About Us

We make italian style cheeses in the artisanal food region of West Cork 

At Toons Bridge Dairy we work with raw cow and sheep milk to make over 12 varieties of cheese. We specialise in Southern Mediterranean cheese styles, particularly pasta filata or stretched curd cheeses. We made Mozzarella, Ricotta, Burrata, Cacio Cavallo, Halloumi, Smoked Scamorza and Cultured Butter. 

We are also The Real Olive Company and have been trading in markets selling Mediterranean foods since 1993. Owners Toby Simmonds and Jenny-Rose Clarke initially imported Mozzarella from Italy to sell at the market stalls, which is where they got the idea to start making their own fresh local Mozzarella. The market stalls have always offered the perfect place to get direct feedback from the customers and to distribute our cheeses. For a full list of markets that we attend, please click here. 

Our head cheese maker, Franco Picciuolo, hails from the heartland of mozzarella production, and has been making pasta filata cheese since he was eleven. His innovation and experimentation are key to the range of cheeses made by Toons Bridge Dairy.

We set up Toons Bridge Dairy in 2009 when we asked our neighbour to import a herd of Buffalo from Italy to milk on his farm. We have since diversified into working solely with local raw cow and sheep milk. Fresh milk is supplied to the dairy from several local cow herds and Vincenzo La Manna's local flock of sheep. We are always working on new projects and recipes, and you can always see what we're getting up to at our market stalls.