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AOP Agriform: Cheeses from the Heart of Europe


Every great cheese has a great story, and the stories of AOP Agriform cheeses are especially fascinating. Produced in northern Italy—a region celebrated for its culinary richness and diversity, these five cheeses are some of the world’s best-known and most-cherished. All five bear the red and yellow PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) seal, a trademark […]

Centerfold: Blu di Bufala


Photographed by Nina Gallant | Styled by Kendra Smith Water buffalo are not an uncommon sight in Southern Italy, where cheesemakers turn their rich milk into mozzarella, ricotta, and other fresh cheeses. In the northern part of the country, however, they are a rarity, and it is rarer, still, to use their milk for aged […]

This Rare Pig-Rennet Cheese is Made Exclusively by Women


Photo credit: © Archivio Slow Food The prized cheese from Italy’s Abruzzo region is made exclusively by women I first encountered the unique sheep’s milk cheese Pecorino di Farindola while browsing at the Eataly cheese counter in Florence, Italy. I noticed a sign for a pecorino made with caglio suino (pig rennet), something I’d never […]

A Journey Through Italy’s Northern Cheese Country


As the birthplace of pizza and pesto, Italy lays claim to some of the most well-known food in the world. Just like Italian cuisine, which varies widely from region to region—think spaghetti alle vongole in Naples and spaghetti carbonara in Rome—the same can be said for Italian cheese. There are more than 2,500 traditional kinds […]

Bertagni Marzolino Rosso: A Tuscan Original


For American fans of Marzolino Rosso, the hunt for the Tuscan cheese has been akin to that for Melville’s white whale. Produced in the Garfagnana, a remote mountainous region, this young pecorino has historically been made with 100-percent sheep’s milk, and its rind rubbed with tomato paste to ward off unwanted mold growth. Verano Bertagni, […]

The Year in Centerfolds: 2021


For each issue of culture, we choose a noteworthy and especially good-looking cheese, and then style and photograph it to capture its distinctive beauty. As we wrap up the year, were inspired to look back on the centerfolds of 2021, with gratitude once again for the creativity and skill of the cheesemakers, photographers, and stylists […]

A Perfect Pairing From Europe


Your Guide to Garda DOC Wines and Piave DOP Cheese Garda DOC wines and Piave DOP cheese are a supreme pair, celebrating craft and tradition, as well as unmatched taste and quality. Our guide will help you learn how to pair, serve, and enjoy this handcrafted, delicious cheese and high quality, sparkling wine. All about […]

Destination Cheese: European Edition


When planning post-lockdown travels, combine natural splendor with splendid cheese.

Centerfold: Ubriaco Pinot Rosé


“I like to use what I have around me, to take tradition and give it a new twist.”— Sergio Moro Photographed by Adam DeTour; Styled by Kendra Smith With its pale pink rind and crown of dried rose petals, a 15-pound wheel of Ubriaco Pinot Rosé is a thing of beauty. And this stunner from […]

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