Mazzaro’s Italian Market unveils 820-pound block of imported cheese, just in time for Christmas shopping

Mazzaro’s Italian Market unveils 820-pound block of imported cheese, just in time for Christmas shopping

large block of cheese outside Mazzaro's Italian Grocer

You cheddar believe it – an 820-pound block of cheese just got delivered to Mazzaro’s, and the Italian market says you’ll be able to get yourself a hunk of it by Christmas.

The cheese itself is a black wax Auricchio provolone that was aged for 24 months in Cremona, Italy. Considered one of the finest styles of provolone in the world, Auricchio provolone is particularly sharp and is a rare 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 last week and brought into the store on a forklift, as Mazzaro’s documented on their Facebook page. They said they expect to begin cutting and selling the beautiful provolone “a week or two before Christmas.”

Photo courtesy Mazzaro’s Italian Market

Mazzaro’s brings in massive block of cheese for Christmas

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).

Mazzaro’s plans to announce a date for sales of the 820-pound hunk soon, so stay tuned – this cheese is likely to sell out dairy fast.

In case you missed some delicious news…

Finally, the most beloved Italian Market in all of Tampa Bay is open at St. Pete-Clearwater Airport (PIE). Mazzaro’s Italian Market is praised for its vast selection of Italian favorites, massive sandwiches, incredible desserts, and superb customer service. Now, those flying into/out of PIE can shop Mazzaro’s.

Mazzaro’s Italian Market has opened at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport for departing travelers in Gates 7-11 post-security passenger area, according to a release from the airport. The market features a selection of Mazzaro’s favorite hot and cold sandwiches, flat breads, locally roasted coffees, and a signature wine, beer and cocktail list.

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