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What is Fontinella Cheese?

Tricia Christensen
Updated May 16, 2024
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Fontinella® cheese should not be confused with the Italian made fontina cheese, which is a creamy semi-hard cheese that is celebrated. Fontinella®, though sounding Italian, is actually made in North America, and has been produced for roughly a century. It is also a semi-hard cheese, but it has a tangy flavor, melts well and has a creamy texture that many people enjoy.

Right now the only brand that produces Fontinella® cheese on a widescale basis is the Stella label, which is a subset of the Saputo Cheese Company. Saputo manufactures and distributes cheeses in both the US and Canada. However Saputo’s fontinella® cheese is manufactured exclusively in the US and the cheese name is a registered trademark.

Given that it is currently only manufactured by one company, it’s fairly easy to describe. Stella Fontinella® cheese is a cow’s milk cheese, white in color, and deriving tang from several months of aging. It is made in rounds but usually sold in half pound to pound increments (.23-.45 kg). Price will vary depending upon your vendor, but you can expect to pay about $6-$8 US Dollars (USD) per half pound.

You can use Fontinella® in a variety of ways. Its tangy flavor makes it excellent served just as is, or paired with other cheeses and fruits on a cheese plate. It can add spice and flavor as part of the mix of cheeses that top a pizza, or you can grate or cube it for delicious chef salads. It makes a good substitute for parmesan, asiago, and romano cheese, and can easily be used in place of these cheeses over pasta or to top minestrone soup.

Sandwiches or panini (grilled sandwiches) can be excellent in taste with Fontinella® cheese. Try a thin slice or two with grilled veggies or to compliment sweet ham. Alternately, grate a bit of the cheese over bruschetta for delicious flavor. You can also add it to omelets or quiche to give sharp tanginess to these.

As expected with whole milk cheese, calorie content is not exactly low. A one-ounce (28.35 g) serving has 110 calories. It also contains a whopping 28% of the US recommended daily allowance of saturated fat, and is fairly high in sodium. In moderation, though, Fontinella&reg: cheese can be an excellent addition to many meals. You’ll find the cheese at many large grocery stores, and delis, or you can order it from quite a few Internet companies.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a DelightedCooking contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

Discussion Comments

By anon997821 — On Mar 05, 2017

Interesting description: "...white in color...". Is that opposed to, for example, white in taste? Smell? Texture?

By anon353860 — On Nov 03, 2013

When I cut fontinella cheese it has a white liquid that comes out. Why?

By anon147769 — On Jan 30, 2011

can I use this cheese in mac and cheese. It calls for fontina cheese. I couldn't find it. I thought the two were the same.

By anon147767 — On Jan 30, 2011

does this cheese work well with homemade mac and cheese.

By anon109734 — On Sep 08, 2010

I live in Elkhart In. I have enjoyed Fontinella for 15 years and there is no replacement. If you like wine and crackers with cheese, fontinella makes an excellent match.

By anon41516 — On Aug 15, 2009

Meijer carries Fontinella cheese by Stella.

By anon35780 — On Jul 07, 2009

Can't find Fontinella either; have been using Asiago. Texture and flavor both seem pretty close to the Fontinella we've had in restaurants.

By anon35172 — On Jul 02, 2009

Try Kasseri, also made by Stella. It's very similar to Fontinella.

By anon33412 — On Jun 05, 2009

I need a replacement for fontinella.

By cfrmom — On Dec 16, 2008

The grocery store that usually carries Stella Fontinella, no longer does. I need a substitute. Can I use fontina? It's just for a salad - also uses shredded provolone.

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