Canestrato is a traditional Italian cheese that originates from the Trento region in northern Italy. It is a hard cheese made from cow’s milk and has a distinct flavor and texture. Canestrato can be found in various towns and communes in Trento, including Mezzocorona, Mezzolombardo, and Cembra.

In Mezzocorona, you can find Canestrato at the local cheese shop, Formaggi del Trentino. This shop offers a wide variety of local cheeses, including Canestrato, which is a popular choice among locals and tourists alike. Another place to find Canestrato is in Mezzolombardo, at the renowned cheese store, Caseificio Sociale di Mezzolombardo. This store specializes in traditional Trentino cheeses, and their Canestrato is highly recommended.

One delicious recipe that incorporates Canestrato is the Canestrato and Pear Salad. This salad combines the creamy and nutty flavors of Canestrato with the sweetness of ripe pears, creating a perfect balance of flavors. Another recipe is the Canestrato and Mushroom Risotto, where the cheese is melted into a creamy risotto, complementing the earthy flavors of the mushrooms.

Canestrato has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) recognition, which guarantees its traditional production methods and quality. The specifications of Canestrato include being made from cow’s milk, aged for a minimum of 4 months, and having a hard and crumbly texture. It is also required to be produced in specific areas of Trento, such as Mezzocorona, Mezzolombardo, and Cembra.

– Formaggi del Trentino:
– Caseificio Sociale di Mezzolombardo: