Aged Provolone

Provolone cheese is distinguishable by its fuller flavors, achieved through the use of more cheese cultures. Early cheesemakers originally used ropes to hang and cure Provolone cheese, then reused the ropes to transport the cheese by horseback. Provolone cheese is crafted from fresh local milk, brined, and hung to age in special curing rooms to develop its signature flavor and tantalizing aroma.

This particular Aged Provolone, or ‘Piccante,’ has been matured for at least 4 months, with a slightly darker and firmer texture than a mild Provolone cheese. Some consider this cheese to have a ‘spicy’ flavor, being a full-bodied, full flavored, and robust cheese.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $19.99/lb

Fontina Fontal

Mild creamy fontal with nice resiliency. Pasteurized cow milk. Nice melting qualities. A thin inedible rind coats and smooth, semi soft white paste. Taste is creamy, fuller than Danish Fontina, fruity.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $13.99/lb

Gorgonzola Dolce

Known as “The Sweet One.” In Italy this is sometimes known as Cremifacato or Dolcelatte. It is made from cows milk and is mild, creamy and sweet. This is the younger version of aged Gorgonzola and is most loved for its soft, spreadable texture.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $15.99/lb

Gorgonzola Natural

Marbled and marked by greenish-blue veins, il Giardino Gorgonzola cheese is also distinguished by its rich, creamy texture. Its legendary flavor halls all the way back to A.D. 879, when it was first made in the Po Valley near Milan, Italy. Today, cheese lovers stir this soft, earthy blue cheese into risotto and mashed potatoes, or create the perfect pairing with pears, apples, walnuts, cashews and apricots.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $17.99/lb

Locatelli Romano

Dating back to ancient Roman times, Pecorino Romano is one of the world’s oldest recorded cheeses. Pecorino is an Italian word meaning from sheep’s milk, and Romano indicates that this cheese is of Roman descent. All Pecorino Romano is made in either Lazio, Tuscany, or Sardinia during the months between November and June. These three regions have very similar pastures and breeds of sheep, ensuring consistent flavor and quality. Pecorino Romano is a name protected (DOC) cheese; its production overseen by the Consorzio per la Tulela del Formaggio Pecorino Romano. There are numerous Pecorinos made throughout Italy, but only one Pecorino Romano. Perhaps the most famous brand for Pecorino Romano in the U.S. is Locatelli. Aged for a minimum of nine months, this cheese is hard and dense; strong and sharp in flavor. It is pale yellow in color, with a black paper rind bearing the name Locatelli. Grate this cheese and serve it over pasta, soups, and salads. As a dessert, serve it chunked, drizzled with honey and paired with ripe pears.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $19.99/lb

Parmigiano Reggiano

Parmigiano-Reggiano is a hard, fat granular cheese, cooked but not pressed. Aged 24+ months, this is a meaty, nutty Reggiano from Mantova. Made with raw cow milk.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $20.99/lb

Pecorino Toscano

Pecorino Toscano is a firm-textured ewe’s milk cheese produced in Tuscany.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $15.99/lb

Piave

A cow’s milk cheese that is made in the Piave River valley region of Belluno, made from the milk of two milkings. The evening milking is semi-skimmed in a natural skimming process to remove the cream before the milk is mixed with the milk from the morning milking. Produced as a wheel, Piave cheese has a dense texture without holes that is straw-yellow in color and slightly sweet with a delicate tasting flavor. A fully matured cheese after being aged for 10 months. Once fully aged, it becomes hard and well suited as a grating cheese. The aged cheese is referred to as Piave Vecchio or Stravecchio.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $19.99/lb

Provolone

Provolone cheese is distinguishable by its fuller flavors, achieved through the use of more cheese cultures. Early cheesemakers originally used ropes to hang and cure Provolone cheese, then reused the ropes to transport the cheese by horseback. Provolone cheese is crafted from fresh local milk, brined, and hung to age in special curing rooms to develop its signature flavor and tantalizing aroma.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $17.99/lb

Ricotta Salata

Made from the whey of 100% sheep milk. Slightly citric and acidic this snowy white cheese is generally shredded or grated to use in cooking. The paste is moist and dense but breaks or cuts easily.

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $11.99/lb