National Italian Cheese Month


Chandler Sullivan

History of Italian cheese

Italian cheese is full of a rich flavorful history waiting to be shared. Many families believe that italian cheese dates back as far as the Roman Empire. where many families had a special kitchen, called a caseale, used exclusively for making, aging, and storing cheese. Romans were passionate about creating and sharing their cheese, introducing the art of cheesemaking to other European countries. Today, fine Italian Cheese is made in both Italy and America. In addition, some Italian Cheeses earn Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, ensuring the cheese was made in a specific region following traditional methods.

Most popular

The most popular cheese in the United States is mozzarella. The average American eats 11 pounds of this cheese each year. Our love affair with Italian cheese does not end there. Our other favorites are the versatile Provolone and Ricotta and hard cheeses like Parmesan and Romano. 

#1 Cheese in Italy

The most popular Italian cheeses include Mozzarella, Parmesan, Gorgonzola and Ricotta. Some of these cheeses work best slathered on crusty Italian bread as appetizers, while others are required parts of main courses, pasta toppers, or even desserts! The four most popular Italian cheeses for grating as an ingredient or garnish are Asiago, Grana Padano, Parmesan & Pecorino, with Parmesan being the most popular. Italian cheese makers still tend, for the most part, to use milk from their own areas, contributing to a strong local character of the cheeses. From our top-of-the-line Mozzarella, and our classically creamy Fresh Mozzarella, to Italian specialties like Ricotta, Mascarpone, Gorgonzola, and Bel Paese, their commitment to quality and authenticity has made “Galbani” Italy’s #1 cheese brand

How to Observe Italian cheese month:

Look no further for ways to celebrate Italian Cheese Month! We have a tasty list of ideas for you to try:

  • Create the ultimate cheese plate to sample and share with your coworkers.
  • Invite your friends over for a make-your-own-pizza party.
  • Or treat your family to decadent desserts like Cannoli and Tiramisu.
  • Try an Italian cheese you’ve never tasted before.
  • Host a cheese tasting party. Pair Italian cheeses with a variety of meats and wines for a more festive party.
  • Experiment with new recipes. Make a margarita pizza, homemade macaroni, or a cheese souffle.

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