What are the best cheese varieties to use on Pinsa Romana?

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Cheese options for Pinsa Romana

Love pizza but tired of same old same old? You’ll definitely want to take a look at Pinsa Romana! 

Also known as roman-style pizza, this delectable dish is becoming a new Italian sensation and is now gaining popularity in cafes all over the world.

That said, pinsa bases are beautifully light and crisp, but its also all about the toppings – chuck a ton of cheap cheddar on there and really you are missing the whole concept of pinsa romana – light, delicate and healthier than pizza.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the best cheese options to elevate your Pinsa Romana experience.

Mozzarella

Let’s start with the classic choice. Mozzarella cheese is a staple on most authentic pizzas, and for good reason. Its mild, creamy flavour and stretchy texture make it a perfect match for Pinsa Romana. It’s such a crowd-pleaser, so you can’t go wrong with this choice.

There are a few options though, and our recommendation is to use a good quality buffalo mozzarella, torn up and added to the pizza after cooking, or in the last minute or two if you want a more melted effect.

For a more layered flavour experience (aka more fat :)), add a little grated or diced dry mozzarella prior to cooking and then the torn buffalo after cooking.

Parmesan

For a more intense flavour, try sprinkling some Parmesan cheese on top of the sauce on your Pinsa Romana prior to cooking. This hard, salty cheese adds a sharpness that pairs well with the slightly sweet tomato sauce and crispy crust. It’s also a great option for those who are lactose intolerant, as it contains very little lactose.

Blue cheese (creamy style such as Yorkshire Blue or Castello)

If you’re a fan of blue cheese, but Gorgonzola is a bit far up the Richter Scale for you, a creamy blue cheese is the perfect choice for you. Its rich, tangy, but mild flavour adds a unique twist to the Pinsa Romana. It also pairs well with other toppings like caramelized onions, prosciutto, honey and wild rocket.

Ricotta

For a lighter, less savoury cheese option, try using Ricotta. This fresh, creamy cheese has a subtle sweetness that complements the tomato sauce perfectly. It also adds a nice texture contrast to the crispy crust. Ricotta is also a great option for vegetarians as it contains no animal rennet and a good option for a sweetpizza, if mascarpone is not available.

Pecorino Romano

Another low-lactose variety, as the name suggests, this cheese is a classic pairing with Pinsa Romana. Pecorino Romano is a hard, salty cheese made from sheep’s milk. Its sharp, nutty flavour adds a depth of flavour to the Pinsa Romana that is hard to resist.

Burrata

For a decadent option, try topping your Pinsa Romana with Burrata. This creamy, soft cheese is made from mozzarella, “stracciatella” and cream and has a buttery texture that melts in your mouth. It pairs well with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes for great summer eating.

Smoked Gouda

If you’re looking for a smoky, savoury flavour, try using Smoked Gouda. This amazing Dutch cheese has a rich, almost bacon-like flavour that adds a unique twist to the Pinsa Romana. It pairs well with spicy toppings like pepperoni or jalapenos.

Feta

For a Mediterranean twist, try using Feta cheese on your Pinsa Romana. This crumbly cheese has a tangy, salty flavour that pairs well with olives, sundried tomatoes, and roasted red peppers. It’s also a great option for those who are lactose intolerant, as it contains very little lactose and will hold its shape rather than melting, for a different mouth feel.

Asiago

This hard cheese has a nutty, slightly sweet flavour that pairs well with the tomato sauce and crispy crust of the Pinsa Romana. It’s also contains very little lactose for those that have intolerances in this regard.

Vegan Cheese Options for Pinsa Romana

Honestly, we can’t go past the amazing Julienne Bruno range, which would fool many into thinking that they contain dairy products:

Our favourites are Burella instead of Burrata and Superstraccia instead of Buffalo Mozzarella.

Conclusion

Pinsa Romana offers a beautiful, nutritious base to a whole host of cheese toppings, and whatever your dietary needs or flavour profile, you’ll find a cheese that pairs perfectly with your version of Pinsa!