TUNKHANNOCK — No matter which way you slice it, a cheesy debate has people talking.
A lot of cheeses may have European names, but are made in America.
Europe believes those American-made cheeses don’t measure up to the real thing and said they shouldn’t have the same name.
“It just is what it is. Let them do what they want in Europe and let us do what we want here,” said Douglas Boyd, a manger at Thomas’.
“This is a free country. We can call it whatever we choose to. No matter where it’s made. If it’s made in the US, better yet,” said Sidney DeBour from Tunkhannock.
Some of your favorite cheeses could get a new name, like Feta or Asiago, and what would you even call Parmesan?
“Smelly, but besides that I don’t even know what you’ll want to call it,” said Boyd.
The owner of Antonio’s Pizzeria, Chris Maruzzelli, in Tunkhannock said why change it now? “I also find it funny that they would wait 300 years to complain about it.”
He thinks if European leaders want the cheese change, they should come up with some new names, “There’s something magical about the Italian words, cities and towns that doesn’t always translate when you have to come up with a new term.”
Some of the cheese names in question include Muenster, Romano and Gorgonzola.
But it’s not just cheese. Bologna, Greek yogurt and Black Forest ham are also up for debate.
The EU has not announced any officials plans to change the cheese names yet, but the cheese could cause some chatter when officials from the us and Europe meet for upcoming trade talks.