Moo-Na Lisa Cheese Bread is made exclusively for Sigona’s using a cheese that’s also made exclusively for Sigona’s. You really can’t get much more one-of-a-kind than that!
Mac McConnell, master baker at The Midwife & The Baker in Mountain View, and his baking team use savory herbs, freshly milled flour and our Moo-Na Lisa Cheese to make and bake us loaves of this incredible bread.
Moo-Na Lisa cheese is a Gouda-Gruyere style cheese that is made exclusively for Sigona’s by award-winning master cheesemaker Reggie Jones of Central Coast Creamery. Jones and John Nava, our specialty foods & cheese curator, worked out details for Jones to make a cheese that combined elements from two of our customer-favorite cheeses: Gouda and Gruyere.
Jones came through and then some with Moo-Na Lisa. It has won many awards over the years at national cheese contests, and the Moo-Na Lisa reserve, which is aged 11 months, has been named one of the best cheeses in the world! Sigona’s is he only place you can find it.
Spanakopita Grilled Cheese on Moo-Na Lisa Cheese Bread
Get your palate ready for a double-whammy of deliciousness. Our Moo-Na Lisa Cheese & Herb Bread is made exclusively for Sigona’s by The Midwife & The Baker in Mountain View, Calif., using a cheese that’s also made exclusively for Sigona’s by Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles. The bread is swirled with Moo-Na Lisa cheese and savory herbs, making it one of our most popular items to date.
DIY Croutons using Moo-Na Lisa Cheese & Herb Bread
If you have left over fresh bread laying around that’s getting a little too hard to enjoy by the slice, cut it into cubes and make it into croutons! Our cheese bread, made locally and delivered straight to our stores, is perfect for fantastically flavored croutons. They’re great on salads or in soups. You can even use them for your holiday dressing or stuffing!
Carmelo Sigona emigrated in 1912 from Sicily, bringing with him the tradition of making his own wine. His grandson and namesake, Carmelo Sigona, co-owner of Sigona's Farmers Market, has fond memories of his grandfather making wine and serving it at family meals on Sundays. After years of wanting to make his own wine just like Grandpa Sigona, present-day Carmelo has finally made his dreams come true. Tune in for more.
Nothing is more rewarding to Rob Sigona, our passionate produce buyer, than taking a road trip to visit one of Sigona's favorite farmers.
About a five hour drive from the Bay Area, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is the town of Springville. There you will find a place seemingly untouched by time; a place called home to orange grower Ron Matik of Pleasant Oaks Ranch.
Since 1984 Ron has grown some of the best heirloom navel oranges in the state, if not the world: the heirloom Washington Navel.
"I have yet to taste an orange that is better than ours,” says Matik. “Maybe some with the same sweetness, but never better.”
And Sigona's agrees!
Heirloom Washington Navels are the variety that got the whole California citrus market booming all those years ago. It takes special attention from the farmer to tend to the soil and the variety to produce such outstanding fruit.
"Small farmers, such as Ron, are a dwindling breed,” says Rob Sigona. “They’re passionate caretakers of the the land that produce exceptional quality; they are the rare gems."
It is an achievement to find such great tasting oranges to bring in for our customers. We are excited to announce we’ll get a load of specially picked and packed heirloom Washington Navels in our store this week, delivered directly from Pleasant Oaks Ranch.
So, come on by Sigona's to enjoy a slice of California’s prized history…for FREE! You can get a bag of free Pleasant Oaks Ranch oranges starting today through March 5th with your coupon when you spend $30 or more in the store.
A Tale of Two Carmelos and their love of Zinfandel