Italian Cheeseboard for Two

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An Italian Cheeseboard inspired by the flavors of Florence.

Italian Cheeseboard for Two

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, the capital city of Tuscany.

Arrival to Florence

Florence is the home of 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!

Our Florence memories

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 with beautiful wines and best homemade bread.

Using fresh seasonal fruits in an Italian cheeseboard is a common thing

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

Florentine cuisine

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 along with 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 Cheeseboard inspired by the flavors of Florence

Inspired by the flavors of that Florentine appetizer, I created an Italian Cheeseboard to reminisce on the incredible trip we made to Italy.

Cheers to Florence and Italian wines

My version for the Italian cheeseboard 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 to 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 cheeseboard at home is fun and tasty
Italian Cheeseboard for Two

Italian Cheeseboard for Two

Chef Adriana Martin
Inspired by the Florentine cuisine, we created an Italian cheeseboard 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

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: 0gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgPotassium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
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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