Provolone Valpadana PDO comes from the family of “pasta filata” (spun paste) cheeses, which are characterized by the technique of “spinning” the curd, which has ancient origins. The first notes of this cheese date back to the Middle Ages and come from Southern Italy, the birthplace of the particular production technique.
The Production Regulation for Provolone Valpadana PDO has safeguarded this cheese culture through the identification of a geometric type, replicated in the different weights.
It is the cheese with the greatest variety of shapes and weights of any other dairy product, thanks to the plasticity of the paste, which – during processing – allows cheese makers to dabble in different ways.
There are five typical forms: spherical, pear, cylindrical, salami, and mandarin. They can be produced in weights ranging from 500g to over 100kg.