Parmigiano-Reggiano, a grana style cheese from the Parma area in Italy, is considered by many to be the world’s greatest cheese. It is a cooked and unpressed, semi-fat, hard cheese made from raw cow's milk. The cheese is encased within a yellowish-golden and slightly oily rind on which the brand name Parmigiano Reggiano is stenciled in small dots. Only wheels that are good enough to earn DOP status may wear these markings. This finely grained and highly soluble cheese is ranges in color from ivory white to straw-yellow.