Saying Goodbye to Piave Vecchio

August 4, 2009

Piave Vecchio

Piave Vecchio

Certain cheeses are good and yet, for whatever reason (usually money and marketing) they just don’t sell well. Piave Vecchio is one of those cheeses that The Lady can’t seem to make popular. Even with aggressive sampling, Piave just doesn’t fly out the door the way Parmigano-Reggiano does.

Made by a dairy cooperative in the Piave River Valley of Italy, this hard cheese is made from pasteurized cow’s milk and shaped into wheels. It has a dense texture and is straw-colored. Once it is aged, it becomes hard, suitable for grating and tastes slightly sweet, much like a young Parmesan.

Because it is a grating cheese, The Lady likes to use it as an alternative to Grana Padano or Asiago.

Saying goodbye is the result of the cheese being removed from inventory by the corporate “folks” and while The Lady hates to say goodbye to this fine Italian cheese, she understands the reasons.

Arrivedeci, Piave Vecchio, Lei sarà mancato.

This feline foodie gives Piave Vecchio 4 Paws out of 4 Paws.

Serving Suggestons: Grated on Pasta dishes and excellent in risotto and polenta.

Wine  Pairings: Full-bodied white such as a Chardonnay and medium-bodies reds such as Merlot or Zinfandel.

Beer Pairings: Belgium Fat Tire Ale

Source: Cow’s Milk

3 Responses to “Saying Goodbye to Piave Vecchio”

  1. Gary Says:

    I recommend trying this cheese, grated in an omelot with some chopped arugula.

  2. Christopher Says:

    Due to state laws, our cheese sampling program is very scant at best here. Piave is a cheese I adore and sell a tone of – even repeatedly to my customers. Mainly by recommending it as pairing for wine and specific foods. I’m lucky to have found a niche for such a phenomenal cheese!

  3. Lynn Says:

    Ironic that I am on-line at the moment hunting down all sources of Piave Vecchio possible! I am nibbling some right now with a glass of wine, and I have a few more pounds stored in the fridge. We recently picked up our stash at Costco, because they don’t stock it on a regular basis. When they have it, people snap it up in a flash. It’s also available via Amazon.

    Hopefully growing popularity will mean you can stock it again.

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