Come and Enjoy a Taste of Italy with us!

by Michelle Salatino

Asiago & SpeckFor two weeks, we are featuring Asiago Pressato D.O.P. and Speck Alto Adige I.G.P., both imported from Italy.

The Asiago Pressato is a “Protected Designation of Origin” cheese, which means it is guaranteed to be authentic and the producer has complied with strict regulations created by the Consorzio.  The name Asiago is derived from the small town in Italy in which the cheese was originally produced in the year 1000.  This wonderful cheese begins with the cows grazing on grass from the lush mountainous area of the provinces of Vicenza and Trento.  In doing this, the milk used to produce this beautiful cheese is sweet and flavorful allowing for a mild, buttery and slightly sweet cheese.  This cheese can be enjoyed as an appetizer with Italian meats and olives, and will melt beautifully in any dish.

The Speck ham is “Protected Geographical Indication” symbolizing the 22 week aging process each ham undergoes as well as the many thorough inspections and regulations the pork must exceed.  This ham is lightly smoked, seasoned, and dried in the mountainous regions where Austria, Switzerland, and Italy come together.  The result is a ham with a balanced flavor, rustic appearance and an unmistakable fragrance.  Use in a wide range of recipes like a Panini with Speck, Asiago Pressato, tomato and arugula or stuff a potato with Speck and Asiago Pressato. For appetizers, enjoy speck wrapped around some fresh melon or breadsticks.

Both of these items will be on special from February 16th through March 1st, so come on in and get your taste of Italy today!

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