Giolitti Deli’s Featured Cheese Of The Week: Gorgonzola Cheese

 Learn about Gorgonzola cheese from Giolitti Deli!

Learn about Gorgonzola cheese from Giolitti Deli!

At Giolitti Deli, we sell both imported dolce gorgonzola as well as bufala gorgonzola. The cheese is perfect to put on a steak just off the grill, to spread on a piece of grilled bread, or to melt with some heavy cream and toss with your favorite pasta or gnocchi! Continue reading to learn more about delicious Gorgonzola cheese. 

What Is Gorgonzola Cheese?

Gorgonzola is an Italian town in north-east Milan, home of the famous gorgonzola cheese! The blue mold cheese is soft and creamy when it is young, while mature versions are stronger and have a more pungent bite. In the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont, cows feed on natural forage in pastures to deliver unrestricted, full-bodied milk to creameries. The unique flavors of Gorgonzola are attributed to these regions and their cows, as the cheese is exclusively made from cow’s milk. While it is often compared to blue cheese, it has a milder flavor than most other blue cheeses and is set apart due to its roots in Italian artisanship. 

How It Is Made

As mentioned above, Italian Gorgonzola is made from cow’s milk, so a crucial step in making the cheese is to confirm the quality of the milk. Pastures will send fresh milk daily to local creameries, and they will monitor it to ensure it maintains its flavors after pasteurization. Then, a mixture of yeasts and rennet is added to the pasteurized milk, then it is transferred to large tanks to coagulate the milk and start the marbling effect. Next, the milk curdles to a firm paste, and the curd is cut and separated, which allows the whey to be released. The cheese is then put in molds and brined with sea salt and placed to age, and during this process, the rind is pierced with steel needles to create a marbling effect. After a minimum of 50 days of maturing, the cheese can be labeled as Gorgonzola! 

Gorgonzola Dolce 

You can find Gorgonzola Dolce at Giolitti Deli- a type of “sweeter” gorgonzola. It is milder and much softer than the original cheese and is made by using pasteurized cow’s milk and is aged for three months. Gorgonzola Dolce is very creamy and has an almost spreadable texture. 

Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli

Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!

Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!

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