ITALIAN STYLE

Taleggio

An Italian cheese named after the caves of Val Taleggio.  The cheese has a strong smell, but its taste is relatively mild with an unusual fruity tang. 

Food Pairing:  nuts, salads, grilled cheese, mac n’ cheese, pasta, mushrooms

Wine/Beer Pairing: Chardonnay, White or Red Burgundy, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, German lager, American brown or porter, malty Belgian style

Pecorino Toscano

A sheep’s milk cheese made in Tuscany, Italy.  This cheese is mild and smooth with a buttery taste.  There are hints of almonds, lanolin and grass with a clean, balanced finish.

Food Pairing:  great on pizza (especially for those lactose intolerant, with dried fruit, honey or fig jam

Wine/Beer Pairing:  Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Rose

Provolone

An aged provolone cheese made in Italy.  This cheese is aged for a minimum of 6 months and is regarded as one of the best tasting provolones in the world.  It is a very smooth cheese offering a bold, nutty flavor.

Food Pairing:  sandwiches, fruits and vegetables, pizza or grilled meat

Wine/Beer Pairing: Chianti, Shiraz, pale ale


Piave Vecchio 

A cow’s milk cheese, aged for 12 months, produced in northern Italy.  The flavor is intensely sweet with a tropical fruity flavor underlined by an almond bitterness.

Food Pairing: salads, pasta, pizza, over vegetables, olives, prosciutto

Wine/Beer Pairing: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Rioja, amber ale


Parmigiano Reggiano (raw)

A classic cheese made from grass fed cow milk, produced in Italy.  This cheese is aged for a minimum of twelve months.  It has a hard, gritty texture with a fruity, nutty taste.

Food Pairing: pasta, risotto, asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, salads, pizza

Wine/Beer Pairing:  Pinot Grigio, crisp white wines, sparkling wines, Chianti, medium body reds, pilsner, amber ale

Fresh Mozzarella 

A cow’s milk fresh cheese made in Connecticut.  This cheese is a delicate, clean-flavored fresh mozzarella with a soft, porcelain white appearance.

Food Pairing: tomatoes, roasted peppers, herbs, cured meats, melon, grapes, salads, pasta, pizza

Wine/Beer Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, Belgian wheat beer