Asiago Cheese Options: Our Top 6 Picks

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Tomato, Basil, And Burrata Spaghetti

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In the early aughts, America faced an invasion… and not the kind of invasion you may think. No, this invasion was of a cheesy nature and it originated from Northern Italy. That’s right, we’re talking about the early aughts’ invasion of Asiago cheese.

Suddenly and partially due to the explosive popularity of Panera Bread, Asiago cheese was everywhere. We found it on bagels, in soups, and liberally garnished shreds on salads. Do you want a ham sandwich? Try it with Asiago. Not even snack mixes, charcuterie boards, tuna melts, or pastries were safe from the all-encompassing grasp of Asiago cheese.

Those crispy, heady bits of full-force flavor started showing up on just about everything. We loved it, but many of us did not truly understand why. What is it about this enchanting cheese that propelled it from the depths of obscurity to one of the most popular, high-demand artisanal cheese favorites so quickly?

This article will explore this exact question. What made Asiago so popular? And further, what are the best options for Asiago on the market? Sure, you are never far from a bagel with a few shreds of it, but what if you want to get at the very heart and core of the Asiago experience? (And who doesn’t?)

Comparison Table

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Well, in order to get at that, you will, of course, need to know what the top six Asiago cheese varieties actually are. To that end, we’ll be providing an in-depth analysis of the six brands we found to be of the highest quality. But one would be lost if they only understood the brand names of the best Asiago cheese. To truly understand this treat, we will need to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Asiago. We’ll dive right into our analysis of the six we picked, but first, let us answer the most frequently asked questions about this cheese.

Product FAQ

1

What Is Asiago Cheese?

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Asiago is an Italian cheese made from cow's milk. Unlike many cheese types that can be easily sorted into a soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, and hard categorizations, Asiago is a cheese that can actually occupy any of these categories.

Asiago can be produced at different textures depending on how long it is aged. Fresh Asiago cheese (called Asiago Pressato in Italian) is smooth. Aged Asiago takes on a crumbly texture and is called Asiago d'Allevo in Italian.

Asiago is a bit like Scotch or Champagne in that the only “authentic” versions of the product is produced in a certain region. Champagne produced outside of the Champagne region of France is technically just sparkling wine. Scotch produced outside of Scotland is technically just whiskey. These products are named after the region they originate from. Only Asiago produced around the alpine area of the Asiago Plateau (specifically the regions of Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige) can be authentically named “Asiago.”

2

Who Invented Asiago Cheese?

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Asiago cheese originated in the eponymous Asiago Plateau in Italy. For centuries sheep farming had been the predominant occupation of the Asiago Plateau. This was until cattle replaced sheep slowly over the course of the sixteenth century. The centuries-old traditional techniques for processing sheep’s milk techniques were simultaneously improved upon and preserved while the cheese-makers wrestled with new animals, new animal fats, and modern cheese-making techniques.

The result was a cheese we know and love today: Asiago. The blend of old and new techniques has forever marked this perpetually evergreen cheese.

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Which Wines Pair Well With Asiago Cheese?

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A nice glass of a mouth-drying, earthy, red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon pairs excellently with Asiago cheese. Seek out a Cab Sauv that contains notes of black fruit, tobacco, and/or leather, and you’ll be quite surprised at how well Asiago sings for you. There’s a certain “rough rider” quality to the saddleback and tobacco notes that come through in this pairing, but for those who are not satisfied by milder tastes, this combination is king.

Other than Cab Sauv, Asiago pairs excellently with wines made from Syrah (also called Shiraz) grapes. Like Cab Sauv, these red wines pucker in your mouth. They also tend to contain plummy notes on top of their leather and black pepper elements, creating a great one-two punch when used to wash down some Asiago.

If you can get your hands on some Spanish Rioja, we’ve found that it is also an excellent companion to Asiago cheese Spanish Rioja pairs well because of its blackberry, black cherry, and black currant elements. The blend creates a jammy offset to the earthen flavor elements found within Asiago.

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Which Beers Pair Well With Asiago Cheese?

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Because Asiago is a nutty and sharp cheese, it needs a beer that is tart and sweet to balance its innate robustness. Belgian style sour beers are great for this purpose as are Gueuze brews made from any other country. The real winner we found was not really a beer at all: try Asiago with hard cider. You will thank us.

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Where Can You Buy Asiago Cheese?

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Most grocery stores and fromageries will sell at least one brand of Asiago cheese. If you have never tried Asiago and just want a taste, you can always swing by one of those ubiquitous Panera Bread locations and throw a dart at their menu. It is very likely to hit something with Asiago. If you have trouble finding it in person, then there is always the wide world of shopping on the world wide web. For that reason, all the cheese we cover in our assessment can be found online through Amazon.

How We Reviewed

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The following products were reviewed based on the following parameters: Features, Pros & Cons, Price, and how you can pair the cheese. Additionally, we used our noses, eyes, ears, and bellies to make the ultimate Asiago decision.

Overall Price Range Of Asiago Cheese

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You can buy Asiago cheese as cheap as $ or spend as much as $$$. It really depends on the type of cheese eating experience you are looking for and how much you buy. This cheese can be sold in a cheese round, by the slice, and in pre-cut pieces. Your cheese preferences dictate the overall price point of the Asiago.

What We Reviewed

  • igourmet
  • The Wisconsin Cheeseman
  • Frank and Sal
  • Manchego 
  • Milano's
  • Wisconsin Cheese Spread

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About

From far away Italy, this rich and creamy cheese is cultured and shipped to your front door. Some have even described igourmet's Asiago as having a butterscotch flavor. These cheese-makers do not mess around. igourmet expedites your cheese shipment inside a reusable insulated cooler. This above and beyond shipping behavior is done to ensure your cheese's freshness.

Pros 

  • Great to grate
  • A real salad enhancer
  • Italiano
  • A good companion to Pinot Grigio

Con

  • Overseas shipping possibly required
  • More expensive than other options

Eat With

The recommended pairing is with Pinot Grigio, a great wine in its own regard. Naturally, the cheese is delicious when eating by the slice or when grating onto a salad.


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This Asiago cheese from Wisconsin is aged for at least 12 months; this is done to achieve and ensure creamy maturity that both you and your family will love. The extra-aged nature of this cheese lends itself praise and adoration by the experts. So if you are a type 6 on the Enneagram, then this could be the cheese for you!

Pros 

  • Creamy and full of flavor
  • From Wisconsin
  • Aged 12 months
  • Great for Type 5s

Con

  • More expensive than other options

Eat With


You can enjoy this great cheese with whatever tickles your fancy, but it pairs well with olives and a big glass of Chianti.


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Cheese, cheese, the musical loot is the best thing from Italia too. You know a cheese is great when the price is a little too high, the size is small, and the little block is imported. From Italy and aged to perfection, this imported cheese might be the cheese made especially for you. PastaCheese is a company trying to make the best cheese that they can.

Pros 

  • Imported from Italy
  • Great to pair with wine
  • A great flavor

Con

  • Not the cheapest
  • Not for everyone

Eat With

Pair this with your favorite wine, or a nice bowl of aged olives for a spicy pairing.

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Cheese, cheese, the musical loot is the best thing from Italia too. You know a cheese is great when the price is a little too high, the size is small, and the little block is imported. From Italy and aged to perfection, this imported cheese might be the cheese made especially for you. PastaCheese is a company trying to make the best cheese that they can.

Pros 

  • Imported from Italy
  • Great to pair with wine
  • A great flavor

Con

  • Not the cheapest
  • Not for everyone

Eat With

Pair this with your favorite wine, or a nice bowl of aged olives for a spicy pairing.


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In the name of convenience, this cheese comes in a deli cup, so you can transport it and pour it to your heart’s desire. It is a high-quality cheese and an Italian product. Nevertheless, you can expect that every bag will be the same because quality and consistency are the pride and joy of this company. Milano even backs their cheese with a 100 percent money-back guarantee.

Pros 

  • Convenience
  • From Italy
  • 100 percent guarantee

Con

  • Mass manufactured
  • Easy to obtain so less impressive
  • Price for quality 

Eat With

Pair this with a big sandwich and other cheese. It comes pre-grated.

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A great product of the good old US of A. This cheese is aged and naturally crafted in Wisconsin. You can trust this brand. Wisconsin Cheese Spread--Aged Asiago is a cold packed cheese food, ready to serve when it is delivered to your door. So get ready for the next delivery to your door.

The company guarantees that this cheese spread will last at least a whole year after you open it. Imagine, using the same dip two years in a row for your holiday party (and no one will know)! You might even feel like you are the big cheese!

Pros

  • Easy to keep fresh
  • A dip not a block of cheese
  • Aged
  • Natural cheese 

Con

  • Not the cheapest
  • Not a block, so not for every purpose

Eat With

Since this is a spread, not a block, you should pair it with a hamburger or and sandwich with pickles and use it instead of mustard.


The Verdict

We loved the gourmet Asiago d'Alllevo DOP Oro del Tempo due to the absolute unique flavor palate it provided. The guarantees and shipping methods left us impressed and wanting another slice.

Not to mention, the flavor was out of this world. The butterscotch and cream notes are heavy and maintained throughout the cheese. Additionally, it paired so well with so many wines we had to pick it as the easiest to pair and eat.

The only drawback was being left wanting another bite when there wasn't any more to be had. Hopefully, you will not make the same mistake as we did by eating the whole block in one sitting. We can’t believe we ate the whole thing!

Ingredients & Instruction

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This is such a simple recipe that any skill level can take it on; yet it is filled with favor and sure to please anyone who loves pasta and fresh ingredients.

In just one pot, combine fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, pasta and olive oil. Make sure the pasta is done, and then toss with olive oil and top with large spoonfuls of burrata cheese.

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