Treccia di Massa di Maratea

Treccia di Massa di Maratea is a traditional cheese from the Basilicata region of southern Italy. It is a stretched-curd cheese made from cow’s milk and has a distinctive braided shape. The cheese is named after the town of Maratea, where it is produced, and can also be found in nearby towns and communes such as Trecchina, Rivello, and Lauria.

Treccia di Massa di Maratea can be found in local cheese shops and markets throughout the region, as well as in specialty food stores in larger cities such as Naples and Rome. Some recommended shops to find the cheese include La Latteria di Maratea in Maratea, Caseificio Artigianale La Fattoria in Trecchina, and Caseificio Artigianale La Stella in Rivello.

This cheese is recognized as a PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) by the Italian government, which means it is produced using traditional methods and ingredients. The specifications for Treccia di Massa di Maratea include:

– Made from cow’s milk
– Stretched-curd cheese
– Braided shape
– Aged for at least 15 days
– Fat content of at least 45%

Treccia di Massa di Maratea can be enjoyed on its own or used in a variety of recipes. One popular dish is pasta with Treccia di Massa di Maratea, where the cheese is melted into a creamy sauce and tossed with pasta. Another recipe is Treccia di Massa di Maratea with roasted vegetables, where the cheese is served alongside roasted eggplant, zucchini, and peppers.

Sources:
– “Treccia di Massa di Maratea DOP.” Prodotti Tipici. https://www.prodottitipici.com/prodotto/treccia-di-massa-di-maratea-dop/
– “Treccia di Massa di Maratea.” Italian Cheese. https://www.italian-cheese.org/cheeses/treccia-di-massa-di-maratea/
– “Treccia di Massa di Maratea.” Slow Food. https://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/ark-of-taste-slow-food/treccia-di-massa-di-maratea/