You cheddar believe it – an 837-pound block of cheese just got delivered to Mazzaro’s, and pretty soon, you’ll be able to get a hunk of it yourself at the Italian market. Mazzaro’s is holding a ceremonial first cutting on Wednesday, December 6 at 10 am, when the cheese will first become available for customers to buy. Be sure to get there soon after, as this cheese is always in sharp demand.
The cheese itself is a black wax Auricchio Stravecchio provolone that was aged for 18 months in Cremona, Italy. Considered one of the finest styles of provolone in the world, Auricchio provolone is particularly sharp and is an excellent treat for St. Pete. The gigantic package looks more like a torpedo than an Italian delicacy, but once Mazzaro’s cuts the cheese, the contents of the projectile will become the star of your next charcuterie board.
The enormous dairy delight was delivered on a semi and brought into the store on a forklift, as Mazzaro’s documented on their Facebook page. You can expect the cheese to be a popular Christmas gift in St. Pete this year, and Mazzaro’s is always a great place to grab a present for anyone on your list. With fresh ground coffee, handmade pasta, a smorgasbord of cheeses and a literal world of wine, spices and fresh-baked treats, it’s a must-stop for locals and visitors alike. If nothing else, its worth it for the experience (and for the hot sandwiches).