How to Spot the Difference Between Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parmesan Cheese in Stores

It can be easy to misclassify Parmigiano Reggiano and Parmesan cheese, especially if you’re not a cheese fancier. But after the Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Consortium invited me on a press trip to Parma, Italy, I was not only able to taste the difference, but really learn about the historic process of making Parmigiano Reggiano that truly puts it in a class of its own.

Are Parmigiano Reggiano and Parmesan different?

The two are completely different! One of the first things I learned on the trip to Parma was that Parmigiano Reggiano can only be made in Italy