Continuing the summer food posts, everyone thinks about Gelato and Granita during summer but they are not the only food to enjoy in summer in Italy. Fontina Cheese (La Fontina formaggio) is a cow’s milk cheese where, although obtained all year round, the best is produced during the summer when the cows are allowed to graze at a higher altitude in the mountains.
This higher altitude (greater than 1800m) enables the cows to remain cool during the Italian summer heat along with grazing on lush aromatic grass and therefore producing this unique flavoured cheese.
Fontina is produced only in the Aosta Valley (Valle d’Aosta) in the Alps and has been certified D.O.P (Denominazione d’Origine Protetta – Protected Designation of Origin). It has origins circa 1200 A.D. and takes its name from the Family Fontin.
The semi hard cheese can be used in many recipes but is also enjoyed on its own with a full-bodied red wine (for example Chianti Classico Riserva)