GARNISHES FINISH THINGS with style. Below are just a few suggestions, but you can use a variety of cheeses, fresh herbs, and chopped nuts. Pine Nuts: A sprinkling of toasted pine nuts, whole or chopped, look nice and they add a delicate crunch and rich flavor. Parmesan: Parmesan is the most traditional garnish. Get a good one, like Parmigiano-Reggiano, for the most impact. Use a vegetable peeler to make paper-thin shavings. Gorgonzola: This Italian blue cheese can be identified by its bluish-green veins, creamy texture, and slight pungency. Like Parmesan, it too has a strong taste. Flat-Leaf Parsley: Flat-leaf, also called Italian parsley, has a more intense flavor than other varieties and contributes a hit of freshness.