What makes a food Uncommon?

Asiago PDO, Pecorino Romano PDO, and Speck Alto Adige PGI—two indispensable cheeses and a unique, lightly smoked, air-cured ham—represent all the quality that Europe offers. Behind the production of these uncommon foods are core values supporting environmental protection, sustainable agriculture, local farmers and producers, and safe, traceable food production.

For 1000 years, milk-producing animals have enjoyed a tasty diet of lush, flower-filled grasses in the provinces surrounding the Asiago Plateau, from whence this fabled cheese gets its name. With the Alps as a backdrop, the environment has remained pristine and Asiago PDO a constant source of culinary inspiration.

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For centuries, the people of Alto Adige have preserved ham, flavoring it with herbs and spices, and uniquely blending the air-curing traditions of the Mediterranean and the smoke-curing traditions of the Alps. The process begins with carefully selected, lean, boneless pork legs massaged with garlic, bay leaf, juniper, spices, rosemary, and sea salt. The rub is a treasured family secret of each producer of Speck Alto Adige PGI.

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The first Italian cheeses were made from sheep’s milk 2,000 years ago to feed the soldiers of the Ancient Roman Empire. Sheep still graze on wild and semi-wild pastures filled with native flora in the regions of Sardinia, Lazio and the province of Grosseto. Only here can Pecorino Romano PDO be made from fresh whole sheep’s milk from October to July.

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Marks of Quality PDO & PGI

Choose PDO and PGI foods like Asiago, Pecorino Romano, and Speck Alto Adige to enjoy the uncommon difference these European originals make in the dishes you prepare.

PDO

Protected Designation of Origin

PDO foods have the strongest possible links to original historical practices, because their ingredients must come from and their production must occur within the natural environment in which the product developed.  There, generations of producers have handed down traditional production know-how and codified it into rigorous production standards  followed by all producers. Sustainable agriculture and vigilant product safety and traceability assure extraordinarily high quality.

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PGI

Protected Geographical Indication

PGI foods are made with traditional production methods in their historic places of origin.  While raw ingredients can be sourced outside the production area but within the EU, all ingredients are scrupulously monitored for quality.  All producers follow the same rigorous production standards. Concern for the environment and animal welfare are primary concerns, along with product safety testing and traceability in every step of production, assuring quality.

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