This rant is a long time coming, and I’m actually surprised that Tom and I have never talked about it before. Next time you go out to dinner at an Italian Restaurant, do not ask for Parmesan Cheese. Parmesan Cheese is not Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. Parmesan Cheese is not even cheese, there have been traces of wood pulp and cellulose found in it when tested.
Parmigiano- Reggiano Cheese is the “King of Cheeses” must be aged a minimum of 12 months. It can only be made in a handful of cities(The “Parma-Reggio” region), and only has 3 ingredients, milk, salt, and rennet.
Parmesan Cheese comes in a green cylinder and has no rules of its production. Parmesan Cheese tastest nothing like Parmigiano Reggiano.
Check out this segment to hear even more about the two, as well as Pecorino Romano and Grana Padano.