Antonelli’s Cheese Shop | April 25, 2013

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

Bayley Hazen Blue - Half Wheel

Bayley Hazen Blue from Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT

As I sit here writing this, I can’t believe I am snacking on blue cheese with a fork. This chese is so different from anything I have had from the grocer, and I have had a lot of blue cheese over the past year. This one is Bayley Hazen Blue and the cheesemonger, Kelly at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop,  found it for me and let me taste it before buying. This cheese is from Jasper Hill Farms in Greensboro, Vermont and I want to move there. However, this won’t be necessary because Antonelli’s has it in their shop and I can get it anytime I want it. The Jasper Hill website describes Bayley Hazen as:

An anise spice character, creamy but firm texture, and a flavor profile reminiscent of coffee, chocolate and cured meats.

This is the most savory cheese I think I have ever eaten. Never would I have thought before yesterday that I would someday be snacking on blue cheese while watching TV, unaccompanied by anything else. Just the smallest piece on the tongue is so delicious.

Antonelli’s is in Hyde Park on Duval Street, across from Mother’s Cafe and Garden and adjacent to Hyde Park Bar and Grill. I stumbled upon it while walking to HPBG, did a head turn, and went inside for a fun tasting party. Kelly let me taste three honeys, three cheeses and some salame (having recently studied Italian, I am spelling it with an e at the end to indicate one; salami indicates more than one, I believe). I ended up buying two cheeses and 10 slices of salame.

Some of the cheeses come from as close as Blanco, Texas but many are from across the pond. In addition to cheeses and salami, like I said, they have wonderful honeys, wines, olives, marcona almonds, baguettes of bread and craft beers. There is a section of marmalades and jams, as well. All in all, it is a great experience to just drop in and treat your taste buds. Highly recommend!


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