Italian Immigrants Carry on a Legacy in Asiago
Janet Fletcher of the San Francisco Chronicle brings us the story of Sartori-Asiago. Italian immigrants who came to America in the 20th century longed for the cheeses of their homeland, like Asiago and mozzarella. Some of them even tried to recreate the flavors of the Old World. Paolo Sartori ended up in Wisconsin where he created a legacy; his grandchildren now operate Sartori Foods, which produces several cheeses.
The company's Extra-Aged Asiago bears only a faint kinship to the Italian original, but it is an excellent value. Perhaps Paolo's product came closer to the piquant Asiago from his homeland - we'll never know - but his successors have allowed the cheese to evolve in a sweeter direction, in keeping with American taste.