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Cheese. Whether as the major component of your favorite pizza pie, the taste that ties the ingredients of your meat lasagna together, or just that little extra flavor that makes your salad pop, if you’re like us that is what it’s all about.

And here at Buona we know cheese! Here is a quick refresher course for all you fellow cheese-lovers.

Mozzarella–This is the main man, the real deal, used in just about every pizza, sandwich, and dish we make. Mozzarella is actually a generic term for several kinds of italian cheeses that are made using spinning and then cutting (hence the name, as the Italian verb mozzare means “to cut”.)  Fresh mozzarella is generally white, but may vary seasonally to slightly yellow depending on the animal’s diet. It is a semi-soft cheese. Due to its high moisture content, it is traditionally served the day it is made. 

Ricotta (literally meaning “recooked”) uses the whey, a limpid, low-fat, nutritious liquid that is a by-product of cheese production. Can you believe this delicious cheese is just the reheated whey left over from cheese making? Ricotta is a fresh cheese (as opposed to ripened or aged), grainy and creamy white in appearance, slightly sweet in taste, and contains around 13% fat. In this form, it is somewhat similar in texture to some cottage cheese variants, though considerably lighter. And here at Buona it’s what makes our Bianca (white pies without red or marinara sauce) such a creamy indulgent pizza.

Parmagiano cheese (the same cheese manufactured elsewhere is referred to as Parmesan), is a hard granular cheese, cooked but not pressed, named after the producing areas near Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and Bologna (all in Emilia-Romagna), and Mantova (in Lombardia), Italy. Under Italian law only cheese produced in these provinces may be labelled “Parmigiano-Reggiano”, while European law classifies the name as a protected designation of origin. Buona uses Parmagiano in a number of ways, it’s what makes your Caesar salad have that wonderful flavor and keeps you reaching for our yummy fresh garlic knots.

American Cheese is a favorite here as well. For several sandwiches including our Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, there is nothing like the way the cheese melts in with the steak meat and onions.  And it blends with the Mozzarella in our Suffed Philly Steak Pizza to make something extra special with that taste you just can’t get anywhere but here.

Getting hungry yet? I know I sure am. Come in to where all these cheeses are put to their most flavorful uses here at Buona Pizza and taste the difference that the best and freshest ingredients make.

Life is too short for bad pizza!

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