CHEESE
BellaVitano®
Save
This Wisconsin original has won a trophy case full of national and international awards. It’s all nutty, fruity, cow's milk goodness up front. When it comes to texture, think young, creamy cheddar with the crystalline crunch of a premium farmstead parmesan. It’s often hand-rubbed or soaked with an array of flavors like Black Pepper, Espresso, Chai, Merlot, Citrus Ginger and many more. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy BellaVitano at your table, you’ve just corralled yourself a unique piece of time-honored Wisconsin culture. Savor it.

Appearance

Smooth, pale yellow interior usually with a rubbed or soaked exterior

Taste

Creamy with a crystalline crunch

Flavor

Highly meltable premium young cheddar meets robust farmstead parmesan

131

Cheese Image

Performance Notes

BellaVitano is our versatile, foolproof friend in the kitchen. We like to slice it for sandwiches, melt it in panini and grate it into salads. We also think it goes particularly well with all sorts of lightly smoked meats.

Pairing Notes

All things alcohol get along famously with BellaVitano. Beers and ciders that pair well include fruit beers, stout, weiss beer and brown ale. Wines that we recommend: cabernet sauvignon, chianti, pinot noir, merlot, red zinfandel, pinot gris, syrah/shiraz, sake (preferably medium dry), rioja and malbec. Plenty of spirits sip well with BellaVitano, as well, including port, madeira, scotch, brandy, light rum, tequila reposado, tequila añejo, rye whiskey and cognac. This cheese is definitely a chameleon when it comes to pairing.

Serve

Family favorites like macaroni and cheese, tuna melts with capers and onion, French onion soup and Cobb salad all up their already tasty game with creamy, melty, mature BellaVitano.