Quadrello di Bufala is made by Caseficio Quattro Portoni, originally a family cattle company that transformed the farm into a water buffalo dairy and cheesemaking facility in the early 2000s. Located in the Bergamo province of Italy, the farm turned to water buffalo as a way to preserve traditional cheesemaking practices that had been present as far back as the 7th Century when the species was first introduced to the country. Breaking free from convention, the cheesemakers decided not just to settle for the omnipresent (and wildly delicious) mozzarella that water buffalo are renowned for. To the joy of cheese lovers everywhere, Quattro Portoni now makes an array of cheeses ranging from fresh ricotta to a transcendent blue.
Reminiscent of Taleggio, in both its shape and rind treatment, Quadrello di Bufala commands just as much attention as its cows' milk counterpart while maintaining a far more reserved flavor profile. The sticky, semi-soft paste is pleasantly mild yet packed with the hearty notes of thick cream flavors found in water buffalo cheeses. An intriguing yeasty note weaves in and out across your palate and invites this restrained washed rind cheese to delight the senses.
Farm / Company: Quattro Portoni
Milk Type: Buffalo
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Aging: 55 days
Size(s): 5 pounds