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New York Post
8 Apr 2023


NextImg:This cheesy Easter offering is back on the menu at NYC salumeria

This cheesy cottontail is hopping again!

After a three-year hiatus, Novelli’s Pork store on Staten Island is serving up their ear-resistible mozzarella bunnies.

The unique Easter delights — which are decorated with green and black olives for eyes and a roasted red pepper schnoz — were a staple at the Oakwood salumeria for over two decades before COVID.

But the chewy hares went on hiatus in 2020 as Novelli’s pivoted to prepared dinners and groceries during quarantine.

“They are cute. It’s a novelty for the table and it’s become a tradition,” a proud John Spadaro told The Post after finishing a fresh batch on Thursday.

Spadaro and business partner Joe Rivelli designed 250 mozzarella bunnies for this Easter, creating the two-pound critters from freshly pulled cheese curd.

Karen and John Spadaro pose with their Easter mozzarella bunny creation.
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Spadaro with tray of two pound mozzarella bunnies

Spadaro’s craftsmanship has become an Easter tradition.
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Mozzarella bunnies soaking in cold salt water

The “bunnies” are soaked in cold and salt water.
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Mozzarella bunny is ready to eat.

Customers call weeks in advance to order their mozzarella bunny.
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The early stages of the mozzarella bunny.

Spadaro and business partner Joe Rivelli sculpted 250 mozzarella bunnies for this Easter, creating the the creamy creatures from freshly pulled cheese curd.
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The mozzarella is placed into an Easter bunny mold.

The mozzarella is placed into an Easter bunny mold.
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“It doesn’t take long. We do six at a time,” explained Spadaro, who said his wife, Karen, does the decorating after the mozz has been stretched and soaked in cold, salted water and molded and chilled for a couple of hours.

The special 2-pound Easter rabbit is placed in a tray and surrounded by olives, peppers and pepperoni, and comes with an $18 price tag.

The bunnies are a popular Easter dish.

Each 2-pound bunny costs $18, Spadaro said.
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Karen Spadaro with a tray of mozzarella bunnies

Karen Spadaro is in charge of decorating the mozzarella bunnies.
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The mozzarella maker expects Novelli’s will be hopping due to the Easter bunny blitz, which was first reported by silive.com.

“The customers always say the kids love them,” Spadaro noted, adding, “People call weeks ahead saying ‘I gotta have it for my table.'”