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Where to buy Pecorino cheese in SF bay area?

rdabke Apr 6, 2009 02:51 PM

Where to buy Pecorino cheese in SF bay area?

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  1. JasmineG RE: rdabke Apr 6, 2009 03:13 PM

    Any major grocery store or cheese shop has it.

    1. Ruth Lafler RE: rdabke Apr 6, 2009 03:17 PM

      What kind of Pecorino? "Pecorino" just means an Italian cheese made from sheep's milk. There are many kinds of pecorino, the most common one (the one you probably want), being Pecorino Romano.

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        Joel RE: rdabke Apr 6, 2009 04:11 PM

        Whole Foods (Berkeley) has Pecorino Romano on sale today, $11.99 per pound as I recall.
        Berkeley Bowl has it at $10.99 per pound all the time. It is my favorite cheese because the price is reasonable, it keeps forever, and it so sharp and salty that I can only nibble a little bit at a time. Other cheese I just ingest non-stop.
        Of course it is good for grating.

        1. bbqman RE: rdabke Apr 6, 2009 04:33 PM

          Trader Joe's is where we buy it all of the time.


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            OldTimer RE: rdabke Apr 6, 2009 04:38 PM

            Costco carries imported Pecorino Romano...around $7.00 lb. Been using it for years, prefer over Parmigiano. If you crave expensive cheese, Whole Foods is your best bet.

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              skwid RE: OldTimer Apr 7, 2009 10:51 AM

              We frequently get the costco Pecorino Romano and have noticed that it is not quite as good as you would get from a local Cheese Shop (we frequent The Pasta Shop in Rockridge). Still great for cooking but for shaving on top of salads and such get thee to a neighborhood cheese shop.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: skwid Apr 7, 2009 11:27 AM

                The Zerto pecorino Costco sells, like Locatelli, is hard and grainy, made for grating, and doesn't shave very well. You'd want a younger sheep cheese for shaving.

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                  skwid RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 7, 2009 11:34 AM

                  Hmm, I was able to do a pretty nice job of shaving it Sunday evening. Granted you couldn't always get 3" long shavings but they weren't too bad (you are right the Costco version is very dry and somewhat brittle). I still stand by what I said that even grated the Costco version is not as good as stuff you find at a good cheese shop (for when you are using the cheese as a finish on a dish).

                  1. re: skwid
                    Robert Lauriston RE: skwid Apr 7, 2009 12:34 PM

                    Any good cheese shop will have Locatelli, which is similar in texture to the Zerto. It's not about where you shop, they're just different styles of sheep cheese.

                    Costco usually has Manchego and has occasionally had young Sardo, which shave fine.

            2. Stephanie Wong RE: rdabke Apr 6, 2009 05:41 PM

              At the Cheeseboard Collective in North Berkeley, you can taste the various pecorinos before you decide what to buy.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: Stephanie Wong Apr 7, 2009 09:55 AM

                Same goes for any cheese shop or Italian deli.

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