Price Check: Parmigiano-Reggiano

Sure, some Parmigiano-Reggiano comes from particularly well-bred cows, and some is aged longer than others, and so on. I believe you. But in the end, aren't most of us mostly just looking for the stamp on the rind that tells us it's the real thing? That and the assurance that the hunk we're bringing home wasn't cut weeks ago and allowed to dry out...

Ignoring the details that may make it worth it for the most discerning consumers to pay top dollar, we decided to take a look at the King of Cheese's local bottom line. We called ten stores and found a range from $7.99 to $18.49 per pound. Mama Mia.

Teitel Brothers: $7.99/pound 2372 Arthur Ave (718) 733-9400

Sahadi's: $11.25/pound 187 Atlantic Ave (718) 624-4550

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Whole Foods: $12.99/pound (recently down from $16.99/pound) 40 E 14th Street (212) 673-5388

Murray's Cheese: $12.99/pound 254 Bleecker Street (212) 243-3289

Russo's Mozzarella and Pasta: $12.99/pound 344 E. 11th Street 212-254-7452

Alleva Dairy: $13/pound 188 Grand Street (212) 226-7990

Fresh Direct: $13.99/pound or $11.99/pound if over one pound

Buon Italia: $15.35/pound (Inside Chelsea Market) 75 9th Ave (212) 633-9090

Zabar's: $17/pound 2245 Broadway (212) 787-2000

Bedford Cheese Shop: $18.49/pound 229 Bedford Ave (718) 599-7588

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