Grana Padano is similar to Parmigiano Reggiano, but a great cheese in its own right. An absolute ‘must try’ ,if you haven’t discovered it yet. A hard cheese with a crumbly grainy (grana) texture, it is more subtle tasting than Parmigiano with sweet, fruity and caramel flavours.
Like Parmigiano, Grana Padano must be made to strict PDO rules and can only be made in the Po Valley. Originally created by Cistercian monks, it’s probably the most popular cheese in Italy today.