Who doesn’t LOVE Cheese? Italy is known for it’s variety of cheese that has made their way into everyone’s hearts around the world! Five of the most delicious cheeses from Italy that we all enjoy today are:
1. Mozzarella Cheese
Originating from the regions of Puglia, Molise, Abruzzo, and Campania, this amazing and probably one of the most popular Italian cheese is semi-soft with a stringy texture. It’s white in color and has a milky flavor. Unlike most cheeses, mozzarella cheese doesn’t need to age. It’s eaten fresh. It goes well on salads, meats, and with fish and vegetable dishes.
From the Po valley Region, provolone cheese is firm and grainy with a mild or sharp buttery taste and pale yellow color. Provolone is semi-hard with a pleasant aroma. It has high amounts of calcium and protein but is also high in salt. Provolone goes wonderfully with red wine and served with fresh, homemade bread still warm.
3. Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan cheese is named after the area around Parma, where it originated. Parmesan cheese is a hard cheese with a grainy texture, strong aroma and sharp, flavor. Parmesan tastes best sprinkled over pasta and used as an ingredient in soups and risottos. Italians love to munch on it as a snack, as well.
Originating from the Gorgonzola region, this cheese is soft and crumbly. It can be made into a sharp or mild flavor, depending on its age, and has a nutty aroma. It’s an “old-world” blue-veined cheese made from un-skimmed cow’s milk and takes up to four months to create. Gorgonzola is best served with red wine and your favorite pasta dish.
5. Ricotta Cheese
A refreshing, soft Italian cheese that is made from either sheep, cow, goat, or buffalo milk whey that is left over after making other types of cheese. It’s smooth, high in protein and low in fat. It goes well with many Italian dishes such as lasagna, cheesecake, pizza, clazone, ravioli, manicotti, and more. Ricotta can also be used as a sauce thickener.