Violetta Parmesan Knife - 13 cm Length - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter & Stainless Steel
The Violetta Parmesan Knife, handcrafted by artisans in Lombardy, Italy, using techniques perfected over centuries, is a truly authentic Parmesan knife, and the fusion of pewter handle and stainless steel blade combine to create an ergonomic design with considerable strength, essential for cutting the hardest of cheeses.
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Parmesan, or Parmigiano-Reggiano to give it its proper title, originates from Italy's Parma region, and only cheese stamped with the official Parmigiano Reggiano mark, as a guarantee of its origin, can be truly called Parmesan. It is one of the world’s most popular and iconic cheeses; some would crown it the “king of cheeses”, although Stilton-lovers may disagree! Suffice to say, it’s certainly part of the aristocracy!
Made with fragrant unpasteurised milk and carefully matured over a long period, anything from 18 to 48 months, Parmesan is a yellow, almost honey-coloured, hard grainy cheese with a crumbly texture and typically intense flavour - both tangy and piquant. Some would say that Parmesan perfectly embodies ‘umami’, the ‘savoury’ taste; one of the five basic taste types.
Because of Parmesan’s hardness, a unique style of knife evolved - sturdy, sharp and short – to deal with it; the Parmesan knife’s spear-point blade is forced into the cheese and then used as a lever to break off smaller portions. It can be used to slice the cheese as well, but slicing hard cheese is frowned upon by connoisseurs, as sliced cheese has less surface area, and therefore creates less flavour and scent.
Italians have been using Parmesan in their cooking for 800 years. There are innumerable uses of Parmesan; added to a classic Bolognese sauce, it gives the dish a meaty, nutty depth; Parmesan shavings can be deliciously partnered with all kinds of salads – pear, rocket and walnut an Italian favourite; or in its simplicity, slivers of matured Parmesan with a few drops of balsamic vinegar, or chunks of Parmesan with dry grissini at the start of a meal, are divine.
The Violetta Parmesan Knife complements a full range of cheese knives and flatware available in Cosi Tabellini's Violetta range.
The Violetta range of flatware and serving ware is an elegantly simple design with rectangular-shaped handles that taper softly at the tip, giving the cutlery a contemporary feel. The soft, warm hues of the pewter, combined with the simplicity in design, adds sophistication to any table setting, formal or informal.
The pewter handles of Violetta cutlery are made using a special technique: the molten pewter is directly cast onto the steel tips of the cutlery; this process forms what is really a single element in which the "hardness" of the steel discreetly dissolves into the "soft" surface of the pewter handle, more suitable for contact with the hands.
Size: Length 13 cm
Materials Used: Pewter, Stainless Steel
Designers: Alberto Tabellini & David Reiss
100% Lead Free
All Cosi Tabellini Pewter is 100% lead-free, so it is totally food & drink safe, and is both EU and US FDA approved.
Cosi Tabellini pieces come gift-boxed with a guarantee card and instructions on how to care for pewter.