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Calcagno

Calcagno
Photo Credit: Casa Madaio Srl
  • Made from pasteurized sheep's milk

  • Country of origin: Italy

  • Region: Sardinia & Campania

  • Family: Pecorino

  • Type: hard, artisan

  • Texture: firm, flaky and smooth

  • Rind: natural

  • Colour: pale yellow

  • Flavour: herbaceous, savory, sweet

  • Aroma: herbal

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Producers: Casa Madaio

  • Alternative spellings: Calcagno Pecorino

Calcagno is an Italian hand-made cheese prepared with ewe's milk on small, local farms on the island of Sardinia. They are then matured in natural caves at Castelcivita for 1-2 years by the Madaio family. Calcagno is a classic Pecorino with the sweetness and aroma influenced by the Mediterranean climate. The herbaceous flavour of the soft yellow pate is reflective of the wild herbs and grasses passed onto the cheese. The aging time gives the paste a compact, firm, flaky and smooth texture and distinctively marked rind. Eat this cheese with crusty bread and pair it with young red wine or a sharp dry white wine.

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