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Piave Cheese

Often compared to Parmigiano-Reggiano or parmesan, Piave boasts many similar features but still manages to assert its own distinct characteristics. Deliciously nutty, this pasteurized cow’s milk cheese hails from Northern Italy in the Veneto region. With an intense, almost sweet, taste, it has bold notes of tropical fruit flavor tempered by a slightly bitter finish and a dense paste punctuated by pockets of crystallized cheese. Salty and crunchy, each bite of Piave offers something new and exciting! Buy piave cheese online and discover its wonderful flavor and versatility.
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Ubriaco del Piave
Ubriaco del Piave
from Italy by Veneto

An incredible cheddar from Italy, soaked in wine, aged in grape leaves.

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About Piave Cheese

A true hidden gem, Piave has been made for centuries within the Italian alps but never made it beyond localized sales. Named after a river, the cheese inexplicably never made it out of the region. Its excellent qualities finally recognized, it is now being exported by the wheel and enjoyed all over the world.

DOP protected, the only authentic Piave is made in the Dolomites from cow’s milk. Available in five versions (depending on the length of maturation) which can range from as little as 20 days to over 18 months. Strong and fruity with surprisingly little sharpness, you’ll love how well it pairs with other flavors. Key features:

  • Texture: hard and granular with a straw-yellow to pale yellow color. Its texture becomes crumbly as it ages, making it perfect for grating over dishes.
  • Flavor: with a sweet and nutty flavor with notes of tropical fruit, it is less sharp and salty than Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  • Aging: it’s available in several aging stages, including Fresco (20-60 days), Mezzano (61-180 days), Vecchio (more than 180 days), and Vecchio Selezione Oro (aged over 1 year). The aging process intensifies the flavor and texture.
  • Uses: very versatile, it is excellent for grating over pasta, risotto, or salads. The milder and fresher varieties can be enjoyed as table cheese, while the aged versions are perfect for adding depth to dishes.
  • Production: made from cow's milk, and it follows a rigorous production process, including the use of microbial rennet and strict aging guidelines.

How to Serve Piave

Piave offers an incredible culinary range.

  • Table cheese — Enjoy it sliced on its own or paired with fresh fruit for a simple snack.
  • Cooking — Thanks to its firm texture and complex flavor, it’s also wonderful sliced thinly over salads or grated onto roasted vegetables, risottos, pasta, and soups.
  • Cheese Board — always a welcome addition to cheese trays, it pairs well with the figs, sweet jams and honey.

From cooking to serving as-is, you’ll love the range and diversity of this tasty Italian cheese!

Piave Cheese Pricing

Piave cheese prices vary based on ageing, with fresher varieties being more budget-friendly, while aged options command higher prices. Our cheese shop offers a curated selection of premium Piave cheeses, ensuring access to top-quality options, including various aging stages to suit individual preferences. The cost and pricing of Piave cheese can vary based on age and quality, if sold by wheel or pound, so we've carefully curated a selection to suit various preferences.

Shopping with us online allows you to explore the full range, make informed choices with detailed product descriptions, and read reviews from our discerning customers. Plus, with our commitment to authenticity and quality, you can trust that you're receiving only the best products.

Piave Cheese Questions And Answers

Q:What is Piave cheese?
A:Piave is a beloved Italian cheese that can be used in a variety of recipes, from pasta and risotto to salads and antipasti platters. Its milder, yet complex flavor makes it an excellent option for those who enjoy a high-quality Italian cheese with a slightly different profile than Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Q:How do you serve Piave?
A:You can serve it simply with fresh bread, on a charcuterie board, or grate over pasta, risotto, or soups.
Q:What kind of cheese is Piave?
A:Piave is an aged Italian cow’s milk cheese with a hard and granular texture, like parmigiano Reggiano.
Q:What is Piave cheese good with?
A:Depends on the age ! Young Piave pair well with light white wines, while the aged versions full bodied reds.
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