In my post Vino-Licious I already showed you the typical Piedmontese cheese TOMA. I must admit that I’m very very difficult when it comes to cheese. With the many types of cheese in Holland I only liked 1 type! The less seasoned a cheese is, the more I like it… So when moving to Italy and getting to know the Toma I didn’t appreciate this cheese as it should be appreciated. But, little by little, eating this cheese in different ways, I’m now enjoying the Toma a lot and therefore I wanted to get you to know this cheese as well!!
The production of Toma is (since medieval times) closely linked to the area of the Piedmontese Alps. At this moment the production is of 1.9 million kg per year. That makes it no surprise that this cheese is the pride of Piedmont, right?! Since 1993 the Piedmontese Toma is a cheese with the denomination of origin for the Italian law and since 1996 a protected designation of origin of the European Union. It’s mostly eaten well-seasoned but to be honest I like it more when it’s less seasoned. I know I can’t help it, I’m improving but not yet there I guess! Especially eating it when only accompanied by a good glass of red wine (Gattinara Travaglini DOCG is still one of my favourites…) I prefer it to be less seasoned. But we often eat it in a risotto (‘risotto al radicchio e toma’ for example) or melted in a piadina and then I like it as well when it’s more seasoned. Really the options to enjoy this cheese are endless!
We always get ours in the small place called Campertogno (Valsesia – Piemonte). A lovely place surrounded by mountains. Perfect for a good nature-walk as well! Below a photo of the shop which is located on the road side, so you really can’t miss it!
Find out where Campertogno is located:
From Borgomanero it’s 60km (1 hour and 15 min. more or less).
La Trüna - Corso Umberto I 11, 13023 Campertogno (VC)