Tre Numeri Parmesan, the King of Formaggi

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Cheese is a staple on any Italian dinner table. For Passport Italy, we’ve stocked our shelves with over 30 fine Italian cheeses and invited cheesemakers to share their specialties with in-store visits and samplings.

While your taste buds will surely be dazzled by the dozens of specialty cheeses you'll find in our stores, you won't want to miss the prized tre numeri, or “three digit,” Parmigiano-Reggiano, made on select farms in the historic Reggio Emilia province.

All the world's authentic Parmesan is produced in highly regulated regions of Northern Italy—namely the Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna, and Mantua regions. Our Parm comes from the Reggio Emilia region, which lies at the heart of the Parm-producing area, making it the region that most closely produces Parm as it was made almost eight centuries ago.

The Parm-producing regions developed a system over the years for tracking their wheels, stamping each wheel with an identification code. While other Parmesans are identified with four digits, only the best of the best can be branded as tre numeri. Our Parm is aged 20-24 months – roughly 33% longer than the minimum aging time – producing a creamy yet grainy taste with a caramel-like finish. Delizioso!