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Buying Parmesan or Pecorino in Florence

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Buying Parmesan or Pecorino in Florence

So we will be in Florence for 6 nights after the Rome part of our trip in December. After Florence we head to the UK for 2 weeks before flying back to Canada.

So online research has told me the differences between Parmesan and Pecorino (cow milk v sheeps milk). Where in Florence would I be able to buy good quality pieces of either one and in fact, is there a brand, type, region or quality I should be looking for when buying.

We will be staying at the Hotel Calzaiuoli on the Via dei Calzaiuoli if that helps with nearby locations.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Buying Parmesan or Pecorino in Florence

Any supermarket will sell a variety of both. There would probably be ready cut vacumn packed pieces in a cabinet and a Deli counter where you can have pieces cut to order. Tasting may be possible at the counter and they may be able to vacumn pack as well.

Small Deli's may well be able to cut and pack as well. They might even have better quality cheeses although the prices may not be as keen.

The cheeses travel well even without refrigeration but you need to be aware of any import restrictions the Canadians may have.

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2. Re: Buying Parmesan or Pecorino in Florence

In the US both cheeses are widely available, and perhaps also in Canada. Since they keep well, if they are available where you live there is no reason to buy it in Italy and carry it home. Parmesan Reggiano is the DOP real thing, only made in Emilia Romagna and will have a stamp on the rind. Many supermarkets carry fake Parmesan (not DOP), often made in the US or Argentina. The situation with Pecorino is more complicated. There are more types and it is more widely produced in Italy. The variety produced in Sardegna is thought to be less tasty than the varieties produced in Lazio. Genuine Italian Pecorino Romano is widely available in the US.

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3. Re: Buying Parmesan or Pecorino in Florence

"In the US both cheeses are widely available"

While true, it's far, far less expensive to buy it in Italy, assuming you have room in your suitcase and it doesn't make your suitcase too heavy to slug around. I wish we brought more home than we did.

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4. Re: Buying Parmesan or Pecorino in Florence


Highly recommend Eataly to eat there an to buy, but other is to go with locals at Conad Sapori Dintorni, there is one very close Pontevecchio - palazzo Piti

Another great place to go for food in the morning Mercato San Ambrogio mercatosantambrogio.it/category/…


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