Fantello Farmstead Creamery makes a select few cheeses in small batches. What they make, they make exceedingly well. Take Filomena for example. This raw, Jersey cow milk raclette-style cheese is profoundly complex and ooh-la-laly toothsome. It can melt with the best of ’em, but it is also an organoleptic powerhouse on its own. It has the typical raclette funky undertones, thanks to its brine baths, but it also displays savory nuances like roast beef, cooked cabbage, scrambled eggs, and loaded baked potato generously dolloped with sour cream. Oh, and that texture! Filomena has an agreeable chew and a coating creaminess that lingers in the very best way. Overall, it gets a cheesemonger A+.
Photo from Courtney Johnson.