tricks of the trade from this inspirational entrepreneur.

Galbani® Tomato Tartare


2 Medium-large heirloom tomatoes, ripe but firm
2 Medium garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. Sea salt
1 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. Dried oregano
4 slices Galbani Thin Sliced Fresh Mozzarella
Dash Chili oil
  Extra virgin olive oil
  Micro basil for garnish


  1. Cut tomatoes in half. Remove and discard seeds, juice, and ribs if mealy. Cut in ¼-inch dice and add to bowl.

  2. Combine diced tomatoes, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and oregano gently. Allow the tomato tartare to marinate for a minimum of 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

  3. Using a metal ring, arrange ½ of the chilled tomato tartare in a stacked circle in the center of a serving plate.

  4. Layer 2 overlapping slices of the Fresh Mozzarella, followed by another layer of tartare, and finish with 2 more slices of Fresh Mozzarella. Remove the ring as carefully as possible to keep the layers of the stack intact.

  5. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, a little chili oil, and finish with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  6. Garnish with micro basil.

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