Where: Lombardy, Italy
Milk Type: water buffalo, pasteurized
Rind: washed & stinky
Shape: 5lb square
Flavor: rich butter, cave, nutty, mushrooms
Quadrello di Bufala is an Italian farmstead water buffalo cheese in a style akin to Taleggio. Made by the same Lombardy brothers in Bergamo, Caseficio Quattro Portoni, who create Casatica di Bufala, Quadrello is very earthy, a strong and alluring nose full of cave smells, mushrooms… and a very nutty, salty, buttery , mouth-coating paste. The family dairy operation started with cattle in the 1960’s and has been working with buffalo the past few years, now making some two dozen water buffalo-based cheeses. Bordering on decadent, I’m not sure I’d ever eat Taleggio again if a water buffalo version were available.
Serve it with a well-aged, leathery Sangiovese, especially Brunello. In a dessert course, I’d wager that older Amarone or Port would be a flattering pairing.