Ricotta

Ricotta is a popular Italian cheese that is widely consumed in the region of Basilicata, located in southern Italy. This creamy and mild cheese is made from the whey of sheep, cow, or goat milk. It can be found in various towns and communes of Basilicata, including Matera, Potenza, and Melfi.

In Matera, you can find ricotta at local cheese shops such as Caseificio Pugliese and Caseificio Lanzillotti. These stores offer high-quality ricotta made from locally sourced milk. In Potenza, you can visit Caseificio Di Nucci and Caseificio Santoro, which are known for their traditional ricotta production methods.

Ricotta is a versatile ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. One popular recipe from Basilicata is “Ricotta Calzone,” which is a stuffed pastry filled with ricotta, eggs, and various herbs. Another delicious dish is “Ricotta Gnocchi,” where ricotta is combined with flour, eggs, and Parmesan cheese to create light and fluffy dumplings.

Ricotta from Basilicata has received the PAT (Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs) recognition, which guarantees its traditional production methods and quality. The specifications for PAT recognition include using only sheep, cow, or goat milk, and the cheese must be made within the region of Basilicata. This recognition ensures that consumers are getting an authentic and traditional product.

Sources:
– “Ricotta di Basilicata” – www.basilicataturistica.it
– “Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali (PAT)” – www.politicheagricole.it