8 Best Montasio Cheese Substitutes


This is the ultimate guide on some great substitutes you can use to replace Montasio Cheese. 

After thorough research on notes and reviews left by chefs and food bloggers around the world and a couple of taste tests, I have compiled this one-stop list. 

So, let’s get right into it. 

Best Montasio Cheese Substitutes

The Best Montasio Cheese Substitutes are- Asiago, Parmigiano Reggiano/Parmesan, Emmental, Gruyere, Fontal, Gouda, Latteria, and Piave.

They are discussed in detail here-

1. Asiago 

Asiago is a great substitute if you are looking for similar flavors and textures compared to Montasio.

They share the nutty and buttery taste along with the super meltable quality that makes Asiago a great addition to pizza, pasta, and salad recipes, much like Montasio.

How to Substitute? 

Because of their similar textures and flavors, you can replace Montasio with equal measures of Asiago cheese. 

Check out this pasta recipe by “deepfriedhoney” on YouTube, to try when you have run out of Montasio cheese – 

2. Parmigiano Reggiano/Parmesan 

You might be able to more easily get your hands on parmesan cheese than Montasio, and it is a great substitute for Montasio in most recipes.

Though parmesan has a stronger flavor, it shares more or less the same flavor profile with Montasio.

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute Montasio cheese with parmesan in a 1:1 ratio. But because parmesan cheese is stronger in flavor and saltiness, you can adjust the seasoning accordingly by starting small and adding more as you go. 

3. Emmental 

Emmental (Swiss cheese) is a great substitute for Montasio if you are looking for similar alpine flavors.

It melts wonderfully and has the same earthy and nutty flavors that Montasio cheese offers. It is milder than Montasio but still works perfectly well in all recipes. 

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute Montasio cheese with equal measures of Emmental cheese in any recipe. It is an especially great alternative to the frico recipe.

4. Gruyere 

Another nutty and melty cheese that you can easily find in stores and can replace Montasio cheese wonderfully.

This alpine cheese is salty and nutty with richer flavors than Montasio cheese. It works well in frico and pasta recipes.

How to Substitute? 

You can replace Montasio cheese with equal portions of Gruyere cheese. Since Gruyere is on the saltier side, you could adjust the seasoning to get the right flavors. 

Check out this creamy Gruyere cheese pasta recipe to try instead of a Montasio cheese recipe – 

5. Fontal

Fontal is yet another alpine cheese with nutty and buttery flavors but with notes of tanginess.

It is mild in flavor (you could opt for its relative cheese Fontina for stronger flavors), and an accessible choice for Montasio substitute.

They work well on pizzas and almost any other Montasio cheese recipe.

How to Substitute? 

You could substitute Montasio cheese with Fontal in equal measures. But keep in mind that Fontal cheese has a sweeter aftertaste and there will be slight changes in the final flavor of the dish. Nevertheless, it’ll be yummy. 

6. Gouda 

If you are not afraid of bolder flavors, you could opt for Gouda as a substitute for Montasio cheese in its recipes, especially frico.

Moreover, gouda is an easy find at most stores. Keep in mind that the aged Gouda will be s

How to Substitute? 

Gouda can replace Montasio cheese in a 1:1 ratio. If you are using a well-aged Gouda, you might want to dial down on the seasoning as it can be saltier than young Gouda or smoked Gouda.

For a quick and easy pasta recipe with Gouda cheese, check out this tutorial by “Andreas’s Cooktales” on YouTube – 

7. Latteria

Made from either cow’s milk or goat’s milk, this creamy soft cheese is a great substitute for Montasio cheese in most recipes.

It has sharper flavors with notes of acidity and sweetness. The flavors become stronger than Montasio as the Latteria cheese ages.

How to Substitute? 

Keeping in mind that the flavors can be different from Montasio cheese, you can replace Latteria cheese in Montasio recipes for a 1:1 measure. If it is well-aged Latteria you might want to adjust the ratio for better taste. 

8. Piave

Piave is often compared to young Parmigiano Reggiano, with sweeter and milder flavors. It makes a great substitute for Montasio cheese in pasta, salad, or baking recipes.

As it ages the sweet taste intensifies, so it is best to use the less-aged version for better flavor similarity.

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute Piave cheese in Montasio recipes as you would with Parmesan, in equal measure. Although there may be slight flavor differences, the recipe should turn out great and taste good. 

Bottom Line 

I hope this article helped you a great substitute for Montasio cheese!

Feel free to share this article with your family and friends who would love some frico. 

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About Marie Thomas

Marie is a food enthusiast who has always wanted to have her own food blog. She loves cooking and experimenting with new recipes, and she can't wait to share them with the world when she finally launches her blog! When Marie isn't in the kitchen cooking up something delicious or writing about her adventures at home or on vacation, you might find Marie taking care of her family and enjoying time with friends.

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