Just south of Modena, tucked away in the Castelnuova Rangone countryside is Casa Ferrarini. First owned by Giovanni Ferrarini, the farm has raised Italian Friesian cows for 65 years. Now run by Giovanni's son Ettore and his two daughters, Casa Ferrarini provides top quality milk for the region's most famous cheese: Parmigiano Reggiano.
Because Parmigiano Reggiano is a Protected Designation of Origin cheese, everything from the cow's fresh feed to the aging processes is tightly controlled. Each batch is made from an evening and a morning milking; milk from the evening milking is separated overnight and skimmed, then added to the whole milk from the morning milking, which is delivered still warm to the production room. The cheese making process is a delicate blend of technological precision and human judgement, with the wheels being cut, formed, squeezed, rinsed and dried before making it to the warehouse for aging. Parmigiano Reggiano is aged a minimum of 24 months, making it one of the oldest and arguably tastiest cheeses around.
We are proud to source this complex, sharp cheese straight from the Ferrarini family (our team even got to tour the farm!). Serve it in small chunks with balsamic vinegar, nuts or apples, grate it into pasta or shave thin ribbons to add in salads.