Understand the Differences between Romano, Asiago & Parmesan Cheese

Friday Nov 11, 2016

The cheese making process has been around for nearly 4,000 years and there are an estimated 2,000 varieties of cheeses.

If you are a cheese connoisseur, you might be quick to recognize all the difference varieties. However, some cheeses may seem too similar, especially those that look exactly alike.

Romano, Asiago and Parmesan cheeses are all white, crumbly cheeses that are commonly used in Italian dishes. While Romano and Parmesan cheese are similar to Asiago, each has its own distinct flavor that can spruce up a dish.

Romano

Romano cheese is actually a class of cheeses that are hard and salty and are primarily used for grating. The most common of these cheeses is Pecorino Romano, a sheep’s milk cheese that is aged for up to a year. Most of its production is based in Sardinia, Italy. The taste is often sharper and saltier than Parmesan. Pecorino Romano is great on pasta, soups and salad.

Parmesan

Grated Parmesan cheese is grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, which is a hard, white cheese that was originally produced in various Italian provinces, including Parma. Parmesan has a nutty, rich flavor that is delicious on pizza and pasta. The term Parmesan can be used for cheese similar to Parmigiano-Reggiano outside of the European Union, but the full name, Parmigiano-Reggiano, is primarily used within the European Union.

Asiago

Asiago cheese is an Italian cow’s milk cheese that has a flavor reminiscent to Parmesan but is a bit nuttier and creamier. Fresh Asiago is actually semi-soft and mild flavored. When it is aged, for upwards of 9 months, it develops a sharper flavor. Asiago cheese can be eaten alone or grated on pasta, pizza or salad.

If you’re ready to try one of these delicious cheeses, look no further than Hungry Howie’s to satisfy your craving. Order a pizza with Asiago Cheese Flavored Crust® or try the Asiago Howie Bread. You could also try the 3 Cheeser Howie Bread, which features Parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

If you are seeking something lighter, try the Chicken Asiago Salad or Chicken Caesar Salad, both of which have a sprinkling of Asiago cheese.

The options to fulfill for cheese craving are plentiful at Hungry Howie’s.

Sources:

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2015/06/04/fun-cheese-facts-for-national-cheese-day/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecorino_Romano

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parmigiano-Reggiano

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiago_cheese

https://www.curiouscuisiniere.com/parmesan-romano-asiago-cheese/