The best pears for eating out of hand are Anjou and Comice, which pear delightfully with cheeses.  At home, we often just serve one to two cheeses with a few slices of peeled and cored pear and viola!  Make sure the pears are ripe before serving, as most in the US are picked underripe and need to be kept for a few days at home in a paper bag to be allowed to ripen.