Catupiry is one of the most popular "requeijão
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" (creamy cheese) brands in Brazil
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. It was developed by the Italian
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immigrant Mario Silvestrini in the state of Minas Gerais
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in 1911. The name derives from the native Tupi word meaning "excellent".
Catupiry is a soft, mild-tasting cheese that can be spread over toast and crackers or used in cooking. Because of its low level of acidity, Catupiry has become an ingredient in various dishes.
The expression "com Catupiry" (with Catupiry) refers to foods where catupiry is an ingredient, or a filling, such as pizza, coxinha
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s or Pão de queijo
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. It is also eaten as a dessert combined with guava
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In the United States, catupiry can be found in Brazilian stores and restaurants in the states of New Jersey
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, New York
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