ELIZABETH, NJ – Specialty food importer Atalanta shared that one of the newest additions to its Italian cheese Il Villaggio brand is an aged Asiago.

The company said the cheese’s features include a creamy, tangy taste and crumbly interior, which Atalanta suggested make it ideal for grating over pasta dishes, polenta and gratins.

Atalanta shared that the Italian DOP product within the EU has its production governed by the Consortzio Tutela Formaggio Asiago.

“It must be made with the milk of heritage Pezzata Nera and Bruna Alpina cows, and it can only be produced in four provinces of northeastern Italy: Vicenza, Trento and sections of Padova and Treviso,” the company said.

Crafted in the foothills of the Dolomite range of the Italian Alps, the cheese is produced in a territory that extends from the Po River Valley’s lowlands to the Asiago Plateau’s high pastures. Cheeses made exclusively from milk produced, processed and matured in areas 2,000 feet above sea level receive the additional designation of “Product of the Mountains.”

The Il Villaggio brand also has a new Twist & Grate Grana Padano, which features a recyclable grater incorporated into its packaging.