Pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds, Trecce is a hand-plaited pasta filata cheese. In Italian, Trecce means ‘braid’. It essentially has the same delicate, milky flavour as bocconcini, with a delightfully stringy texture once cut or torn apart. Trecce is a gorgeous entree or addition to a cheese platter as it has a wonderful presentation. It is best served with tomatoes and basil or roasted vegetables. We also often enjoy this cheese simply: drizzled with the finest extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar of Modena.
This cheese is only made by hand. The cheesemaker puts the cheese into very hot water so that it becomes malleable, and pulls it into a long piece which is then plaited into a neat braid. Our founder Gerardo taught his son Claude to make this cheese as a teenager. Gerry instructed Claude to perfect his method by tying a tea towel to the back of a chair to practice plaiting the towel. Gerry did not allow Claude to stop until he mastered the art of cheese/towel plaiting!
In this video, you can watch our cheesemaker Lucio (Sam) plait the Trecce by hand. Sam has been with us for over 15 years and he has always plaited the Trecce fresh daily to sell in our Factory Outlet Shop.