Asiago grasso di monte

/ah-SYAH-goh GRAHS-soh dee MOHN-teh/

A semisoft cheese made with cow's milk during the summer. It has a smooth, yellow paste with occasional small holes and is made on in the Asiago region of Vicenza in northern Italy. This cheese is at its best in summer and is made with raw, whole milk, the curds being cooked and pressed. It has a slightly piquant flavour but, oddly, no smell.