Crescenza cheese, also known as Stracchino, is a fresh Italian cheese from Lombardy, Piedmont, and Veneto.
The name 'Crescenza' is derived from the Italian word 'stracca', which means 'tired' in English. It is said that the cheese made from the milk of tired cows moving seasonally up and down the Alps is rich in fats and more acidic in nature.
Crescenza is a very soft cheese with a creamy, spreadable texture and no rind. It usually has a mild and delicate flavour.
This rich, fresh cheese is ideally eaten on its own or paired with fresh rocket salad and prosciutto. It is also used on pizzas, in risottos or baked in focaccia. As a part of the cheeseboard, Crescenza is usually served beside a selection of jams and honey.