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Bel Paese

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.

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