Quick Guide to Italian Cheeses

Use this guide for cheese ideas that can be served as ‘antipasto’ or as a course before dessert and please the crowds during the holiday season!

Gorgonzola: is a blue cheese that can be buttery or firm, crumbly and salty with a bit of a bite. You can pair it with hearty breads, figs and pine nuts.

Mozzarella: is a generic term for cheeses made using spinning and then cutting and is a very mild cheese. You can pair it with cured olives, pesto and sliced tomatoes and basil.

Pecorino Romano: is a hard cheese with a sharp, salty flavor. It is preferred for pasta dishes with flavorful sauces. You can pair it with fava beans, radishes and arugula.

Mascarpone: is a triple cream, milky white cheese. You can pair it with pears and hazelnuts.

Parmigiano Reggiano: is a common term for cheeses with a sharp taste and slightly gritty texture. You can pair it with pesto, honey and walnuts.

Ricotta: fresh, slightly sweet cheese. You can pair it with almonds, spinach and croutons.

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