Yorkshire Pecorino (Fresco)

Yielding, soft and yoghurty-rich.

  • Pasteurised
  • Sheep's Milk

This Yorkshire Pecorino Fresco (‘young Pecorino’) is only 30 days old, and like all classic Italian young cheeses is smooth, yoghurty and sweet. You could easily over-indulge…

Made by Mario Olianas in Otley, near Leeds, West Yorkshire.

More about this

Brought in up Sardinia, Mario Olianas comes from a strong family of Italian gastronomes.

Moving to Leeds in 2001, he quickly set about realising his passion for food – by setting up Italian supper clubs and baking fine foods. Upon hearing about his family’s diversification into cheese-making, however, Mario decided he wanted to create a better Italian cheese than his brothers’.  Getting hold of a small vat, he started making cheese in a specially converted room within his house, following an adapted Pecorino recipe. He uses fresh sheep’s milk which he collects daily from just outside Harrogate, and cultures imported from Italy.

This cheese is based on the classic Pecorino Fresco from Italy.  Most people know the Sardo or Romano varieties of Pecorino, which are hard, dry-aged versions (these were the common types exported from Italy as they travelled well), however in the southern Italy and Italian island villages they also made young (fresco) and semi-soft (semi-stagionato) versions, which were rarely exported.

Mario’s Yorkshire Pecorino is based on the fresco, young version.  Soft and yielding in texture it has a thin undulating rind and is aged for 30 days.

Ingredients: Milk, salt, cheese cultures and rennet.

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Customer reviews

  1. Angela Mulroy

    This cheese is absolutely stunning and the Pecorino Blue is full of flavour and gorgeous with an Italian white wine.

  2. Jake Robinson + the girls

    Hosted a lairy cheese night recently which got a little out of hand (doesn’t it always with the white wine nearby!!!). Mario’s Yorkshire Pecorino is simply sublime: it’s like a heaven’s kiss when you least expect it!! Just lovely xx

  3. vicki Taylor

    visited the shop and tasted this and fell in love,by far one of the nicest cheeses ive ever tried will be returning to buy more

  4. Paul

    I got some Yorkshire pecorino as a gift. I have to how lovely this was, compared to Italian pecorino it is absolutely perfect.
    It’s got the lovely creamy and nutty taste.
    It’s great to have with some fresh crusty bread with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

  5. adrian ferranti

    Ordered today and I’m sure it’s going to be fantastic I’ve got a couple of bottles of Pecorino wine in so I’ll have it with that, yes you heard correct Pecorino wine,

  6. adrian ferranti

    Arrived today, well packed, tried a piece and it was delicious, definatly ordering again Thank you Grazie

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