noun, often capitalized
fon·​ti·​na | \ fän-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce fontina (audio) \

Definition of fontina

: a cheese that is semisoft to hard in texture and mild to medium sharp in flavor

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Recent Examples on the Web Semifirm or semisoft cheeses: Cheddar, Colby, Edam, fontina, Gouda, Havarti, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, Muenster, pepper Jack, Port-Salut, Swiss cheese. Alexa Weibel, New York Times, "Missing an Ingredient? Here’s What You Can Use Instead," 11 Apr. 2020 For the pizzas, the menu boasts four options, from the margherita — marinara, mozzarella, basil-- to the chicken pizza with alecia’s tomato chutney, sweet peppers, fontina, and arugula. Shauna Stuart |, al, "Frank Stitt to reopen Bottega for takeout and curbside service," 29 Apr. 2020 Everyone loves cauliflower, so make a casserole with tomatoes and goat cheese, a gratin made with Gruyère, fontina and pecorino or a whole roasted cauliflower with romesco (Go ahead. Margaux Laskey, New York Times, "our best Easter recipes," 6 Apr. 2020 Real Wisconsin brick cheese, white cheddar and fontina. cleveland, "We ate 130 frozen pizzas and ranked them, worst to best; Nos. 1-2 made by same company," 10 Mar. 2020 There are plenty of group-friendly menu options, including the Chef’s Board, a generous assortment of marinated olives, Italian salami, parma prosciutto, artichokes, fontina and fresh buffalo mozzarella. azcentral, "5 restaurants near San Francisco Giants spring training games at Scottsdale Stadium," 19 Feb. 2020 Negronis and glasses of wine were flowing, and then out came some complimentary apps, one of which rendered all of us speechless: Fried Castelvetrano olives stuffed with thyme and fontina. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "A Sustainable Snowboard, the Tastiest Appetizer Ever, and More Things to See and Do (and Eat) in the West This Week," 18 Feb. 2020 Each of the cheeses — the earthy fontina, smooth provolone, creamy mozzarella and sharp Parmigiano — is there with noticeable purpose. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Fratello’s Italian Market & Deli on Broadway a solid neighborhood option," 7 Feb. 2020 For example, the Pie Assassin pizza was created to complement its namesake IPA and combines arugula, fontina, prosciutto and tangerine zest. Anchorage Daily News, "Come for baguettes, stay for lunch: Fire Island bakeries branch out with sandwiches and pizza," 19 Sep. 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Fontina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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