Italian Cheeses

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This article, written by Elisa Poli, appears on La Dolce Vita, courtesy of Huffington Post.

An Easy Guide To Italian Cheeses

Cheese is Italy’s the third most important export to the United States after wine and olive oil. The top ones are Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano, and fresh one like mozzarella, ricotta and mascarpone. However, they are also the main victims of the “Italian- sounding” phenomenon currently being battled by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, as many producers use an Italian name to sell products that are not actually Italian at all. One of the measures designed to protect quality is the introduction of a special European logo granted to 52 authentic Italian cheeses and dairy products that are PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication), respectively DOP and IPG on Italian labels. Here are some of the most famous cheeses, along with a few new ones to discover, with suggestions on how to enjoy them, as well as food and beverages to pair them with. Read more on La Dolce Vita.

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