Whether you’re a professional chef or making a weeknight meal for the family, all cooks are familiar with cheese. However, choosing the right type of cheese to compliment your meal can be tricky. While most people reach for the mozzarella, parmesan, or cheddar, there’s something to be said about Romano cheese. Contrary to popular belief, Romano is one of the most popular choices of cheese in Italy – and for a good reason.
First created in the countryside of Rome, Pecorino Romano is considered one of Italy’s oldest forms of cheese. Translated, “pecorino” means “of sheep.” Thus, Pecorino Romano simply stated is “sheep’s (cheese) of Rome.” Known for its long-term storage properties, Romano cheese became a staple for traveling soldiers of ancient Roman times. Today, this type of cheese is still made according to the original recipes of old Italy.
A sharper alternative to Parmesan, Pecorino Romano provides a pleasantly sharp and salty taste. Most commonly used in pasta dishes, Romano serves as not only an excellent grating cheese but also a perfect solution for casseroles and pizzas. However, it’s important to note that the sharpness depends on the age of the cheese. For example, a table cheese is generally ideal aged around five months. However, if you’re looking to utilize Romano for grating, you’ll want to find a variety that has been aged longer to eight months.
Since we’re on the subject of flavor, it’s important to mention the domestic varieties that are also available. Although we believe imported is always best for an authentic experience, if you’re looking for a milder flavor, go domestic. Unlike imported Romano, domestic versions are often created from cow’s milk.
As we briefly mentioned, Romano is a perfect champion for pasta and pizza. However, the salty characteristics add savory flavor when mixed into meatballs, soups, and stews as well. Furthermore, Romano is a perfect complement to bread, potatoes, veggies, dressings, and sauces. So, as you can see, Romano is pretty universal.
However, because of the saltiness of the cheese, you’ll want to go lightly when adding Romano to a recipe, especially if the recipe doesn’t call for it. Remember, you can always add more, but once it’s combined, you can’t take it out!
Here at D’Errico’s Market, we have the finest selection of both imported and domestic kinds of cheese. Whether you’re looking for the finest Romano cheese or traditional American cheese, we have the selection fit for any meal!
Stop by and visit us today at 141 East Central St in Worcester, MA.