Academia Barilla Pecorino Gran Cru
In the heart of Parma's magnificent mile, just steps away from the city's historical monuments and main shopping streets, is Academia Barilla , dedicated to the art of Italian gastronomy. They believe that gastronomy is not mechanical, consisting simply of cutting, cooking, and mixing, but is cultural. The diversity in a country's cuisine does not exist solely in a list of recipes, but is represented in the identities of a country and her people, including both extraordinary cuisine and downright strange customs to an outsider. A place's cuisine exists in the memories of a people, in those who have passed along the knowledge and wisdom for centuries in the preparation of food, transforming oftentimes "poor" or marginal ingredients into masterpieces of taste and good health.

Their philosophy is to defend and safeguard Italian food products made by reputable artisans and certified denominations from poor-quality imitations, to promote and spread the understanding of these products and their role in traditional, regional Italian cuisine and to develop and support Italian gastronomy by investing in the restaurant industry's understanding and application of Italian culinary philosophy

Academia Barilla's products are made with the best ingredients and support local artisans, regional differences and innovation, while maintaining the most genuine traditions and the importance of educating people about taste, by means of cooking courses, gourmet food tours, and line of Academia Barilla products such as Academia Barilla Cheese.

For gourmet food lovers the Academia provides the not-to-be-missed opportunity to work alongside Academia Barilla chefs, allowing you to improve your kitchen techniques in practical, hands-on cooking classes.

The newest Academia Barilla Cheese offering is known as Academia Barilla Sardo Gran Cru which is aged for 20 Months. The texture of the cheese is velvety and compact and melts in your mouth. It is sweet and delicate with notes of herbs and wild Sardinian flowers. This particular Academia Barilla Cheese is perfect to eat alone as a snack, or paired with fruits. The flakes are a nice complement to appetizers, pasta dishes and entrees.