Calabria, the mountainous region known as the “toe of Italy’s boot,” is steeped in pecorino tradition. Shepherds still herd their flocks through the rocky landscape just as they did centuries ago; and the humid Calabrian climate pre-determined a population that would master the fine art of aging cheese.
Pecorino Riserva Max is Fattoria della Piana’s top of the line, all-natural pecorino, which has won the title of “Best Aged Pecorino Cheese” at Milan’s “Tutto Food” exhibition 3 years in a row. Made exclusively with the highest quality Calabrian sheep’s milk (collected solely from Fattoria della Piana Co-op members), Pecorino Riserva Max is aged in temperature and humidity controlled cellars for at least 6 months, up to one year. During the maturation process each pecorino wheel is carefully rubbed with olive oil to develop the notable dark crust and deepen the distinctive flavor of this Calabrian gem.
Characteristically crumbly, Calabrian pecorino has a different flavor profile than Sardinian and Roman pecorino, boasting a full, pure sheep’s milk taste that delights with nutty, smooth creaminess and slightly spicy notes. Fattoria della Piana Pecorino Riserva Max combines micro-environment artisan cheese making recipes with new technology for an eating experience that exemplifies the reason pecorino is known as “King of Southern Italian Cheeses.”
Application: Very versatile, Pecorino Riserva Max is perfect for grating over pasta, risotto and potato dishes or using as an ingredient in cooking or baking, but its outstanding, unique flavor is wonderful when simply enjoyed on a cheese board alone or with cold side dishes like antipasto and salads. It matches well with spiced fruit chutneys and pepper jams, and is also perfect for as a dessert -- especially drizzled with honey.
Pairing: Stick with Southern Italian and Sicilian reds, like Nero d'Avola.
Olive Bruschette by Lazzaroni
Product Details: #053988 | 12/5.3 oz
Italian farmers started the tradition of enjoying bruschetta when breaking with friends and family for snacks or meals by the fire. Thickly sliced bread was toasted, drizzled with the farm’s olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, then eaten plain or with whatever toppings were available.
Lazzaroni all-natural Olive Bruschette (the plural of bruschetta) are made with high quality Italian wheat, 14% Italian olive oil and 10% Italian olives for a wholesome, Mediterranean flavor and crispy texture.
Enjoy Lazzaroni Bruschette traditionally and simply as Italian snacking bread, with dips, or as the perfect base for prepared appetizers and meals. Lazzaroni Olive Bruschette are also great with cocktails.