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May 9, 2012 02:16 PM

Desperately seeking montasio cheese

Looking for montasio cheese--the real thing, from Friuli region of Italy--in the DC-Baltimore area. Have tried the usual suspects in the DC suburbs--Balducci's, Whole Foods, etc., with no success. Online sources are available, but shipping charges make this an expensive option. Any thoughts?

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  1. Try Cowgirl Creamery. I also hear Cheesetique is excellent, though I haven't been myself.

    1. The smug cheese vender in Eastern Market may have it.

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      1. re: drewpbalzac

        It would be worth a trip to Eastern Market just to check out the smug cheese vendor.

        1. re: helmswoman

          Trips to eastern Market are always worth while. . . .

        2. re: drewpbalzac

          I think his name is Mike. I'd call ahead on a slow weekday afternoon. (the women that work there are quite more approachable, but really, he's not so bad. I did see a genuine smile once. I swear I did.)

        3. Assume you want it for frico, only the young one works and Murray's in NY always has it, or at least always had had it.

          1. Have you tried The Italian Store in Arlington?


            Here are links to a couple of Italian markets in Baltimore




            Dean & Deluca in Georgetown


            FeastVirginia in Charlottesville has Montasio listed in their cheese selection.


            Hope this helps.

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            1. re: Vidute

              Thanks for all the great suggestions. I will check out the local (DC-Baltimore) places, but Murray's is a little far to travel for cheese, even to make the wonderful frico. And I had hoped to avoid the high costs of shipping a perishable item. (I appreciate knowing that you need to buy the young cheese, as it wasn't clear from the recipe I saw which stage of aging was required. Thanks Delucacheesemonger.)

              1. re: helmswoman

                I have since found Montasio cheese at Wegman's in Columbia (probably other Wegmans carry it as well). It is advertised as 20 months old, so I'm not sure whether it will do for frico.