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    Default slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    Hi, I'd like to know if I can say both

    1. This pizza is topped with flakes of Parmesan cheese
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    2. This pizza is topped with slivers of Parmesan cheese

    If both are acceptable, is there any difference between them?

    Thanks. Rip.

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    Default Re: slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    Try the word shavings or shaved slices.

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    Default Re: slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Hi, I'd like to know if I can say both

    1. This pizza is topped with flakes of Parmesan cheese
    and

    2. This pizza is topped with slivers of Parmesan cheese

    If both are acceptable, is there any difference between them?

    Thanks. Rip.
    I usually throw a pile of grated Parmesan cheese on my pizza.

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    Default Re: slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    Can't you have both grated Parmesan and Parmesan shavings?

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    Default Re: slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    Sure can, IMO.

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    Default Re: slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    It depends on how posh the restaurant is.

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    Default Re: slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    Are the expressions with flakes or slivers not acceptable?
    Why?

    Rip.

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    Default Re: slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Can't you have both grated Parmesan and Parmesan shavings?
    Of course, you can. I have had Parmesan cheese on my Caesar Salad with both grated Parmesan cheese and shaved Parmesan cheese. Both are great!

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    Default Re: slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Are the expressions with flakes or slivers not acceptable?
    Why?

    Rip.
    The word "sliver" suggests a very tiny, very small amount of something. Yes, you can use it as well, Ripley. And flake is fine as well. The first one suggests a small amount, the second one is more about the shape. Those terms are all being used.

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    Default Re: slivers or flakes of Parmesan cheese

    I want to refer to parmesan "fragments"; so from your reply I understand that the word "flake" is a better choice than sliver. am I right?
    Thanks. Rip.

    I can eat Parmesan cheese everyday !!! (Hi, hi; )
    Bye form Italy
    Rip

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