Provolone - Pro-vo-lo´-neh
Description: Like Mozzarella, Provolone is made by the Pasta Filata process. Slightly piquant when young with a firm texture that becomes granular with age, Provolone is made with different cultures, resulting in a fuller, more assertive flavor than Mozzarella. In earlier times, Italian cheesemakers heated curing rooms for Provolone with wood fires, which imparted a slightly smoky flavor to the cheese. Today, Wisconsin cheesemakers produce both smoked and unsmoked Provolone.