ARRIGONI, DOLCELATTE GORGONZOLA
A soft, blue cheese made with uncooked cow’s whole milk . Its name is that of a small town in Lombardy near Milan, where it is said to have been born in the twelfth century in order to retrieve a forgotten curd of the day before. Gorgonzola Dolce is a soft cheese, with a homogeneous distribution of its mainly blue coloured veins.
Some may mispronounce this deliciously rich, fresh, Italian cheese as “Mar-sca-pone,” when in fact, the luscious sounding “Mas-car-po-ne” is the amazingly creamy cheese. No matter how it is pronounced, Gelmini Mascarpone has a pale, cream-colored paste and soft, spreadable texture. With a feel that is more akin to clotted cream, Mascarpone is made from cow’s milk and features a light taste with a slight tang and a rich, silky texture. The cream is churned like butter and then drained for a thick, luxurious feel. While Mascarpone is known as the cheese that defines Tiramisù, it actually pre-dates the dessert by approximately 400 years, with its origin said to be set in the 16th century in Lombardi, Italy. Today, Gelmini, located in the Ticino River Valley of Lombardy, uses only the freshest, finest, local cow’s milk to create their incredibly full-bodied cheese.
GORGONZOLA, ITALIAN MOUNTAIN
No cheese case would be complete without Gorgonzola, Italy’s contribution to the big blues of the world. This piccante version, called Mountain Gorgonzola, is a “natural” type of cheese, and matures for 90 days. With its buttery consistency and fervent blue veining, it straddles the line between creamy and crumbly, making it suitable for the table as well as sauces and salads.
ITALIAN GORGONZOLA, PICCANTE GELMINI
Gorgonzola is Italy’s only blue-veined DOP cheese. At Caseificio Gelmini, Gorgonzola is handmade from start to finish. The magic begins with the purest and finest cow’s milk from Lombardy combined with a careful balance of ingredients. Each wheel is salted and turned by hand, enhancing the flavors of this slightly spicy, very robust version of the classic Italian blue. Piccante Gorgonzola features a firm interior with streaks of blueish-green veining. The hard rind, which is amber in color, protects the luscious, almost crumbly interior and its balance between sweet and savory.