How to Pair Italian Cheese Like a Pro

Jan 17, 2022 199

A milky slice of fresh mozzarella or a dense chunk of provolone piccante delivers memorable flavor experiences in their own right—but add a juicy ripe tomato to the first and some silky speck to the second, and together the duos yield new tastes and textures to explore.

Cheese has famously been described as milk’s leap toward immortality, and while it is certainly divine unadorned, a good pairing (abbinamento in Italian) brings out something different, a third flavor experience. Although there’s no right and wrong when it comes to cheesy combinations, there are a few pairing principles that can help you discover your ideal foils for formaggi. And don’t be afraid to get creative—ultimately, your palate is your guide, and if you like what you taste, you’ve discovered a pairing that’s perfetto for you.

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