Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cheese: Italy's Best

Italy is rightly famous for its cheese, which is revered and refined in every region, city or town. Indeed, there are more than 450 varieties of cheese, a prospect as delicious as it is daunting, but I would like to feature one of Italy’s most famous exports, Grana Padano.

The region of origin of Grana Padano is Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont; some provinces of Emilia-Romagna and Trentino-Alto Adige. Made throughout the Po Valley, this is one of the country’s most popular cheeses. The word “grana” refers to its grainy texture, which becomes flakier and crumbly as it ages. The hard cheese is made in wheels that range in color from straw yellow to golden brown, with a yellow to golden interior. It has a strong aroma and distinct flavor that is fruity and delicate, with some toastiness and is an essential partner to any pasta dish or accompanied by a glass of sparkling white, sweet wine or a young red.

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