Grana Padano is considered an excellent grating cheese, which makes it a great complement to many foods, such as salads and pasta. It is also a good melting cheese for cooking. Grana Padano is very similar to Parmigiano-Reggiano but has been aged for less time and has a more delicate flavor. It is also less expensive than Parmigiano-Reggiano, which is produce only during a specific time of the year. Grana Padano is more readily available because it is produced all year round.
When shopping for Grana Padano, it may be possible to find cheeses that are branded as “Grana” but have not been certified by the Consorzio as being true Grana Padano cheese. In these cases, the cheeses have been misbranded and are incorrectly labeled.