Pamigiano-Reggiano is a traditional, unpasteurized, hard cheese made from cow's, skimmed milk. The cheese is produced into a large drum shape with a very hard, yellow to orange rind which is inedible. A whole wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano weighs between 66 to 88 pounds. This crumbly cheese has a fat content between 28% to 32% so lower in fat than most cheeses.
This is the premier Parmesan cheese used for grating on pastas, salads or even in sauces. For the best value select cut pieces with the least amount of rind. You can also serve this cheese on your cheeseboard with Prosciutto and fresh fruit. Server with a good Chianti or try a Barbera.
Any good cheese shop sells this cheese and it's widely available in good markets and delis. Whole Foods Market stocks it and you can check for it at Trader Joe's as well. You can also purchase it online at Amazon: Parmigiano Reggiano