Great to enjoy in a meal or alone as an appetizer, there is a wide variety of delicious cheeses to be discovered in Italian cuisine. Like many other foods in Italian cooking, these cheeses have a great range of tastes and can be served in a number of distinct ways: they can be sliced, shredded, and even converted into crumbs. Whichever way you enjoy your cheese, there’s no denying the great tastes that are brought to the table by Italian cheeses. In today’s blog, we’ll be taking a look at the most popular and essential cheeses of Italian cuisine. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more information, or if you’re looking for an elegant meal in Boston’s historic North End, visit us at Strega by Nick Varano!
Chances are, if you’re having a pasta dish with cheese sprinkled on top of it, it’s Parmigiano-Reggiano. Perhaps the most essential and widely loved Italian cheese, the taste of Parmigiano suits virtually any dish that you can think of, such as pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches, risotto, and many many more. While parmigiano has a relatively sharp taste, that is not to say that it’s an acquired taste, in fact, people of all backgrounds will likely love it. The next time you are offered fresh Parmigiano to go with your meal, especially at a restaurant, why not say yes?
If you’re looking for something with a stronger flavor than Parmigiano, gorgonzola cheese may be just what you’re looking for. Used more sparingly than other cheeses, gorgonzola is a blue cheese that adds instant tanginess – and taste – to anything it is added to. This can include anything from pizzas and pasta dishes to salads and various appetizers. Consider using this eccentric cheese the next time you are preparing Italian-inspired food!
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