Pecorino Romano


Pecorino Romano is Italy’s oldest cheese dating back to ancient Roman times also known to be as the workhorse of Italian Cheeses. Pecorino cheese was discovered by sheep herders who typically filled their canteens with sheep’s milk. The motion of walking, combined with the lack of refrigeration caused the milk to ferment. It’s a hard cheese made from a sheep’s milk (Pecorino) which is typically aged for 12 months and used as grating cheese and originally made near Rome (thus the name Romano).  It is the most famous and known cheese among the Pecorino family of cheeses.  It is produced in the plains of Lazio and Sardinia where land and sheep's were abundant making this cheese famous in central and Southern Italy.



Zanetti Pecorino Romano is a true Pecorino Romano cheese that has a protected origin of destination. The cheese is made between October and July, from the milk of specific sheep in a specific region.



What to look for in this product:

•Strong intense yellow colour with a slight grainy texture that has a sharp, tangy salty flavour
•Rich creamy flavour that has a mildly crunchy granular feeling


Suggested uses:

•Ideal to serve with crackers or pieces of toasted baguette
•Also great to grate and toppings for dishes that do not have a cream sauce but that demand a little sprinkling of a creamy cheese
•Pecorino is a classic cheese for many pasta dishes, not least the infamous Carbonara.  Often mixed with Parmigiano Reggiano to get a unique blend of flavours
Pecorino Romano
Size weight range: 200-250g
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Zanetti  cheese is born out of more than 100 years of experience and family tradition.  Zanetti SpA was  founded at the end of 19th century by Guido Zanetti and was mainly involved in buying and selling dairy products. In 1946, with the acquisition of a dairy plant in Marmirolo, Zanetti started its industrial activity. In those years they transformed approx. 70 hectolitres of milk a day and produced 14 Grana Padano wheels.  Zanetti today  is the largest producer of Grana Padano in Italy and one of the largest curers of Parmigiano-Reggiano. At any given time, Zanetti has more than 500,000 wheels in cure. Zanetti is a leading company in the production, maturation and sales of typical Italian cheese and the first company in terms of great, consistent quality.



Did you know?

  • Grana Padano was developed by the Cistercian monks of the Abbey of Chiaravalle during the 11th century. They were producing milk in excess of their needs so to save wasting it, they tried to find a way to preserve it
  • Cows that produce the milk for Grana Padano are regulated with strict guidelines.  They are only fed with grass and cereals with strictly no antibiotics or preservatives.
  • Parmigiano Reggiano is the most shoplifted item in Italy.
  • Each wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano is made with 600 litres of milk!
  • 4,000 tons of Grana Padano and 12,000 tons of Parmigiano Reggiano were destroyed during the last earthquake that hits Bologna, Italy
  • Tiramisu, a popular desert made with Mascarpone cheese, literally means “pick me up” and gained this name by the lightness of the dessert in combination with the energy boost from the espresso
  • Chilled cheeses should ideally be taken out of the refrigerator two hours before serving
  • Consuming cheese after a meal is reported to reduce the risk of tooth decay