Italian Cheeses: 4 Unique and Artisanal Must Try Specialties

Italian Cheeses: 4 Unique and Artisanal Must Try Specialties
From Fine Dining Lovers - August 15, 2017

One of the biggest cheese producers in Europe, most people around the world could name at least three iconic Italian cheeses.

After all, where would pizza be without a generous scattering of mozzarella, a plate of pasta without a good grating of fresh parmesan on top and tiramisuwithout whisked fresh mascarpone.

Of course, while Italy undoubtedly has some of the best known cheeses abroad, in a country that boasts over 450 varieties of cheese, produced in practically every Italian province from North to South, it's easy to miss some other locally produced artisanal cheeses worthy of international fame.

With one of the world's largest cheese festivalsdue to descend on the home of SlowFood in Bra, northern Italy next month, we remind ourselves of just a few examples of Italian excellence in artisanal cheese.

Some well known, others a little less so, but all to be enjoyed just as they are, getting creative in the kitchen or simply as a delicious talking point. Here are the fine Italian cheeses well worth putting on your cheese board.

Caciocavallo Podolico

This pearl amongst cheeses comes from southern Italy, and the podolian breed of cattle. A noble cheese with an intense nose of milk and hay and a slightly granular texture with a slight spiciness on the finish in the mouth.

Discover the history and characteristics of Caciocavallo Podolico.

Bitto Storico

The Bitto cheese of the North is well-known, but it is better to specify that here we are talking about Bitto Storico, a definition used by Slow Food to differentiate it from industrial production. This cheese must be tried for its flavor rich in scents and her herbs, which improves over time.


Blu di Morozzo


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