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Desperately seeking montasio cheese

helmswoman May 9, 2012 02:16 PM

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. woodleyparkhound RE: helmswoman May 9, 2012 03:55 PM

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

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      drewpbalzac RE: helmswoman May 10, 2012 05:07 AM

      The smug cheese vender in Eastern Market may have it.

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        helmswoman RE: drewpbalzac May 11, 2012 08:34 AM

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

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          drewpbalzac RE: helmswoman May 11, 2012 12:42 PM

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

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          hill food RE: drewpbalzac Sep 20, 2012 12:31 AM

          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. Delucacheesemonger RE: helmswoman May 10, 2012 05:40 AM

          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.

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            Vidute RE: helmswoman May 10, 2012 10:04 PM

            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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              helmswoman RE: Vidute May 11, 2012 08:37 AM

              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.)

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                helmswoman RE: helmswoman Sep 19, 2012 01:20 PM

                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.

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