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

Examples of fontina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An asparagus and fontina frittata, liberally sprinkled with fresh herbs and a touch of lemon, and very springlike, is ideal on an Easter brunch table., 30 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 6 Apr. 2020 Real Wisconsin brick cheese, white cheddar and fontina. cleveland, 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, 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, 18 Feb. 2020 Each of the cheeses — the earthy fontina, smooth provolone, creamy mozzarella and sharp Parmigiano — is there with noticeable purpose. Chuck Blount,, 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fontina

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Fontina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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