A well-crafted artisan cheese can be the perfect accompaniment to an evening of wine and friends, the perfect top off to the best sandwich ever or just the ingredient you need to take your fondue recipe to the next level. If you are a cheese lover in Pittsburgh, you have the good fortune of being near some of the best dairy farms on the east coast and also close to some of the best Amish cheese-makers in the country. If you are looking for shops where you can find all of that cheesy goodness in Pittsburgh, here are some great places to procure some great artisan cheeses.
Pennsylvania Macaroni Company
2010-12 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Penn Mac is the first shop that comes to mind for many when they want to find the perfect cheese. Located in the Strip District, Pennsylvania Macaroni Company has a huge selection of cheeses from all over the world. The shop also has a nice selection of Allegheny Mountain Cheeses from the nearby Cook Forest. Selections include delicious hickory smoked Swiss, classic provolone, hickory smoked garlic and sharp cheddar. Pennsylvania Macaroni Company also offers a variety of Italian food options such as sausage, bread and tomato products, so you’ll be able to find all the great ingredients for a meal here.
Wheel & Wedge
344 North Sheridan Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
If you are visiting the Farmer’s Market Co-op of East Liberty on a Saturday morning, you can snag some cheeses from the Wheel & Wedge. Wheel & Wedge specializes in Pennsylvania cheeses, such as Schofkase cheese from Riverview Diary in Clarion County. This cave-aged raw sheep’s milk cheese is made in a pecorino style and is gaining a following among cheese lovers. Or try the aged cheddar from Clover Creek in Blair County, made from the milk of grass fed cows.
375 Berry Road
Washington, PA 15301
At the Amish Touch you can enjoy hand crafted Amish products without the 3-5 hour drive. This includes a selection of crafted Amish cheeses from well known makers such as Walnut Creek and Troyer Cheese. Enjoy famous Guggisberg Swiss, smoked provolone, asiago and sharp cheddar all available by the pound. Create a tasty cheese board with crafted Amish meats, seasoned olives and pickles.
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Shenot Farm And Market
3754 Wexford Run Road
Wexford, PA 15090
Among the fresh produce, bakery and dairy items available at Shenot Farm and Market is a nice selection of regional cheese. You can find cheese selections from Laubscher Cheese from nearby Mercer County. Try the smoked gouda, smoked sharp cheddar, brie, feta or asiago. Pair it with some fresh bread or fruit also available at the Shenot Farm for a perfect local artisanal cheese tray.
East End Food Co-op
7516 Meade St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
East End Food Co-op believes that you do not need to go to a distant land to enjoy good cheese. The Co-op has a nice selection of American artisanal cheeses with a focus on cheeses made in the Eastern US. The Co-op has one of the best selections of locally made cheeses around, and you are sure to find a new favorite there. The cheeses available are all naturally made and free of antibiotics and growth hormones.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.