Important Serving Notes

Serve more than one Parmigiano Reggiano cheese at a time!

With this wonderful new range of cheeses, one of the things I’m most excited about is the opportunity to serve three or four different Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses next to each other. Since each has its own flavor, mixing producers, seasons, etc. will make for a super interesting cheese board.

Serve at room temperature!

Right out of the refrigerator the cheese will still be too cold to get its full flavor. Be sure to always serve your Parmigiano Reggiano at room temperature.

Grate to order!

When you’re using grated Parmigiano, be sure to grate it as close to the time you use it as possible. Pre-grating means the delicate cheese is exposed to air for far too long. Flavors and aromas get lost. In the same way you grind your coffee right before you brew, keep your cheese grinder close by and use it regularly. The aromas and the flavors of the cheese will then always be at their best!

Break, don’t cut!

A Parmigiano Reggiano knife

Perhaps most important of all—the best way by far to enjoy Parmigiano Reggiano is always to break it into small rough-texture pieces. The eating experience is significantly more interesting because you get more cheese exposed to your tongue. The uneven surface allows you to experience the cheese’s full complexity. By contrast, our “normal” American routine of slicing cheese with a knife leaves a surface that looks smooth but makes for suboptimal eating! Instead you’ll want to use the small, almond-shaped knives made especially for this purpose.