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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Add to that list: Tartine Manufactory’s version made with Cowgirl Creamery’s Wagon Wheel, fontina, spring greens on country bread. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area restaurant pros share their favorite grilled cheese destinations," 12 Apr. 2018 The Sartori company, which employs roughly 500 workers in the state, earns just one-tenth of its revenue from exports to 49 countries of cheese like Parmesan, Cheddar, asiago, Gorgonzola, Romano and fontina. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade War Could Shut Cheesemakers Out of Foreign Markets," 24 June 2018 The meat is juicy, the bun is soft, and the fontina adds a perfect nutty component. Los Angeles Magazine, "3 Must-Try L.A. Dishes According to Milo & Olive Chef Erin Eastland," 17 Apr. 2018 The Dearborn: Brunch the day before and on Easter with items like a chanterelle mushroom and fontina omelet, salmon Florentine Benedict and lemon ricotta pancakes. Grace Wong,, "50-plus Easter brunch spots in Chicago and suburbs," 20 Mar. 2018 Remove from heat; stir in salt, pepper, then Gorgonzola, fontina and 3⁄4 cup Parmesan cheese. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Three-Cheese Macaroni with Spinach," 3 July 2013 Home cooks will find recipes for dishes like chicken pot pie, brussels sprouts with crispy bacon, toasted pecans and balsamic reduction, and asparagus fontina quiche. Jessica Fecteau,, "Joanna Gaines Reveals the Cover of Her First Cookbook Filled with Her 'Favorite Family Recipes'," 18 Dec. 2017 Fonduta Makes four 3-ounce portions 3 egg yolks 2 ½ tablespoons flour 1 cup milk 6 ½ ounces (about 2 cups, grated) fontina at room temperature Salt, if needed, to taste Place the egg yolks in a 2 to 4-quart sauce pan or pot. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "This Bar Vetti chef's menu combines Kentucky with traditional Italian fare," 12 Dec. 2017 This one mixed bacon with melted gruyere and fontina on semolina, fennel and golden raisin bread. Andy Staples,, "The 2018 Heisman Race: Examining 14 Early Frontrunners," 11 Dec. 2017

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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