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The Protected Cheeses of Italy

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List updated as of 12/31/2015 – this list includes all cheeses that have applied for protection and/or have been granted protection. Please refer to The EU DOOR list for clarification of current status.

Several countries in Europe and the European Union promote and protect certain agricultural products and foodstuffs. For more information on this practice, please read my posting.

The EU has three levels of designation )Icons are shown above): Protected Designation of Origin (PDO); Protected geographical Indication (PGI) and Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG). You can also visit the European Commission’s page regarding geographical indication and lists of all designated cheeses, wines and other products.

While studying for the ACS CCP exam in 2013 and mentoring candidates in 2014, I studied and stressed the importance of understanding the European Union’s protection of certain foods stuffs; for the exam, specifically the cheeses. The countries that I concentrated on were France, Italy, Spain, England and to a lesser extent, Portugal. In updating my postings and pages for the “Cheese” category I wanted to make sure my information was correct and updated and in doing my research I discovered so many other countries that have protected cheeses. In addition to the complete list below, I have created addition “Sub-Category” pages which break the list into countries and/or regions.

I have reviewed some of these cheeses and you can read my reviews via the provided links. Many more are included in my lists of 281 Cheeses You Should Know, 165 More Cheeses to KnowRaw Milk Cheeses and Vegetarian-Suitable Cheeses. You can also check out my complete list of European Protected Cheeses (as of 9/30/2014).

In addition to links to my reviews, I have provided links other sites with information about the cheeses.

I welcome all corrections and/or additions to these lists – leave them in the comment box at the bottom of this page. Thanks!!

My thanks to wikipedia; the website was a great help in compiling this list. If you haven’t contributed to this non-profit website, I urge you to do so. As little as a pledge of $3.00 a month can go along way to keeping it online.


European Protected Cheeses   UK Protected Cheeses   French Protected Cheeses

Greek Protected Cheeses   Italian Protected Cheeses   Portuguese Protected Cheeses

Spanish Protected Cheeses   Swiss Protected Cheeses


Asiago Pressata/d’Allevo (Italy) (RawMilk)

Bitto (Italy) (Produced only in Summer months)

Bra (Italy)

Burrata di Andria (Italy)

Caciocavallo Silano (Italy)

Canestrato di Moliterno (Italy)

Canestrato Pugliese (Italy)

Casatella Trevigiana (Italy)

Casciotta d’Urbino (Italy)

Castelmagno (Italy) (Raw Milk)

Fiore Sardo (Italy)

Fontina (Italy)

Formaggella del Luinese (Italy)

Formaggio di Fossa di Sogliamo (Italy)

Formai de Mut dell’Alta Val Brembana (Italy)

Gorgonzola (Italy)

Grana Padano (Italy)

Montasio (Italy)

Monte Veronese (Italy) (Raw Milk)

Mozzarella di Bufala Campana (Italy)

Murazzano (Italy)

Nostrano Valtrompia (Italy) 

Ossolano (Italy)

Parmigiano Reggiano (Italy) (Raw Milk)

Pecorino Crotonese (Italy) (Artisanally produced only from January to June)

Pecorino delle Balze Volterrane (Italy) aka Pecorino Pisano

Pecorino di Filiano (Italy)

Pecorino di Picinsco (Italy)

Pecorino Romano (Italy)

Pecorino Sardo (Italy) AKA Fiore Sardo

Pecorino Siciliano (Italy)

Pecorino Toscano (Italy)

Piacentinu Ennese (Italy)

Piave (Italy)

Primo Sale (Italy)

Provolone del Monaco (Italy)

Provolone Valpadana (Italy)

Puzzone di Moena aka Spreta Tzaori (Italy)

Quartirolo Lombardo (Italy)

Ragusano (Italy)

Raschera (Italy)

Ricotta di Bufala Campana

Ricotto Romano (Italy)

Robiola di Roccaverano (Italy)

Salva Cremasco (Italy)

Silter (Italy)

Spressa delle Giudicarie (Italy)

Squacquerone di Romagna (Italy)

Stelvio or Stilfser (Italy)

Strachitunt (Italy)

Taleggio (Italy)

Toma Piemontese (Italy) – PDO

Toma di Gressoney (Italy) – TSG

Trentingrana (Italy)

Valle d’Acosta Fromadzo (Italy)

Valtellina Casera (Italy)

Vastedda della Valle del Belice (Italy)

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