But we decided to go with it anyway and grate it over our fresh cheese and sausage ravioli. ...And now we're so glad! It was delicious.
Piave Vecchio has much of that deliciously savory umami flavor of more familiar Parmesan, but with a brighter snap and more sweetness. It's still aged for at least a year, so it's not a fresh new cheese, but it still has a lighter taste. It also has some slight overtones of toasty Gruyere and some of the sweetness of aged Gouda.
Piave is made in the mountainous Piave River Valley region of Belluno, Italy, out of cow's milk. It is made by a dairy cooperative called the Cooperativa Latte Busche.
It was a delicious cheese - especially now in the summer when we want lighter, sweeter, fresher tasting food. We highly recommend it, and we'll definitely revisit it this summer. In fact, we may shift Parmigiano back to the fall and make Piave Vecchio our summer pasta cheese.