The World of Fresh Cheeses

Italian Cheeses Part II

 

More Types of Cheeses from Italian Regions

more italian cheese

 

Caprini

This name classifies cheeses that have been produced using goat's milk which possesses particular characteristics and aromas. They are usually produced less, and by artisans with limited quantities. Piedmont is the land of goats; a region who boasts of having the strongest tradition in producing fresh goat cheeses. Caciotta

This name is diffused all over Italy and the cheeses are produced by pastors. The cheeses are small and are obtained from bovine, ovine or goat's milk, or mixed. The flavor is sweet and delicate. In Urbino you could always find "La Casciotta" unique DOP of the Marches region.

 

Crescenza

This is a very soft cheese, aged briefly. The more noted names; Certosa, Certosino and Robiola. Their origins are from Pianura Padana and in a particular zone of southern Milan. In the same family you'd find, a Stracchini cheese.

 

Ciabatta, pesto with cheese and olives is another classic Italian treat with cheese

 

Mascarpone-- Mascherpa!

This Milanese saying was used to depict a person that was disillusioned or made fun of. At one time it was produced only during autumn and winter, seasons in which this cheese is consumed the most!

More than anything it is an ingredient for desserts; optimum with chips of bitter cocoa or melted with robust liquors like rum or delicate rosoli (sweet Italian liquor).

 

Murazzano

In the past, this cheese was produced exclusively with sheep's milk, but due to the high amount of requests; it was necessary to make it with part bovine milk, but never more than 40%. It is a typical and antique cheese from the Alta Langa Piedmontese which comes from the Robiole family.

The most noted town for its production of this cheese, no other than Murazzano! It is produced from May through November.

 

Robiola di Roccaverano

This cheese is the only one to use a base of goat's milk, and to possess the mark of "DOP" a testimony of its antiquity- in the Piedmont area of Italy.

It is a cheese that already had been mentioned in the year 1000. It is originally from a town called Roccaverano in the province of Asti. If it is aged, the Robiola assumes a sharp and spicy flavor.

 

Italian cheese, salami and wine

 

Sierass del Fen

This particular ricotta is found in the Alpine zone of Pinerolese which had represented one of the principal foods for centuries. It was mentioned already in a 13th century antique text "the Miscellanea Valdostana "by Ferdinando Gabotto. Today Sierass cheese producers have dwindled down to no more than twenty something.

The authentic Sierass is made from whey of sheep's milk, while today they mix in cows, sheep or goat's milk. Tuma Dla Paja Cheese

 

At one time, on dairy farms in Langa; they produced a Robiola, still fresh when it was placed to age on a hay stack. Maturing rapidly it became soft and creamy developing a crust, white and wrinkled with the imprints of the hay remaining on its outer surface. Made from sheep's milk; it has a buttery constancy, soft and white ivory in color, with a sweet scent of milk, is very delicate in flavor.

 

Semi-Aged Cheeses Asiago

Around 1600, Asiago was first mentioned the venue of an important festival featuring wool and cheeses. The production of Asiago is comprised of 4 Northern provinces; Vicenza, Padova, Trento and Treviso. A cheese popularized from the 20's, "Pegorin" is a term which commemorates the flavor and traditions of a time far in the past, and a dialect which indicated the Asiago D'allevo. This cheese is usually aged no more than 6 months, but can be aged up to two years. Its taste remains delicate and lets your senses recall butter and fresh milk.

 

Bra

This Piemontese cheese has been produced since the 14th century and diffused from Langhe to Alto Monferrato. It is connected to the little town of Bra; an important center for the aging and trading of cheeses of malgari cuneesi.

There are two types of Braidese cheese; hard and tender, both are shaped into forms of 30-40 centimeters in diameter. The cheese presents an off-white color and has a light gray crust, smooth and elastic. It's soft and sweet to the palate and is aged to a medium around 45 days. Fontina, Montasio, Monte Veronese, Pecorino Toscano, Provolone Valpadana, Raschera,Taleggio, Toma Ossolana, Toma Piemontese, Toma al Prùnent-Ubriaco, Valcasotto

 

Aged Cheeses

Bitto, Caciocavallo Podalico, Fiore Sardo, Fromadzo, Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino di Fossa, Pecorino Romano, Pecorino Sardo, Pecorino Siciliano

 

Fungus Cheeses

Castelmagno, Erborinato di Artavaggio, Gorgonzola

A delicious block of gorgonzola cheese

 

Jackelin J.Jarvis

 

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