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Asiago or Montasio Cheese
Montasio cheese originates in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Situated in the northeast corner of...
 
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April 7, 2014
Asiago or Montasio Cheese

Montasio cheese originates in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Situated in the northeast corner of Italy, this region lies in the foothills of the Alps. Made in large wheels of 12-14 pounds, montasio is made from 100% cow's milk. Montasio cheese is available in three varieties. Montasio Fresco or fresh, is at least two months old and has a mild flavor with a creamy consistency. Montasio mezzano has been aged from five to ten months. The flavor deepens as it becomes firmer and its color turns golden. Montasio stagionato or Montasio stravecchio is aged over ten months and is delicious grated on pasta or in soups. Montasio cheese may be used as an appetizer, for cooking, or enjoyed with fruit as a snack or after a meal. It is the traditional Italian cheese used for making a frico, or fried cheese. It also makes a flavorful fondue.