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Dec 5, 2005 01:44 PM

Kosher Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy

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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.


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  1. 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

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

    2. 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

        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

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

          1. re: londonosher

            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

              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.

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

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

              Anyone ever find any kosher Grana Padano?

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              1. re: sultanp

                yes. found it a while back at fairway, zabars

                1. re: koshergourmetmart

                  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.