Sogna Ocello with a selection of cheeses in the Surry Hills store. Credit: Xiaohan Shen via Broadsheet

Sogna Ocello with a selection of cheeses in the Surry Hills store. Credit: Xiaohan Shen via Broadsheet

From humble market beginnings with hand-ladled goats cheese, to a Surry Hills store packed to the brim with local and exotic cheeses, Formaggi Ocello has come a long way. 

"We met a goat cheese farmer in our Restaurant 17 years ago who introduced us to the world of cheese by letting us taking over his stall at the Entertainment Quarter," says founder Sogna Ocello. Now, herself and her partner Carmelo stock over 250 cheeses, boasting the largest artisan cheese selection in Australia. 

They are determined to sell only the highest quality products, and each year Sogna and her team travel extensively throughout Europe to discover new cheeses for the Australian market. Their specialty is rare cheeses made in certain seasons at altitudes where animals roam freely and milk quality is at its best. "We source and import cheeses that are made traditionally on a small scale" says Sogna. Many of their suppliers use cheese recipes and techniques that have been passed down within one family for generations. 

Whether you're after a divine wine and cheese night, or a wedding cake made entirely from cheese (yes, Ocello make "cheese wheel" cakes), Formaggi Ocello is a must see in Surry Hills. 

Join us on tour to meet Sogna and see cheese at it's finest. And make sure you try Sogna's personal favourites, "All the Swiss melting cheeses and the Aged Swiss Gruyere!" 

For a range of cheese selections, condiments and platters, visit the Ocello online store.

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