Pronunciation: [BELL pah-AY-zay]
Translated as "beautiful country," Bel Paese is a popular semisoft Italian cheese with a mild, buttery flavor. The rind is thin, pale yellow and covered with wax; the pale yellow interior has small irregular eyes. Though originally and still made in a small town outside Milan, Bel Paese is now also produced in the United States. It can be served as a dessert cheese or for snacks and melts beautifully for use in casseroles or on pizza. See also cheese.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.