Tuesdays with Murray: Salva Cremasco

Salva Cremasco cheese from Italy, bought at Murray's Cheese in Greenwich Village

Inspired by our frequent visits to Murray’s Cheese on Bleecker Street, and the thrill of always discovering something new there, we’ve started a new weekly series to highlight our finds.

This week I opted for something a bit more firm and pungent than last week’s Casatica di Bufala.

The Salva Cremasco, a cow’s milk cheese also from the Lombardy region of Italy, fit the bill perfectly. From the Italian word salvare—to save—the Salva started out as a cheese made with the excess milk the cows produced in the late spring, so it would not go to waste.

Salva Cremasco from Murray's Cheese in Greenwich Village New York City

Inside the caves where it is aged, the Cremasco looks a bit like a square rock with its craggy dark rind, but don’t let the rough exterior fool you. The cheese’s interior is pearly white, graduating into a cream color near the rind.

Salva Cremasco has a distinct milky flavor, but is still quite dry and tangy at the same time. The cave-aging gives a bit of mushroom-like depth and funkiness that compliments the milky texture.

Salva Cremasco spread on baguette, paired with an Italian red wine, Nero d'Avola

We savored our late afternoon snack with a fruity Italian red wine that went well with the cheese’s dryness. It was great both on its own and as an accompaniment to our pasta later in the evening.

- Ryan

What We Used: Slate Cheese Board // Natural Linen Napkin // Marta Double Old-Fashioned Glass


  1. pam
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 12:40:57

    the last photo sums up my favorite activity – discovering tasty cheeses and pairing them with a nice glass of wine. enjoy!


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Mar 07, 2012 @ 15:27:34

      One of the best ways to relax in the evening, in my opinion! -RS


  2. Anne Maxfield
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 17:19:30

    Funny, they gave me the same last week when I was there. It’s great and will certainly go into my ever-growing cheese roatation.


  3. Lilya
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 23:19:13

    Cheese + wine , one of the best combos in life!


  4. Allison
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 12:32:09

    I took a class on wines and cheese of Piedmont, Italy and fell in love with the balance of complexity and simplicity in the Italian cheeses. The detail, tradition and flavors are incredible!! It was intended to be a “appetizer” before going to dinner, but I loved the wines and cheese so much I indulged and made it my full meal. :) What kind of red wine did you drink?


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Mar 08, 2012 @ 19:19:20

      We had a Nero d’Avola. Super juicy and fruity! -LR


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Mar 08, 2012 @ 19:20:07

      P.S. Super jealous of your trip to Piedmont. I can also make a meal from wine and cheese—it’s sometimes better than a full meal.


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