Italian food is celebrated worldwide for its rich flavors and exceptional ingredients, and at the heart of many Italian dishes are the country’s beloved cheeses. In honor of National Italian Cheese Month this September, one of your favorite Amherst restaurants, Pastamore, is dedicating this blog to some of our favorite Italian cheeses and what makes them so special!
“The King of Cheese” – Parmigiano-Reggiano, often known as Parmesan cheese, holds a special place in Italian cuisine. This hard, aged cheese originates from the Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy regions and boasts a history dating back over eight centuries.
Crafted from cow’s milk, Parmigiano-Reggiano undergoes a meticulous aging process, resulting in its distinctive nutty and salty flavor. What makes it truly great is its versatility. It can be enjoyed at home, grated over pasta, sprinkled on salads, or savored on its own with wine.
Pecorino Romano, hailing from the pastoral regions of Lazio and Sardinia, is a testament to Italy’s ancient cheese-making traditions. Made from sheep’s milk, this hard and salty cheese has a history that traces back to ancient Rome.
Its bold flavor adds depth to pasta dishes and salads. What sets it apart is its connection to history, as it was once a staple in the diet of Roman soldiers and has remained cherished ever since.
Mozzarella, with its creamy, milky flavor and soft texture, is a cheese that defines Italian classics. While mozzarella can be made from cow’s milk, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana is crafted from buffalo milk in the Campania region. Whether melted over pizza, layered in lasagna, or gracing a Caprese salad, it has become an international favorite!
Visit One of Your Favorite Amherst Restaurants, PastAmore!
Whether you’re craving a hearty dish of pasta or are looking for authentic Italian cuisine, we have a little bit of everything at Pastamore to satisfy your tastebuds. To discover all of our food options, check out our online menu or stop in today! In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you!