Delicacies dear to the palate of Italians are about to get dearer for American consumers
Italians love their cheeses and they have no shortage of choice. Italian cheeses are so diverse, nuanced, and exquisite that they can indeed be woven into the fabric of any meal, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a tasty snack. This wealth of flavors and textures is very much appreciated on both sides of the pond, however, with the US imposing 25 percent on other European goods, including many agricultural products, many fine Italian cheeses are probably going to get pricier for American consumers.
Here are some of the best Italian cheeses for which it may be worth spending a few more dollars:
Parmigiano Reggiano PDO – the King of Cheese, is a real international must. Grated over fresh pasta, or slivered atop asparagus, it can bring out the best of any recipe;
Pecorino di Forenza PDO – less-known compared with the great pecorino cheeses of central Italy, it is a concentration of aromas and scents that exalts the land of Basilicata;
Robiola di Roccaverano PDO – this fresh Piedmontese cheese has a very creamy texture and is a delicacy for the most refined palates;
Monte Veronese PDO – it is made with the milk from the high-mountain summer pastures on the ancient plateau of the Lessini Mountains in the Verona area and it has rich and aromatic flavor;
Gorgonzola PDO – the veined blue cheese from near Milan that the world loves. It can be sweet or naturally spicy, but always delicious;
Ragusano PDO – produced in the province of Ragusa with milk from Podolica cows, it has a characteristic elongated parallelepiped shape. In the center it has a fold because it is aged hanging with a string;
Bitto PDO – a historical cheese from the high altitudes in Valtellina with a hard paste that has a great aging capacity. Produced only with mountain pasture milk, it has a very rich aroma.
Caciocavallo Silano Podolico – a delicacy of the lands of Basilicata, Calabria, Puglia, and Molise. It is a spun paste cheese that, with aging, produces extraordinary aromatic sensations.