10 Types of Pizza Cheese and How to Use Each One

There are many variables to consider when aiming to make the best pizza. Cheese is one of those variables, which can determine if your customers enjoy your pizza or if they're left scratching their heads and feeling cheated.

Most people have a particular cheese they love or a cheese they despise. Let's delve into the wonderful world of pizza cheese and figure out which one is best for making pizza.

1. Mozzarella 

This Italian cheese is made from cow's milk and comes in fresh and aged varieties. It has the perfect taste, texture, and melting point for pairing with your pizza. It's also very mild, which allows the flavors of your sauce and toppings to shine through.

Mozzarella is the standard cheese for most pizzas and is also the most popular because, as BBC's Veronique Greenwood says, it brings out the perfect browning pattern synonymous with pizza. 

This low-carb cheese contains more protein than most other types, making it an excellent choice for individuals who are counting calories and watching their diets. If you're looking to pander to the masses, this is your best bet.

2. Provolone

Provolone is an Italian cheese similar to mozzarella but with a much sharper taste. It goes well on pizza, but it isn't as universal as mozzarella.

It's best to use this cheese with a particularly intense sauce or toppings. Nutrition-wise, provolone isn't as good of a choice as mozzarella. If you're using a healthier sauce or trying to cut back on calories, don't use provolone.

3. Feta

This is a Greek cheese that's often made from sheep's milk. It's incredibly tangy, salty, and crumbly - which means it doesn't melt particularly well. However, if you want a powerful cheese flavor, this is the one to go with.

Pizza is one of the few dishes where this cheese shines, so make sure the rest of your toppings are nothing to scoff at. According to Healthline magazine, Feta cheese is packed with proteins, calories, and vitamins, so it's a great addition to any pizza.

4. Parmesan

Most people know this as the cheese you put on spaghetti. However, it's also a great pizza cheese! Parmesan is made from cow's milk and has a rich, nutty flavor. It melts well and is also quite salty, so if you pair it with a flavorful sauce or topping, your customers are in for a real treat!

Parmesan is best used on white pizzas because it doesn't go well with red sauces. You can also use it in small quantities to add a lot of flavors to your dish.

5. Ricotta

Ricotta is a creamy cheese made from sheep's milk or cow's milk. It's very mild, so it goes well with all kinds of sauces. It also melts quite well, but it doesn't have a very strong flavor.

Some people prefer to use ricotta as a substitute for cream on their pasta. The same goes for pizza - it's best to combine ricotta with something stronger like mozzarella or Parmesan.

Pizza purists may not appreciate it, but your customers are sure to love this unique twist on the classic dish.

6. Gouda Cheese

Gouda is a Dutch cheese made from cow's milk and has a very mild, sweet flavor. It melts well and goes great with both meat and vegetable toppings. It's better for more gourmet pizzas, but it can also be used if you want to add a bit of sophistication to your menu.

Gouda is best used in small amounts because it can easily overpower other flavors. Nutrition-wise, gouda is high in fat and calories, so it's not a great choice if you're on a diet. Gouda is an excellent choice for creative and experimental chefs looking to experiment with new ingredients.

7. Blue Cheese

Blue cheese is a very savory and tangy cheese made from cow's milk. It's an excellent pairing for strong sauces and toppings. However, it can easily overpower any other flavors on your dish, so go easy when you're using it.

Blue cheese works beautifully in small doses - just enough to add a hint of flavor without making your dish too overwhelming. Pizza is one of the few dishes that really shines, so don't shy away from trying this unique cheese!

8. Parmigiano-Reggiano

Parmigiano-Reggiano is made from cow's milk and has a rich, nutty flavor. Like Parmesan, it's also quite salty and crumbly. It goes well on pizza and melts quite well. However, it's not very easy to work with, so make sure you know what you're doing before you get started.

Nutrition-wise, it's not the best option. It's very high in calories and sodium - two things that can be bad news for your customers - so try to limit your portions and be smart about what you pair it with.

9. Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar is an English cheese that's made from cow's milk. It's sharp, salty, and crumbly, and melts well. It's a good pizza cheese because it complements both savory and sweet flavors quite well.

Cheddar is best used with sauces of all kinds. It's pretty versatile, but you can experiment to see what works best for your menu! It is rich in calcium, so it's also a healthier option than most pizza cheeses.

10. Fontina

Fontina is an Italian cheese that's soft, creamy, and made from cow's milk. It's very mild and melts well, and it has a subtle nutty flavor that goes great with both sweet and savory dishes. Fontina is also a healthier option for most people because it's low in fat.

However, you should note that it contains more sodium than most cheeses, so keep an eye on your sodium intake. Pizza made with Fontina is an excellent option for people who want to avoid greasier dishes.

In conclusion, choosing the right pizza cheese can be a daunting task with so many options available. However, knowing what to look for and where to find it makes the process easier. If you know your cheese, you can give your menu an Italian twist without spending too much time or money! 

Any of the above cheeses would be a great addition to any pizzeria's menu, but it's always best to see what your customers want first.

It's also important to note that you can always use more than one kind of cheese on your pizza! If you want to make a vegetarian pizza, you could use Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Ricotta. If you want something with a little more pizzazz (and calories), you could use Mozzarella, Parmesan, Roquefort, and Gouda. 

There are no limits when it comes to pizza cheese - just be sure to use what works for you! 

If you are a newbie at making pizza, you can check out this video for some valuable tips on making the perfect cheese pizza. You will also learn how to spot a good cheese from a bad one and how to add the ingredients for a tasty pizza.

About the author

Kyle Jacobs, the creator of artisanpizzaovens.net, has been cooking for a very long time but has been specializing in artisan pizzas for the the past 10 years. He lives in Denver Colorado with his wife and 5 year old daughter who happens to be his official tester for new pizza ideas.

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