Seasonal Pairing Recommendations: Spring and Summer
Il Villaggio cheeses can add irresistible flavor to all kinds of summer favorites. From vegetable-filled salads to ice cold dessert treats, chances are there’s an Italian cheese that can add just the right flavor. The best cheese pairings can be enjoyed all year long – they just need a lighter touch during the warmer months. Try some of our suggestions below, and savor the flavor in the warm sunshine.
Classic Italian Pizza – Truly a food for all seasons, pizza is an especially appealing way to enjoy Italian cuisine in the summer. Easier to make and a bit lighter than lasagna, pizza is a full-flavored casual treat perfect for laid back summer evenings. Summer salads like our raspberry laden Fruity Salad with Gorgonzola are light and lively enough to refresh any summertime meal. Serve them together and take a refreshing break from summer barbecues.
Summer fruits like berries, melons and peaches are even more refreshing with cheese. For an elegant summer dessert, try Gorgonzola Dolce or Piccante with peaches, nectarines or plums. The fruit pairs well with flavorful cheeses, setting off an explosion of fresh flavor.
In Italy, beer is a mainstay of casual dining and light lagers – like Peroni Nastro Azzurro – are ideal for light Italian favorites like pizza and salads.
Italian white wines are perfect for spring and summer weather. Pinot Grigio offers a crisp and dry profile that’s delicious with any of our Il Villaggio cheeses. White Zinfandel is also a refreshing summer wine and can be served on ice when it gets especially hot.