Benito La Vecchia senior, the pioneer of buffalo mozzarella from Alto Casertano: a story of passion and dedication

Benito La Vecchia Senior began his activity as a cheese-maker back in 1969 at the S. Stefano Dairy in Vitulazio (CE), but not because he had decided that this would  be the job for life, but because sometimes life takes twists and turns and leads us on a different path from that imagined: Benito, about to leave for Switzerland, meets a person who tells him about an interesting job opportunity in a dairy not far from home. Benito is willing to learn the trade and in a short time becomes the favourite apprentice of the dairyman who teaches him everything there is to know about the production of buffalo mozzarella.

Shortly after, Benito brings his young son Mimmo to work with him at the dairy and so, over the years, they begin to buy a few shares from the dairy where they work.

In 1984 they move the company to Alvignano near the family home.

Their location was favourable being the first dairy farm in Alto Casertano to produce buffalo mozzarella when the few dairies in the area almost only worked cow’s milk.

Mimmo holds the reins of the company in his hands and he has created a solid and wealthy company that produces PDO buffalo mozzarella and dairy products that are appreciated all over the world.