Il Villaggio Taleggio is a sophisticated Italian cheese because of its complex flavor, texture and aroma. Aged 40-50 days instead of just the usual 35-40 days for a more natural and superior seasoning. With its Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O.) status, Taleggio’s versatility is limited only by creativity.
Taleggio is named for its northern Italian birthplace, the Val Taleggio in the Lombardy region. This cheese dates back almost a thousand years, but only came onto the international scene after World War I. Carefully controlled by the European Union, Taleggio is made in only a few select locations. Il Villaggio Taleggio is aged naturally in caves. Modern day production of Taleggio is similar to the cheese’s traditional hand-made, small farm roots.
Il Villaggio Taleggio is a washed rind cow’s milk cheese. The cheese paste is compact, yellowish in color and springy to the touch. It has a strong, pungent aroma and a velvety texture.
Il Villaggio Taleggio has a complex flavor, a bit sweet with a hint of butter, a tinge of saltiness and a slight truffle aftertaste.
Taleggio is quite versatile, most often served as a table cheese. It melts well though and is especially delicious on top of hot polenta or in omelets. There are several good wines to pair with Taleggio, big red Italian wines tend to compliment it best.