Parmigiano Reggiano, Cravero Riserva (Italian Cow's Milk Cheese)

(1 review)
$8.95 - $34.95

Why We Love It

While each wheel will vary with the season, we select our "riserva" wheels for their depth of flavor that develops only after a full three years of aging. Learn more

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For five generations, the Cravero family has been hand-selecting young wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano from the finest farms of Emilia-Romagna, and transporting them to their maturation caves in Bra, a mountain village in central Piedmont.

When we visited the Cravero family, they showed us their shipping journal from the 1860s. It was a hand-made and leather-bound tome with aged vellum pages filled with perfect Italian script. The tradition of selecting Parmigiano from three farms and shipping them to their customers has been closely looked after by the men of the Cravero family. Today, Giorgio runs the family business with his wife Barbara and young son Giacomo. Giorgio is a smart, good-natured and very funny man who has complete dedication to, and faith in his product. We first experienced his family's Parmigiano at the Slow Food Cheese festival in the town of Bra, Italy, where his family resides. While each wheel will vary with the season, we select our "riserva" wheels for their depth of flavor that develops only after a full three years of aging.

G Cravero

How much cheese should I buy?

We advise buying small quantities more frequently to avoid long term storage because the complex flavors and aromas of good cheese will change and degrade over time. For appetizer quantities and not much left over, we suggest 1/4 lb per person. For larger servings or if you'd like some left overs, we suggest a full 1/2 lb per person.

How should I serve my cheese?

You can serve any number of cheeses: a single magnificent chèvre or a large selection celebrating the diversity of aromas, flavors and textures found in various traditions around the world. Choose what you like and what you expect your audience will enjoy. We usually go for a selection of three to four cheeses with various milk types, textures and flavors.

Take your cheese out of the refrigerator an hour or so before serving. Just before serving, unwrap each cheese and scrape the cut surface with a knife edge to remove a thin layer. If you notice dried out parts or mold on the face of the cheese, cut it away.

Can I eat the rind?

Most cheeses have rinds and most rinds are edible. If you don’t like the taste or texture, cut it off.

What do I do about the mold on my cheese?

Cheese stored for some time may grow exterior molds. Typical molds will be white or blue-green but you can sometimes come across yellow or gray. Most of the time, you can refresh the cheese by cutting away those affected areas. The cheese underneath will be fine.

How do I store my cheese?

Store in a higher humidity area of your refrigerator - likely an enclosed spot which allows for limited airflow rather than constant drafts.

How do I wrap my cheese?

Use a clean wrap of the cheese paper, or, in a pinch use parchment (for softer cheeses) or aluminum foil (for firm to hard cheeses).

Enjoy!

  • 5
    Excellent cheese

    Posted by Pam on Oct 15th 2019

    This is the best parnigiano reggiano I've ever tasted. Worth my trip to get it as I don't live near any Formaggio store and can't get it anywhere else.

Description

For five generations, the Cravero family has been hand-selecting young wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano from the finest farms of Emilia-Romagna, and transporting them to their maturation caves in Bra, a mountain village in central Piedmont.

When we visited the Cravero family, they showed us their shipping journal from the 1860s. It was a hand-made and leather-bound tome with aged vellum pages filled with perfect Italian script. The tradition of selecting Parmigiano from three farms and shipping them to their customers has been closely looked after by the men of the Cravero family. Today, Giorgio runs the family business with his wife Barbara and young son Giacomo. Giorgio is a smart, good-natured and very funny man who has complete dedication to, and faith in his product. We first experienced his family's Parmigiano at the Slow Food Cheese festival in the town of Bra, Italy, where his family resides. While each wheel will vary with the season, we select our "riserva" wheels for their depth of flavor that develops only after a full three years of aging.

G Cravero

Caring for Your Cheese

How much cheese should I buy?

We advise buying small quantities more frequently to avoid long term storage because the complex flavors and aromas of good cheese will change and degrade over time. For appetizer quantities and not much left over, we suggest 1/4 lb per person. For larger servings or if you'd like some left overs, we suggest a full 1/2 lb per person.

How should I serve my cheese?

You can serve any number of cheeses: a single magnificent chèvre or a large selection celebrating the diversity of aromas, flavors and textures found in various traditions around the world. Choose what you like and what you expect your audience will enjoy. We usually go for a selection of three to four cheeses with various milk types, textures and flavors.

Take your cheese out of the refrigerator an hour or so before serving. Just before serving, unwrap each cheese and scrape the cut surface with a knife edge to remove a thin layer. If you notice dried out parts or mold on the face of the cheese, cut it away.

Can I eat the rind?

Most cheeses have rinds and most rinds are edible. If you don’t like the taste or texture, cut it off.

What do I do about the mold on my cheese?

Cheese stored for some time may grow exterior molds. Typical molds will be white or blue-green but you can sometimes come across yellow or gray. Most of the time, you can refresh the cheese by cutting away those affected areas. The cheese underneath will be fine.

How do I store my cheese?

Store in a higher humidity area of your refrigerator - likely an enclosed spot which allows for limited airflow rather than constant drafts.

How do I wrap my cheese?

Use a clean wrap of the cheese paper, or, in a pinch use parchment (for softer cheeses) or aluminum foil (for firm to hard cheeses).

Enjoy!

  • 5
    Excellent cheese

    Posted by Pam on Oct 15th 2019

    This is the best parnigiano reggiano I've ever tasted. Worth my trip to get it as I don't live near any Formaggio store and can't get it anywhere else.