Cheese & Antipasti Menu

Currently in our Cheese Case

We sell a variety of imported European and artisan domestic cheeses on a rotating basis. The following cheeses are available for purchase this week, Jan 22-26.

Please note that, while we update this list at the beginning of each week, it is possible that our supply of any given cheese may sell out during the week. We apologize in advance if your selection is unavailable.

Soft Cheeses

Pecorino Tartufello. Tuscany, Italy. A young, earthy sheep’s milk peppered with slivers of black truffle. The springy, salty sheep’s cheese perfectly compliments the earthy truffles in this Tuscan gem, resulting in a table cheese that is deliciously exotic yet familiar.

CHEVOO. Sonoma, California. Young goat cheese marinated in an infused blend of extra virgin olive oil. Currently available in Italian Truffle, Tupelo Honey & Lime, Fennel Pollen & Orange, Sea Salt & Rosemary, and Dill Pollen & Garlic.

Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam. Pt. Reyes, California. A triple-cream, camembert-style cow’s milk cheese. Creamy, lactic deliciousness. Organic and vegetarian. Available by the whole piece only (approximately 1/2-pound per piece).

Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog. Arcata, California. An elegant, complex, three week old goat cheese. Chalky in the center and creamy at the edge of its bloomy rind, it is tangy, with classic goat cheese flavors mixing with citrus and herbal notes. It gets runnier and more tangy as it ages. Pair it with a crisp, citrusy white wine like a Vermentino. 

Semi-Soft Cheeses

Beehive Cheese Barely Buzzed. Uintah, Utah. A four-month old vegetarian cow’s milk cheese. Made in the cheddar style and hand rubbed with finely ground espresso beans, lavender and vegetable oil. It has a rich, almost beefy taste.

Bellwether Carmody. Petaluma, California. A six week old Jersey cow’s milk cheese. Firm, golden in color, buttery and slightly tangy. Sweetens as it ages. A great snacking cheese that pairs well with a crisp white wine. Also good cubed into a pasta salad.  Vegetarian

Central Coast Creamery Goat Gouda. Paso Robles, California. A six month old, tangy, slightly nutty, and slightly sweet goat’s milk cheese. Firm.

Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel. Pt. Reyes, California. A 75-day old cow’s milk cheese. Mild sweet and very meltable. Perfect for grilled cheese or eating out of hand. Organic.

Weinkase Lagrein. Alto Adige, Italy. A delicious, captivating, Toma-style cow’s milk cheese. Bathed in the local Lagrein wine and a mix of garlic, pepper and spices, it develops a rich, meaty flavor and texture reminiscent of salume. Try it with – you guessed it – a glass of Lagrein.

Firm Cheeses

Central Coast Creamery Seascape. Paso Robles, California. Made from a blend of cow and goat milks, Seascape is a cheddar-style cheese with a semi-firm, smooth texture. The sweetness from the cow’s milk is balanced by the slight tang from the goat’s milk, resulting in an irresistible snacking cheese. Vegetarian.

Fontina Val D’Aosta. Aosta Valley, Italy. A 6-9 month old washed-rind cow’s milk cheese. Dense, nutty, robust and aromatic. It is a wonderful melting cheese (try it in mac and cheese!) and shines on a cheese plate, especially when accompanied with dried fruits and nuts. Pair it with a Nebbiolo, Barolo or Barbaresco or a crisp white.  Unpasteurized.

Gruyere. Fribourg, Switzerland. A traditional, cave-aged version of the classic cheese made in the Swiss Alps since the 1200’s. Aged for a full 12 months, it develops a rich, nutty, sweet complexity that makes it compulsively snackable and one of the most versatile cheeses around. It’s equally at home on a cheese board, mixed into a frittata, on french onion soup, in a gratin (try cauliflower for a twist!), in a grilled cheese sandwich or on a cheeseburger (just to name a few options). Raw.

Provolone. Lombardy, Italy. A sharp, salty, tangy cow’s milk cheese aged for 9-12 months. While it’s the classic addition to Italian-American sandwiches, it’s also perfect as a counterpoint on a cheese plate. Try it and forget everything you know about mass-produced provolone.

Tickler Cheddar. Devon, England. An 18-24 month old month old cheddar. Slightly sweet, salty, nutty and melt-in your mouth creamy, with notes of chives and horseradish. Vegetarian.

Hard Cheeses

Fiore Sardo. Sardinia, Italy. A sheep’s milk cheese aged 8-10 months and lightly smoked. Sharp, complex and smoky. Close to the rind, the smoke gets more prominent, almost creating two cheeses in one – a smoky gem and a sharp aged pecorino.

Parmigiano Reggiano. Emilia-Romagnia, Italy. The real deal. A 24-month old Parmigiano, aged twice as long as required to be called Parmigiano Reggiano, for an added depth of flavor and nuttiness. Salty, nutty and sweet.

Pecorino Romano. Lazio, Italy. A hard sheep’s milk cheese made for almost 2,000 years. Salt, hard, tangy and sharp. Can be used for grating but also delicious on a cheese plate.

Piave Vecchio Selezione Oro. Piedmont, Italy. A 12-18 month old cow’s milk cheese. Deliciously nutty and sweet, with texture between firm and hard. A showstopper on a cheese plate. Try it if you like aged Gouda.

Blue Cheeses

Point Reyes Original Blue. Point Reyes, California. A moderately bluey blue with a creamy texture. Great on salads, steaks and burgers, mixed into porcini risotto, or on a cheese plate alongside a bold red wine. Raw and vegetarian.

Antipasti

To see the other cheeses we often stock, please click here: http://italiancowboyfoods.com/cheeselibrary/

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