Galbani asked DGI to explore new opportunities for the Santa Lucia brand of mozzarella. The focus was on changing the format of mozzarella so it could be eaten like a pasta dish. The challenge was to keep the product within the bounds of what is considered mozzarella. The design needed to be a product that was white, round, soft and preserved in whey. The product needed to remain authentic. People typically like to eat mozzarella as it is or dress it.
However, there are no available mozzarella products on the market that can retain a dressing. This led to investigating traditional pasta formats. After much experimentation, orecchiette pasta was found to be the closest shape to the round, edgeless appeal of mozzarella. Copying the shape of orecchiette was possible without altering the cheese making process. The technique only required small changes to the standard production line. The result was a product that enhanced the experience of eating mozzarella.