The Cheese Shop

Cleveland's Fromage Destination

Located in the Historic West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio, The Cheese Shop offers an impressive imported & domestic cheese selection.  We maintain our unique niche by offering more than 175 traditional & rare cheeses from all over the world as well as a diverse line of specialty items.

We take pride in excellent customer service & exceptional quality –we encourage you to sample cheeses before purchasing to guarantee satisfaction.  We cut your cheese to order ensuring freshness & allowing you to determine the size to fit your needs.


Raw Cow's Milk
Italy, DOP
Aged: 3 months

This is the true Fontina & after which all other versions (Dutch Fontina, Italian Fontal & Fontinella) are modeled.  Emanating from the autonomous region of Valle d’Aosta in northwestern Piedmont, the provenance of this alpine cheese extends back to the 13th century.  The straw-colored paste is dense, semi-firm & dotted with little eyelets.  The flavor evokes the wild grasses & flowers on which the herds graze buttressed with a buttery, mild nuttiness & just a little bite.  When melted, like in fonduta or on pizza, the earthiness enhances & contributes to more depth of flavor.   

How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
— Charles de Gaulle

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