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Kosher Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy

p.j. Dec 5, 2005 01:44 PM

Thanks to DeisCane for his link on the Cabot cheese thread to the Pieffe brand from the Fanticini family.
I sent an e-mail this a.m., and just received a response directing me to Zabar's online store.

Alas, I was hoping Whole Foods might carry it here in St. Louis. Also, none of the other delicious sounding cheeses on the Pieffe website are kosher.

Well, it's a start!
Thanks again, p.j.

Link: http://shop.zabars.com/on/demandware....

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    DeisCane Dec 5, 2005 02:31 PM

    Glad to have helped. Cool about Zabar's!

    As for the other cheeses, I would hope that his receiving positive feedback might convince him to hire that rabbi to watch over some other cheeses there as well--hopefully the provolone and the grana padano!

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    1. re: DeisCane
      velorutionary Dec 5, 2005 03:41 PM

      I believe I have seen that Rabbi's certification on Grana and Provolone sold at Fairway's.

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      entrails Dec 6, 2005 10:01 AM

      i have had this parmigano reggiano many times and i must say that it's the best i've ever tasted. enjoy!!

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      1. re: entrails
        Nathan Dec 7, 2005 12:47 PM

        It's certainly better than the usual kosher "parmigano", but isn't in the ballpark of the "real deal". I'm glad it's available, if for no other reason than to raise the standards of what the kosher crowd should expect from cheese.

        1. re: entrails
          londonosher Dec 8, 2005 08:22 AM

          Why do you say that. I haven't tried it, but it looks like it's proper P-R.

          1. re: londonosher
            DeisCane Dec 9, 2005 12:41 PM

            If it falls short of treyf P-R, it's because of it's packaging, imo, which keeps it from properly drying. The taste, however, is spot on.

            1. re: DeisCane
              Nathan Dec 13, 2005 11:12 PM

              As I previously wrote, it's not bad, and I'm glad it's available. But compared to better non-certified versions, it falls short IMO. Many in the target market will never know the difference, so to them it may not matter.

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          JK Dec 6, 2005 12:03 PM

          I've had the parmigiano from Zabar's many times and think it is outstanding. The cheese ships ground, not air shipping, so it is more affordable.

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            Steve M. Dec 6, 2005 08:38 PM

            Have seen this cheese at Wegman's in Virginia. Not being up on the particulars of Italian hashgacha, I've been meaning to check on this by calling say, the star-k, with the particulars. It sure would be a welcome addition to spaghetti, for example.

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              sultanp Dec 15, 2011 06:02 PM

              The Zabar's link doesn't seem to work.

              Anyone ever find any kosher Grana Padano?

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              1. re: sultanp
                koshergourmetmart Dec 15, 2011 07:07 PM

                yes. found it a while back at fairway, zabars

                1. re: koshergourmetmart
                  p.j. Dec 16, 2011 12:55 PM

                  Do you know the brand name of the Grana Padano?

                  I will put in another plug for the Cheese Guy's Goat Cheddar. Absolutely yummy. Found at UWS Fairway by my son. I'll have to send him over before he comes home next week!
                  Shabbat shalom, p.j.

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