June 4 celebrates #NationalCheeseDay: so go get your fill! From European classics to artisan goat cheeses, a dairy good time is to be had visiting these five cheese-tastic business in Metro Vancouver.
No need to *curd* your enthusiasm here, just get your appetite ready!
By Avneet Takhar
Mercato di Luigi is Kitchen Table’s (Ask For Luigi, Di Beppe) newest location. It’s a quaint Italian grocer and cafe that carries a range of Italian products, pantry staples, dried and fresh pasta, and homemade sauces.
If you are a fan of Ask For Luigi, then you’ll love their daily pasta lunches served from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, and their selection of house-made grocery items to take home. There’s sliced caprino (perfect for muffulettas!), as well as mozzarella balls, grated parmigiano and pecorino that would make for a great pasta night in.
Eat in or take out, this is the real Italian experience, and this Google review is a reminder of just how good it is:
“I’m feeling so blessed the Luigi gods descended into my hood.”
Mangia! (in Italian that means ‘go eat!’)
Visit @mercatodiluigi and check out all their goods on Instagram.
Vancouver: 580 E 12th Ave
Serving locals since 1978, this international cheese retailer has many selections in store including cheddars from England and goudas from Holland as well as domestic varieties from BC, Ontario and Quebec. There’s even sheep cheese!
You can pick out what portions you’d like, and can also get advice about wine pairings.
@cheeseman.ca on Facebook for deals and weekly specials.
North Vancouver: 991 W 3rd St (Behind Capilano Mall)
A meat market & deli that’s been serving authentic Italian products for over two decades, Cioffi’s is cheese heaven! There’s truffle pecorino if you’re feeling bougie and fresh ricotta and mascarpone ideal for desserts, and they fly in burrata from Italy each week.
You can sample at the deli to find the cheeses that suit your preferences; a nice and tasty touch 😉
Visit @cioffismeatmarket on Instagram.
Burnaby: 4156 Hastings St
If a charcuterie board with wine pairings is your thing, look no further! This Spanish tasting room and wine bar was awarded Diners’ Choice 2023, and is all about the tapas-style of dining, with jamon (ham) and cheese at the centre of its experience. Various manchego cheeses are offered, including black truffle, black garlic and rosemary aged 12 months.
Reserve your spot on Open Table here.
@arc_iberico_imports on Instagram
Richmond: 1020- 12471 Horseshoe Way
This heritage family farm is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am- 5:30 pm and makes everything on location. There’s artisan goat cheese- the Tipsy Goat a Merlot-infused variation is definitely worth a try, and also goats milk gelato – Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Pumpkin Spice and many more delightful flavours await you!
Check out pics from the farm on their Instagram @milnervalleycheese
Langley: 21479 Smith Crescent
There are many ways to get here by transit. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.