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Reggiano vs. Grana Padana

So, is there a difference?? Other than price of course.

I just bought a hunk of Reggiano. I ususally buy GP since it's cheaper and I like it. I decided to see if it was worth paying more.

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  1. so...you have it, what do you think?
    I never had GP, but I like parm-reggiano

    1. Grana taste a litte sweeter then reggiano. They are both made with cows milk and age the same way and also under the same quality control of Italy. I think Grana is great over risotto.

      1. Seems to be a fairly big difference in richness of flavor. I largely use GP for everyday use, but always use Reg when cooking any kind of a special meal.

        1. Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano are the same type of cheese: grana. Parmigiano Reggiano is just considered to be the best grana. Grana is produced throughout northern Italy and most families use it in lieu of Parmigiano (less expensive, same cheese).

          1. Did you taste a difference? If not, then no need to spend the extra money.

            Here's a link to an earlier discussion you might find helpful.
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/302060

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              If you're grating it the difference is almost undetectable. If you're eating it by itself, most people like parmigiano best. But again, pamigiano IS grana. It could just as easily be called "grana parmigiana."