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Gavasseto e Roncadella
An historic merger of two neighboring dairies on a mission to achieve more together, Caseificio di Gavasseto e Roncadella is a Parmigiano Reggiano co-operative that sources from 17 local farms. Located in the Reggio Emilia plain, the co-operative is directed by two iconic master cheesemakers, one of whom is the only Parmigiano-Reggiano woman master cheesemaker, una casara—Marisa Verzelloni from Roncadella (the other casaro is Silvano from the previous Gavasseto dairy). Not afraid to walk their own paths, Marisa and Silvano have decided to merge their co-ops, keep their sourcing local, and pass their knowledge onto their families and employees (rather than aging out and dissolving their projects). This co-op works hard year round to produce high quality cheese that the locals and premium retailers love. Their approaches to cheesemaking have blended to create an exemplary 24-month Parmigiano-Reggiano. This crown jewel is rich, balanced between sweet and salty, and persistent. They are currently using the Parmigiano Reggiano farm number 168 on their wheels.