The story of the Italian cheese collection

by alex masca

When you think of Italy, many things come to mind: beautiful landscapes, delicious food and passionate people. But one thing that is often overlooked is the country's rich cheese-making tradition. For centuries, Italians have produced some of the most delicious and unique cheeses in the world.
The Italian Cheese Collection showcases this culinary heritage. The collection contains over 350 different types of cheese, each with its own unique history and flavour. From Grana Padano to Asiago, there is something for everyone in this delicious collection.

A timeline 
Cheese has been around for centuries, with different varieties appearing all over the world. Italy is renowned for its delicious and unique cheeses, which have been collected and enjoyed for centuries. This timeline looks at some of the most famous and popular Italian cheeses, from the oldest to the newest.
Ancient times
There is evidence that cheese was being made in Italy as early as 2000 BC. One of the earliest Italian cheeses was called Monte Veronese, a hard cow's milk cheese from the Verona region. It was popular with the wealthy because it could be stored for a long time.
Modern times
Many new Italian cheeses were created, including ricotta and mozzarella. These cheeses are now enjoyed worldwide and are considered some of the best in the world. The collection of Italian cheeses is a testament to the culinary skills of the Italians and continues to grow with each passing year.
Famous cheeses from Sweetaly
Cheeses are dairy products made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep or buffalo. The milk is curdled and then the whey is drained off. What remains is the cheese. 

The types of Italian cheese
There are many different types of Italian cheese, but some are more popular than others. The most famous is Grana Padano, a hard cheese made from cow's milk. It is a versatile cheese, used in both savoury and sweet dishes.
Another popular type is mozzarella, a soft, white cheese made from buffalo milk. It is often used in pizzas and other Italian dishes. Another soft cheese is ricotta, which is made from the whey of cow's milk. It has a creamy consistency and is often used in desserts.
There are also several types of hard cheese, such as Gorgonzola, Grana Padano, Pecorino Romano and aged Monte Veronese. These cheeses are matured for several months or even years and have a strong flavour that goes well with wine.
Finally, there are semi-hard cheeses such as Asiago, Fontina, Monte Veronese "latte intero". These cheeses have a milder flavour than hard cheeses and are perfect for melting in dishes such as lasagne or ravioli.
Whatever your taste in cheese, there is sure to be an Italian variety to delight your palate. So next time you are feeling adventurous, try one of these fine Italian cheeses from Sweetaly!