Want to make a substitution that will instantly enliven any cheese dish? Replace the cheese (or part of the cheese) in your pizza, pasta, sandwich, or salad with Gorgonzola. It partners well with everything from delicate crackers to robust meats. And because it's distinct yet complimentary and lovely to look at, it makes a perfect party platter choice, too. Besides, it's fun to say "Gorgonzola" when people ask you what it is (you can also tell them that it was originally made in caves in Italy). Pair milder Gorgonzola with fruity white wines and stronger with robust red wines.

Gorgonzola and figs, either fresh or dried, are great together as an appetizer or a snack. Substitute Gorgonzola for all or part of the Parmesan on your favorite pizza, or add to any pasta dish or grilled sandwich for a flavorful change of pace.

Flavor Profile

  • Can be mild or stronger and more acidic, depending on aging
  • Generally salty, slightly spicy, pungent
  • Strong, distinctive smell

Nutritional Highlights

  • Good source of protein, calcium, and phosphorus
  • High in sodium and saturated fat

General Use

  • Polenta
  • Salad dressing
  • Pizza
  • Risotto
  • Fondue
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Bruschetta
  • Serve at room temperature


  • Fruit
  • Crackers
  • Pasta (penne, rigatoni)
  • Grilled meats