General English


  • A very hard Italian grating cheese with a strong and distinctive flavour made from unpasteurized skimmed cows’ milk. The curds are heated and packed into very large circular moulds and matured for well over 2 years, ending up with a pale straw colour and a black rind. When grated it is used on a wide variety of Italian dishes. The composition depends on age, at 18 months it is 27 per cent water, 37 per cent fat and 31 per cent protein.


  • noun a pale yellow hard Italian cheese, often served grated as a garnish on pasta dishes