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5 Lesser Known Italian Cheeses to Try

Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano are undoubtedly masterpieces of Italian dairy tradition and the most popular Italian cheeses, but today want to dedicate this infographic to 5 lesser known Italian cheeses that everybody should try once in a life.

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Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano are undoubtedly masterpieces of Italian dairy tradition and the most popular Italian cheeses. Yet, enter a cheese shop in any Italian city or village and you will be astonished by the incredible variety of fantastic cheeses they have. The list of Italian cheeses is extremely long and mouth-watering.

But today, we have decided to dedicate this infographic to 5 lesser known Italian cheeses that everybody should try once in a life. The list should be much longer but we had to start somewhere.

Our selection is from Northern Italy, mainly Piedmont and Lombardy and includes:

  • a fresh cheese;
  • a soft cheese;
  • two semi firm cheeses;
  • a hard cheese.

Furthermore, among them is a bloomy rind cheese, a blue cheese, a washed rind cheese and a truffle cheese. FInally, two of them are made of buffalo milk.

Italian cheese infographic

Ol Sciur

A blue cheese that combines tradition with modernity. First the cheese is washed in brine and then rubbed with a mix of berries and rose petals, which gives the cheese a deep crimson color and a strong smell of sweet fruit. A real treat!

Toma della Serra

Made with raw cow's milk from animals fed exclusively on grass, Toma della Serra is pure joy to eat. With a doughy, semi-firm texture and sweet grass flavor, this cheese is a no-brainer for any cheese board or pairing.

Buffalo Camembert

Though Camembert is traditionally a French cheese, it provides inspiration for this Italian twist. Underneath a well-developed rind of Penicilium camemberti, the ivory paste is smooth and creamy.

Caprino with Truffle

Piedmont is known for its magnificent and original cheeses and abundance of naturally occurring truffles. This cheese brings the two specialties together in one harmonious bite.

Quadro di Bufala

It is a washed rind cheese, comparable to Quartirolo, that one might also describe as a buffalo milk taleggio! Its texture is rich and fudgy and its flavor calls to mind toasted nuts and earth.

 

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