Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The great cheddar hunt


Yeah, I like cheddar. You got a problem with that? Since I got back from US, I've been jonesing for cheddar. Don't get me wrong, there are loads of Italian cheeses I adore but sometimes I want me some cheddar. And so began the great cheddar hunt. This weekend I spied a few neighborhood eateries that used cheddar in their dishes, after inquiring they reluctantly yet kindly offered to sell me a chunk of their orange goodness but I still wanted to find a place where I could buy my own whenever I felt the urge.
At the suggestion of a friend, I checked out the deli of all delis- FRANCHI (they do catering too, their website focuses mainly on that). I'd been there a million times but never thought to look for cheddar--- and guess what? They actually had it: sage flavored cheddar (it's green, kind of creeps me out), whiskey cheddar, and good ol' regular orange cheddar all imported from the UK. Joy! Happiness! Cheesy smile! I have found my cheddar dealer!
Franchi
Via Cola di Rienzo, 200 (Prati)

2016 update: just discovered another shop that sells both British and American cheddar!
La Tradizione
Via Cipro, 8/e

15 comments:

the sweet life with olives said...

hilarious. i go weekly to franchi to buy cheddar... have for years. great as it's right next to castroni so i can also load up on all the gross processed tex mex and betty crocker cookies. feel sick just typing about it, but yum. so bad it's good.

Romerican said...

You knew about the cheddar!?!? I can't believe I never saw it there, actually I never really looked for it till now. That section of Cola di Rienzo is like the golden triangle for ex-pats: Franchi, Castroni, and that overpriced but amazingly well-stocked international profumeria!

the sweet life with olives said...

ha! i didn't know about the profumeria... just the one at piazza san lorenzo in lucina, which apparently just closed it's doors so another prada could open... just what we all needed!

Emmina said...

Brava bravissima!!! Cheddar's the BEST... Anyone know where to get it in Milan? I never really looked as I tend to stock up when I'm in the UK, but it would be nice to know...

J.Doe said...

Sage flavored green cheddar? That would freak me out too.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Cheddar?! I must stop by Franchi. I've been to Castroni. I'm jonesing for a cheddar/tomato grilled cheese sandwich.

I wish I didn't hear about the international profumeria. If they sell Kiehls I'm in big trouble.

Romerican said...

Yummmm, cheddar & tomato grilled cheese sandwich! That's what I'll be having for lunch tomorrow. Thanks!

Romerican said...

http://www.bertozzinidal1913.com/index.html
Don't hate me NYC/Caribbean... I had to share the wealth!

Romerican said...

nyc/caribbean ragazza:
The profumeria in Prati doesn't have Kiehl’s but this profumeria near the Pantheon does!

Profumeria Campo Marzio
Via Campo Marzio 70
00185 ROMA
Tel : 06/69202123

roxanne9000 said...

I spied the cheddar through the window last week just before I headed out of town for the weekend... and ran back there first thing this morning to buy a half-kilo of the cheddar classico. Between that, the taco bell hot sauce my friend brought me last week, and the refried black beans I bought at Castroni next door - I can't wait for dinner burritos tonight! Woo hoo!

Romerican said...

roxanne9000:
burritos YUMMMMM. You have just inspired tonight's dinner!

ojak said...

Tragic update... :(

I went into Franchi today (Dec 2012) and there is no Cheddar. The counter said it was something to do with import problems. Ugh.

The hunt continues...

Romerican said...

ojak- OH NO!! I also once bought white cheddar at an Auchan (the one at Porta di Roma). Good luck on your cheddar hunt.

Anonymous said...

guys, i've just found a cheese shop that has got it. http://www.loretucci.it/formaggi/inghilterra-e-irlanda/cheddar-golden-paraffinato-detail.html

Romerican said...

Anonymous- GOOD FIND, thanks for the tip!!