Pizza Cheeses Beyond Mozzarella

Over a century ago, when the Margherita pizza was conceived in the Southern Italian city of Naples, there were three core ingredients to the dish: crushed tomato sauce, basil, and of course, cheese. Ever since then, cheese has been a star ingredient of pizza that simply cannot be omitted. In fact, we would argue that a pizza without cheese could hardly be considered pizza at all. While the aforementioned Margherita pizza features mozzarella di bufala, pizza has since developed over time to include many different types of cheeses beyond mozzarella – which is precisely what we’ll be looking at in today’s blog. Keep reading below for more information, or if you’re looking for great pizza in Boston, visit us at Rina’s Pizzeria & Cafe!


Though often found on Italian-inspired subs and sandwiches, provolone, as it turns out, pairs nicely with pizza as well. This is most likely due to the fact that provolone is mild, yet savory and tangy, making it an excellent choice for pizza. It also has a smooth and pleasant texture to it, and when it is added to pizza, it is nothing short of delightful. If you’re making pizza at home, why not consider adding provolone cheese to it? It has great flavor while not being too overbearing.


This creamy type of cheese hails from the Aosta region of Italy and has since been enjoyed by countless people across the globe, including many here in America. Being another savory cheese, fontina is a great choice for pizza, particularly if you enjoy cheese with a nutty flavor to it. Made from cow’s milk, consider trying Fontina when you have your next pizza!


While commonly found in pasta dishes, risotto, and many other Italian-inspired dishes, parmesan isn’t exactly known for having a close relationship with pizza. Despite this, parmesan can add a great deal of flavor and sophistication to any pizza, particularly when it is grated or shredded on top.

Come Into Rina’s for Pizza & More in Boston’s Historic North End!

Located on bustling Hanover Street in the North End, Rina’s Pizzeria & Cafe is your place for delicious, authentic, and quality pizza, pasta, salads, and more. See our menu in full detail on our website, or get in touch with us at 617.456.5700 to speak with a member of our team. We hope to hear from you soon – or better yet – see you here for your next meal of pizza, pasta, or anything else that you find on our menu!

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