What is Italian cheese?
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.
How many Italian cheeses are there?
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.
When did Italian cheese originate?
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.