Parmigiano-Reggiano DOP is aged for 24 months for a nutty, slightly sharp flavor. This king of cheese is perfect for eating as a table cheese or grating over pasta, shredding over salad, or in sauces. Serve chunks of this elegant cheese drizzled with an aged balsamic. Made in northern Italy in the area surrounding Parma and Reggio nell’Emilia, Parmigiano-Reggiano is always produced between April 15 and Nov. 11. Look for evidence of the words ''Parmigiano-Reggiano'' spelled out in pin-dot holes in the rind of the cheese to be assured of authenticity. The DOP designation guarantees that the cheese has met exacting Italian standards for quality and place of origin. The cheese arrives in our store in large wheels and is hand-split with a wire. Then each piece is hand-cut and vacuum-packed to order before being shipped to you. Parmigiano-Reggiano may require 2nd day shipping, depending on distance.