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Guide to Italian Cheese Types in East Village, New York, NY; Parmigiano-Reggiano, Mozzarella, Provolone, Gorgonzola, Ricotta & More

Many people are familiar with parmesan and mozzarella cheese, but Italian cheeses go much deeper than that. Italy is known for having some of the world’s most amazing cheeses! They are paired with many dishes to add depth and richness which brings out some of the best flavors in the world. Tableside Italian Cook Shoppe is here with an Italian cheese guide to explain some of our favorite Italian cheeses.


Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

This cheese is commonly referred to as Parmesan cheese in English, and is better the older it is. It is usually aged for 2-3 years and has a nutty flavor. This cheese is hard and made from raw cow’s milk. Parmigiano-reggiano must be produced in Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, or southern Mantova to be given this name. Be sure to try our Drunken Golden Bird parmigiano reggiano crusted Bell & Evans chicken breast in a lemon and white wine sauce served over spinach. Parmigiano reggiano is just one of the cheeses in our Italian Cheeseboard for Sharing parmigiano reggiano, sharp provolone, pecorino toscano and creamy gorgonzola.

Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese

Buffalo mozzarella is one of the most popular mozzarella cheeses that comes from water buffalo. Mozzarella is a spun cheese and is very tender and moist. Mozzarella cheese is one of the most popular Italian cheeses. We feature mozzarella in our Cheesy Veal Dish thinly pounded veal chop breaded and pan fried, topped with melted mozzarella, and tomato sauce as well as smoked mozzarella in our Lady of the Night fresh fusilli pasta with plum tomato sauce, Italian black Gaeta & green Castelvetrano olives and capers topped with smoked mozzarella.

Sharp Provolone Cheese

Sharp provolone cheese is a semi hard cheese and is made from full fat cow milk. To get a sharp provolone, it needs to be aged for about a year. The longer provolone cheese ages, the sharper the taste. You can find this cheese in different shapes such as gourds, balloons, logs as well as in our Italian Cheeseboard for Sharingparmigiano reggiano, sharp provolone, pecorino toscano and creamy gorgonzola.

Pecorino Toscano Cheese

Pecorino toscano cheese comes from the word ‘pecora’ or sheep in Italian. This salty, hard cheese has a strong taste and is produced in Sicily and Tuscany. This cheese can be paired with fruit or fresh jam at the end of a meal for a savory treat or it can be included in a dish such as our Italian Cheeseboard for Sharing parmigiano reggiano, sharp provolone, pecorino toscano and creamy gorgonzola and Italian Mothers Love traditional meat lasagna, béchamel sauce and parmigiano reggiano.

Asiago Cheese

If you are eating young asiago cheese it is soft, but this cheese hardens as it ages. You will find that the flavor also intensifies as it ages as well. This cheese pairs well with certain meats and breads and is a popular snack.

Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese

Gorgonzola cheese is easily recognized by the blueish veins and creamy texture. This cheese made from cow’s milk has a strong flavor and gets the blueish veins naturally from the penicillium that is found in damp conditions. Sometimes injections of instigator mold to quicken the process. It rounds out our Italian Cheeseboard for Sharing parmigiano reggiano, sharp provolone, pecorino toscano and creamy gorgonzola perfectly.

Fontina Cheese

Fontina cheese is a nutty cheese that is firm and supple. It has a strong nutty flavor and are found in 20 pound wheels. This cheese is commonly used in fondue dishes which is usually melted cheese and bread.

Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta cheese is made from a variety of different animal milks such as sheep, cow, buffalo and goat. It is a mild cheese with a soft, grainy texture. Even those with a milk allergy can often enjoy this cheese. It is used in many savory dishes as well as desserts. Ricotta cheese is featured in many of our dishes such as Grandma’s Beef Specialty traditional Italian meatballs in fresh tomato sauce topped with ricotta and Truffled Moneybags small bag shaped fresh pasta filled with ricotta cheese in a creamy white truffle sauce.

Authentic Italian Food Prepared & Served Fresh in the East Village, New York, NY

At Tableside Italian Cook Shoppe, we offer an Italian cheese board that will have Italian cheese lovers coming back for more. We take pride in the way Italian cheeses can compliment nearly any dish and bring out flavors that leave our customers satisfied. Come try our Italian cheese board and other cheesy dishes today!