The Best Italian Cheeses For Cooking

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As you may already know, Italy is home to some of the best foods in the world. If you are looking for the best cheeses to use on your favorite meal, then Italy is the best place to look. Some of the most popular cheeses in Italy include; Parmesan, Fontina, Asiago and Gorgonzola. These Italian cheeses are world-renowned and can improve your experience in a remarkable way.

Asiago Cheese

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There are three different kinds of Asiago cheeses. You have Asiago Pressato, which is fresh, sweet and smooth, Asiago d’allevo, which has been aged, and has a bolder taste and the stravecchio, which has a more powerful taste from the aging process of up to 2 years. Most Asiago cheeses come with a stamp that reads, “Product of the mountain”. This means that they are produced in Veneto or Trentino, at an altitude of more than 1,800 feet.

Fontina Cheese

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Fontina cheese is used in making Fondue and has its origin in Switzerland, France and Italy. It comes with an intense, nutty flavor that will improve your cooking experience in a unique way. This one is also produced from cow’s milk and has been around for hundreds of years.

Gorgonzola Cheese

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Gorgonzola is one of the best Italian cheeses there is. It is produced in cold and damp conditions, giving it a unique flavor from the rest. There are two types of Gorgonzola cheeses; gorgonzola piccante and Gorgonzola dolce. Piccante has a slightly spicy flavor while dolce has milder one. The origin of this cheese remains a mystery — but some believe the name comes from the town it was created in.

Parmesan Cheese

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Just like wine, Parmesan, also known as Parmigiano Reggiano, gets better as it ages. It is made from cow milk and comes with a unique, sweet flavor. You can either eat this cheese as it is or use it on many different types of pasta in Italy.

Next time you are buying Italian cheeses, make sure it has a DOP label. DOP stands for Denominazione di Origine Protetta, which basically means that the product was produced and packaged in Italy. There is a huge different between cheeses made in Italy and those from other parts of the world, so you want to be careful when making a purchase.

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