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Thursday, March 24 2022

Toma Piemontese

By: Allison Spurrell
Raw cow's milk cheese from northwestern Italy

Raw cow's milk cheese from northwestern Italy.

Cheese Name: Toma Piemontese

Origin: Piemonte, Italy

Milk Type: Raw cow’s milk

Style: Semi firm, with a natural rind

Description: Toma Piemontese is a semi firm cheese made in the Piemonte region of Italy. The paste of the cheese is straw yellow, with a fairly even scattering of small holes throughout. The natural rind can sometimes be quite thin and pale. Older wheels are light grey, and they can even be slightly fluffy and moldy looking. None of that seems to change the inside paste of the cheese. Toma – or Tomme in French – is an old word for a small wheel of cheese. It's not particularly specific, but often a semi firm cheese of this style. The wheels are typically 8 – 14 inches in diameter and weigh anywhere from 2-6 kilos.

Tasting Notes: Toma Piemontese is a cheese with a subtle flavour. I find there is a distinctive grassy taste, and a mild milky finish. I love this style of cheese, and the texture is buttery and lush. Although firm and easy to cut, the impression is almost of a soft ripened cheese on your palate, as it seems very rich. 

Pairing: This Toma needs to be paired with the right partners to shine. As the flavour profile is delicate, it can be drowned out easily by a strong blue or other picante cheese choice on your board.

I find it pairs will with fresh goat cheese, mild washed rind, and even Parmigiano Reggiano or Piave Vecchio, which could be a great addition if you are trying to keep your cheese board to an Italian theme.

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Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

Allison Spurrell stocks the larders of the city’s finest restaurants and your fridge alike, through les amis du FROMAGE, cheese shops in the Kitslano and Strathcona neighbourhoods in Vancouver which she runs with Joe Chaput. Their shelves are filled with 400 cheeses, including local, raw milk French, Italian and other specialties. They also sell foie gras, pâtés, crackers, biscuits, varietal olive oils, vinegars and other specialty food items and their kitchen in Strathcona prepares popular frozen taken away meals. Les amis du FROMAGE has received Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Award as a top food supplier to Vancouver’s best restaurants and hotels. Allison is a proud member of Confrerie les Chevalier du Taste Fromage de France. To buy cheese visit: les amis du FROMAGE in Kitslano - 1752 West 2nd Ave | Tel (604) 732-4218 or Strathcona - 843 East Hastings St | Tel 604-253-4218 | www.buycheese.com.