Italian Cheese Board for Two

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An Italian Cheese Board inspired by the flavors of Florence.

A board with cheeses, fruits and cold cuts

Last year my husband surprised me with a cruise to the Mediterranean, and one of the ports of call we visited was Livorno. And from there, we took several forms of transportation and ended up in Florence, Tuscany’s capital city.

A collage of sites in Italy

Florence is home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo, and the Medici family. A dream come true.

While in Florence, aside from enjoying the sites and culture, we got to eat too. Because when in Italy you need to enjoy the real deal Italian food!

Florence tourist sites

The Beauty of Florentine Cuisine.

The Florentine cuisine is simple and abundant with local produce, mellow cheeses, and grilled meats. White beans cooked with sage and olive oil are a staple dish among beautiful wines and the best homemade bread.

A plate with mandarin and blackberries part of the Italian cheese board for two

The restaurant where we decided to eat lunch was Verjus Boccadama; the menu showcased local, seasonal offerings. Our first course was an Italian cheese board for two with fontina cheese, local honey, walnuts, slices of the sweetest cantaloupe, pears, and oranges.

Two pictures of Florentine cuisine dishes including a small cheese board for two

We visited during the summer, so the fruits and veggies were all summertime harvest. The pairing of the ripe fruit with the cheese and the honey and homemade bread was a delight.

Florence and it’s proximity to the farmland and vineyards allow the restaurant chefs to embrace the farm to table concept by building their food offerings based on what is available locally and the seasons.

Romantic Wine Tasting at Home.

An Italian cheese board inspired by the flavors of Florence

Inspired by the Florentine cuisine, I created an Italian cheese board to reminisce on the incredible trip we made to Italy.

A hand holding a wine glass.

My Italian cheeseboard version includes fontina and provolone cheeses, honeycomb, crostini, seasonal fruits, nuts, salami, and olives. The wine pairing is a chilled Italian Pinot Grigio to go along with the food.

We do not realize, but traveling has helped us create so many memories together; and understand that even when we are not visiting other countries, we can use that experience to relive those special meals and moments at home.

Make the Italian Cheeseboard at home!

Enjoying wine and an Italian cheese board at home is fun and tasty

Tips for putting together an Italian Cheeseboard for Two.

  • Choose hard and soft cheeses—preferably Italian cheeses like Fontina and Provolone. As well as salami or other Italian cold cuts of your choice.
  • Look for Mediterranean style olives. Those that are green and black and come pitted and seasoned with spices.
  • Nuts are an important element on a cheeseboard. To keep with the Florentine cuisine theme, we added almonds and pistachios. But walnuts are a good option too.
  • Citrus, apples, and berries are now in season, so we added those choices too as pair well with white wine.
  • Honeycomb is a good replacement for jellies, commonly offered on a cheeseboard. Besides, honey is a beautiful natural product.
  • Bread and crackers are also needed. Choose soft and crunchy textures.
Italian Cheeseboard for Two

Italian Cheese Board for Two

Chef Adriana Martin
Inspired by the Florentine cuisine, we created an Italian cheese board with fontina and provolone cheeses, honeycomb, crostini, Opal apples, mandarins, blackberries, nuts, salami, and olives. The wine pairing is a chilled Italian Pinot Grigio to go along with the food.
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer or Side Dishes
Cuisine Italian Cuisine
Servings 2 people
Calories 1310 kcal

Equipment

  • Wooden board
  • Knife
  • Bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 6 slices fontina cheese
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 6 slices hard salami
  • 6 crostini toasts
  • 1/2 cup Mediterranean olives garnished with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and oregano
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds and pistachios
  • 1/3 cup honey and pieces of the honeycomb
  • 2 mandarins
  • 2 Opal apples
  • 1/2 cup blackberries

Instructions
 

  • Slice the cheese and the salami. Place it in a serving plate or slate board. Serve the honey on a cup and add crostini to the board. 
  • Season the olives with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix and garnish with dry oregano and plate on a small bowl. 
  • Finish the board adding unsalted almonds and pistachios and a handful of fresh blackberries. Add to the table set up the apples and the mandarins along with small plates. 
  • Pair the Italian Cheeseboard with chilled Pinot Grigio. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0gCalories: 1310kcalCarbohydrates: 115gProtein: 55gFat: 76gSaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 2426mgPotassium: 915mgFiber: 15gSugar: 81gVitamin A: 2176IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 1059mgIron: 3mg
Keyword cheeseboard, wine
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Ada

Oh wow, this looks so delicious! I love a good cheeseboard.

Lavara michelle

This sounds great! Anything with olives is a yes for me not to mention a trip to Italy!

Cindy Ingalls

This always reminds me of Eat, Pray, Love. There’s something comforting and indulgent about pouring a glass of wine and eating some delicious cheese, fruit, and nuts.

Amanda

Florence looks amazing! I like how your trips inspire you to share food recipes.

Dana Brillante Peller

Not sure if this was something offered when we visited Florence, but I would’ve LOVED to do this with my husband. Glad you were able to experience it.

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