Monstasio DOP is one of northern Italy’s most well known cheeses, hailing from the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia,in the provinces of Belluno, Treviso and part of Padova and Venice
Montasio’s taste and texture of this cheese can change drastically during the maturation process. In particular, fresh Montasio has a compact texture, with an ivory color, and a soft and delicate taste. As it matures the colour darkens and the flavour intensifies and becomes slightly spicy.
Montasio is a versatile cheese and can be consumed many different ways, often as a table cheese or grated over pasta. It can also used to make a variety of Fruili Venezia Giulia dishes such as the traditional Frico dish, which mixes Montasio with potatoes, onions and bacon. As for wines the it pairs well with the local Merlot DOC or a Pinot Bianco Collio DOC.