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Parmesan, Gorgonzola, etc. – Sapori d'Italia offers typical Italian cheeses
Admittedly, when you think of Italy, cheese is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But what about spicy Parmigiano Reggiano, pungent Gorgonzola or creamy buffalo mozzarella?
Yes, Italian cheese can pack a punch – and many dishes from Bella Italia would not be complete without it. Imagine an Italian pasta dish without parmesan or an insalata caprese without mozzarella? It would undoubtedly be quite a bland affair.
You can buy top-quality Italian cheeses from us online. The products from Sapori d'Italia not only contain the best ingredients but also a great deal of amore e passione (love and passion).
Simply order in the online shop – top-quality cheese from Italy
The most famous cheese in Italy – and probably even the whole world – is Parmigiano Reggiano. It is the king of the extra-hard Italian cheeses and its slightly sweet, nutty and spicy aroma is loved by all. It will not only add the perfect finishing touch to any pasta dish, but it also gives Italian sauces such as pesto and traditional dishes such as risotto a wonderfully spicy note.
True Parmigiano Reggiano comes from the provinces of Parma, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Bologna and Mantua and is labelled accordingly (more information below). Its production is overseen by the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano. This Italian all-rounder is sold in different age brackets – starting at 12 months (nuovo) right through to the incredibly rare extra stravecchione, which is aged for a whole 72 months.
Another hard cheese from the Sapori d'Italia range is the semi-hard Asiago. This cheese has been produced in Italy on the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, or Asiago Plateau, for around a century. Nowadays it comes from the provinces of Vicenza, Padua, Trento and Treviso. Young Asiago is ideal for a morning or afternoon snack, while the more mature varieties can be used for seasoning dishes in a similar way to parmesan.
You can also buy Gorgonzola from us online. This is another very popular Italian cheese. This pungent blue cheese goes beautifully with pears, walnuts and bread, among other things. It can also be used to make creamy sauces. The producers of Gorgonzola with a Protected Designation of Origin are based in Piedmont and Lombardy.
Less well known is the semi-hard scamorza, which we stock in different varieties – non-smoked, smoked (affumicate) and in mini format. It is a scalded cheese that belongs to the filata family and the manufacturing process is similar to that of other Italian cheeses such as mozzarella, burrata and provolone. However, it is placed in brine once it has matured. It is then hung up with string to dry, which is what gives the cheese its pear-like shape. It is suitable as a table cheese as well as for melting on top of dishes as an alternative to mozzarella.
DOP – this can be found on the label of cheeses from Italy
Many of the cheeses in our Sapori d'Italia brand have the abbreviation DOP in their name as well as the corresponding red and yellow label on their packaging. DOP stands for "Denominazione d'Origine Protetta" (protected designation of origin). This is used in the European Union to label foods that are produced in accordance with a process that is restricted to a geographical location.
The Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) dates back to the French system of "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée" (AOC), which originated in the 15th Century for the production of Roquefort cheese. Today it is a sign of quality – as is DOP – for wines primarily, but also cheese and oil.
Another label found on Italian cheese and other products is the blue and yellow IGP label. "Indicazione Geografica Protetta" (protected geographical indication) means that at least one production step must take place within the designated region. The DOP label, on the other hand, shows that the entire production process takes place in the area in question. This also applies to the rearing and feeding of animals.
In addition to Italian cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Gorgonzola, many other Italian specialities also feature the DOP label. It can be found on olive oils, the famous Parma ham and San Marzano tomatoes, to name but a few. So if you order other Italian products in the online shop, you can look out for this quality label.
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