When you think of Italian cheese, you naturally think of the legendary regions of Italy that make them: Parma, Roma, Asiago, Gorgonzola and the like. But when you want to buy the best Italian cheese, you should really be thinking about Wisconsin.
No joke. Wisconsin has won more awards for cheese than any other state or nation in the world – Italy included. We even won the best-of-class award for parmesan at the World Cheese Championship in 2018, beating out – drumroll, please – the team from Parma.
That's why, whether it's parmesan or provolone, mozzarella or marscapone, gorgonzola or stracchino, if it's Italian cheese, you want to buy Wisconsin-made.
Wisconsin makes plenty of rustic Italian cheeses that are rich in tradition and heavy on flavor.
Italian cheese is a vast collection of cheeses made in a wide variety of styles. Italian cheeses range from fresh to aged, and include some national favorites like mozzarella and parmesan.
There are more than 500 types of cheese that are recognized commercially and three of them are the most popular cheeses in America. In 2019, mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan led the pack for most popular cheeses in the US.
The people occupying the peninsula that is now Italy have been making cheese for thousands of years, but it was the Romans who first experimented with aging cheese and invented cheese presses in the first century A.D. They created special kitchens, known as caseale, dedicated to making cheese. Many of their techniques were abandoned after the fall of the Roman Empire; most of the Italian cheese varieties we know today were originated over the last millennia.
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Italian cheese is among the most prized and popular families of cheeses on the planet, made with centuries of tradition. In Wisconsin, our cheesemakers have mastered those traditions and honor them, but, like their pioneering cheese-making ancestors who came to Wisconsin in the 1800s, they're always looking for new ways to make Italian cheese slightly better.
When you're looking for fresh Italian cheese, there's no reason to wait for it to be shipped across the Atlantic – our Wisconsin cheesemakers are producing world-class mozzarella, burrata, mascarpone, and stracchino every day. And for the older, harder, artisan cheeses, well, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better parmesan, provolone, gorgonzola, or asiago anywhere in the world.
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In Wisconsin, we make more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese than anywhere else in the world. We believe in tradition, producing everything from Italian classics, like parmesan and ricotta, to swiss cheese and cheddar varieties. But every Wisconsin cheesemaker is an innovator as well, which is why we have so many Wisconsin originals, like colby and muenster. Whether it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, potatoes au gratin, or a charcuterie board, Wisconsin cheese makes every dish and recipe tastier.