Cheese & Antipasti Menu

Currently in our Cheese Case

We sell a variety of imported Italian and artisan domestic cheeses on a rotating basis. The following cheeses are available for purchase this week, May 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, 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. 

Marin French Petite Creme. Petaluma, California. An individual triple-creme cow’s milk brie-style cheese. Vegetarian. Available by the whole piece only (approximately 4 ounces each).

Semi-Soft Cheeses

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.

Rusticapra. Lombardy, Italy. A one month old goat’s milk cheese. It develops a dense paste with a springy texture, and a complex earthy flavor that mixes with a hint of sweetness and a dash of acidity. A perfect pairing for a fig and almond cake.

Cowgirl Creamery Hop Along. Pt. Reyes, California. A 45-day old cow’s milk cheese washed with apple cider. The cheese is melt-in-your-mouth soft, with a silky mouthfeel and minimal resistance to the bite. The cider gives the cheese a slightly sweet, yeasty flavor with a gentle tang to balance out the creamy, buttery goodness. Pair it with pears or apples on your cheeseboard. Organic.

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.

Pt. Reyes Toma. Pt. Reyes, California. A three month old cow’s milk cheese. A crowd pleaser – semi-firm, with a slightly complex, buttery and lactic flavor. Mild enough for everyday, but complex enough to keep the cheese lover engaged. Also very meltable. Vegetarian.

Firm Cheeses

Ubriaco Raboso. Veneto, Italy. A fruity and complex cow’s milk cheese. Washed in red wine, the wine flavor permeates the cheese, getting increasingly wine-y near the rind. The name means “drunk on Raboso,” Raboso being the red wine in which it’s washed.

Piave Vecchio. Piedmont, Italy. A 6-12 month old cow’s milk cheese. Deliciously nutty and firm, but will still melt in your mouth if you let it. Try it if you like aged Greuyere.

Beecher’s Flagship.Seattle, Washington. A 15-month old cheddar-style cow’s milk cheese. Incredibly complex. Nutty but sharp, salty but sweet, firm yet creamy. One of the best cheddars we’ve ever eaten.

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

Hard Cheeses

Grana Padano. Piedmont, Italy. Made in Italy for almost 1,000 years, it is an aged cow’s milk cheese perfect for grating on pasta or including on your next cheese plate. Nutty and slightly salty, it is similar to Parmigano-Reggiano but a bit more mild. Our Grana Padano is aged over 16 months for a more concentrated flavor. Pair it with a bold red or crisp white wine.

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.

Blue Cheeses

None available this week

Antipasti

Green Cerignola Olives. Meaty and briny, with a generous ratio of olive-to-pit.

Black Cerignola Olives. Meaty and earthy, with a generous ratio of olive-to-pit.

Gigandes Beans in Vinaigrette. Large, meaty beans in a tomato vinaigrette. Add to salads, as a light lunch, alongside a hearty roast, or serve on an antipasti plate.

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

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