Ricotta forte is a traditional cheese from the Basilicata region in southern Italy. It is a unique and strong-flavored cheese that is made from sheep’s milk whey. Ricotta forte can be found in various towns and communes of Basilicata, including Matera, Potenza, and Melfi.

In Matera, you can find ricotta forte at local cheese shops such as Caseificio Pugliese and Caseificio Lanzillotti. These shops offer a wide variety of cheeses, including ricotta forte, which is a specialty of the region. In Potenza, you can visit Caseificio Di Nucci and Caseificio Di Lallo, where you can find this traditional cheese.

Ricotta forte is often used in Traditional Recipesss of Basilicata. One popular dish is “Pasta con la ricotta forte,” which is a pasta dish made with ricotta forte, tomatoes, and chili peppers. Another recipe is “Frittata di ricotta forte,” which is a savory omelette made with ricotta forte, eggs, and various vegetables.

Ricotta forte has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs) recognition, which is a certification given to traditional Italian food products. The specifications of ricotta forte include being made from sheep’s milk whey, having a strong and pungent flavor, and being aged for a certain period of time.

– “Ricotta forte di Basilicata” – www.basilicataturistica.it
– “Prodotti agroalimentari tradizionali (PAT)” – www.politicheagricole.it