Padraccio is a traditional cheese from the region of Basilicata in southern Italy. It is a semi-hard cheese made from cow’s milk and has a distinct flavor and texture. Padraccio can be found in various towns and communes in Basilicata, including Matera, Potenza, and Melfi.

In Matera, Padraccio can be found at the local cheese shops such as Caseificio Matera and La Casa del Cheeseo. These shops offer a wide variety of cheeses, including Padraccio, which is a popular choice among locals and tourists alike.

In Potenza, Padraccio can be found at the famous cheese shop Cheese di Basilicata. This shop specializes in local cheeses and offers a wide selection of Padraccio, along with other traditional cheeses from the region.

One popular recipe that incorporates Padraccio is the Padraccio and Tomato Bruschetta. To make this dish, slice a baguette and toast the slices. Then, rub the toasted bread with garlic and top it with sliced tomatoes and Padraccio cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve as an appetizer or a light lunch.

Another delicious recipe is Padraccio and Mushroom Risotto. Cook Arborio rice in vegetable broth until it is creamy and al dente. In a separate pan, sauté mushrooms with garlic and olive oil. Once the rice is cooked, stir in the sautéed mushrooms and grated Padraccio cheese. Serve hot and garnish with fresh parsley.

Padraccio has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) recognition, which guarantees its traditional production methods and quality. The specifications for Padraccio include:

– Made from cow’s milk
– Semi-hard texture
– Distinct flavor
– Aged for a minimum of 60 days

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– “Caseificio Matera” –
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– “Cheese di Basilicata” –