It's summer and it's hot, we know. However, every time is cheese time.
We went to Liberty Heights Fresh late last week to crack a wheel of Cravero Parmigiano-Reggiano. Exclusive to Liberty Heights Fresh in the western states, Cravero is hand tested by Giorgio Cravero, a fifth generation cheese ager from the Piedmont region of Italy. Since 1855 the Cravero family have been selecting and maturing the finest cheeses.
Each wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano carries proof of its authenticity. During production, the future rind is impressed with the number of the cheese house, production date and pin dots forming the words "Parmigiano Reggiano." The pin dots guarantee that the cheese was made under regulation of the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano.
After one year of aging, each wheel that passes the test is branded with an oval certification mark and left to finish aging.
And cutting this cheese is not a simple task as it may sound. Not everyone can do it, and it's considered to be an art. Five different knives are used in this process, so the internal structure and texture are left intact. All the care is not enough.
Even though the curator has already cracked the wheel of Cravero Parmigiano-Reggiano, you can still grab a bite at Liberty Heights Fresh.