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.

PRIMA DONNA

Cow's Milk
Netherlands
Aged: 16 months

Our much-loved diva of The Cheese Shop!  Prima Donna is like the ugly duckling of Goudas.  Told that their cheese did not meet the requirements to be officially called a Gouda, the cheese makers went ahead & made it anyway.  The result?  An impeccable flavor combination reminiscent of Parmigianno Reggiano’s savory sharp, salty bite & an aged Gouda’s sweet flavors of caramel & butterscotch.   Prima Donna’s ivory paste is adorned with button-sized holes leaching small amounts of moisture & that wonderful crystalline crunch of calcium lactate.  An excellent after-dinner cheese served with a sherry or Madeira wine, Prima Donna is also a great cheese to pack for trips or simply enjoy at home.    

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

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