Parmigiano Reggiano, is a delicious, aged cheese made in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. This cheese pairs well with many different foods, including salads, pasta dishes, meats, and seafood. Parmesan cheese is also great with a variety of wines, including Chianti, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In this guide we’re going to focus on what kind of pairing is good when eating the cheese as it is, as an own dish or just on the cheese plate.
Parmiamo Reggiano vs Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan cheese is a type of hard cheese that originated in the Italian region of Parma. It is made from cow’s milk and is typically aged for 12 months or more. Parmesan is a popular cheese all over the world and can be eaten in various ways, including as an appetizer with bread or crackers, on top of pasta dishes, salads, and meats, or mixed into sauces.
Parmigiano Reggiano is a similar cheese that is made in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It is also made from cow’s milk but is typically aged for 24 months or more. Parmigiano Reggiano is a bit harder and saltier than Parmesan cheese, making it a great choice to use in many different recipes. Parmigiano Reggiano is also wonderful to eat as is.
Pair Parmiamo Reggiano or Parmesan cheese like this
Parmigiano Reggiano is a wonderful cheese for eating as is, not having too many crazy accessories. But you can lift the taste of it a little by pairing it with a little bit of Balsamico or Honey.
Don’t cut the cheese nicely, just carve it with a knife so that a lot of uneven chunks come off. Spread these out and sprinkle a little bit of Balsamico or Honey over. Especially well-aged, mature Parmigiano Reggiano goes well with a few drops of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar (Modena or Reggio Emilia).
Parmigiano Reggiano of different ages
Young Parmigiano Reggiano (with a maturation between 12 and 18 months) pairs perfectly well with apples, pears, grapes, and strawberries.
A little bit more mature Parmigiano Reggiano (with a maturation between 24 and 30 months) goes well with apricots, figs, raisins, and plums
Even more mature ones pair with nuts like walnuts and hazelnuts.
Wine pairing for Parmigiano Reggiano
Young Parmigiano Reggiano goes well with sparkling or medium-bodied still white wines. It pairs perfectly with low-alcohol cocktails too.
For red wines, together with a more mature cheese, the classic is a Amarone della Valpolicella. Just any fruity red wine with high acidity and low tannins goes well with this cheese. A Chianti is also a perfect match.