Stracchino, also known as crescenza, is a soft cow’s-milk cheese typical of Lombardia, Piemonte, and Veneto. Both the words stracchino and crescenza are derived from the word “stracco” which translates to “tired.” It’s said that the cheese is made from the milk of tired cows that move up and down the mountains in the northern regions of Italy. Their milk therefore has a higher fat content and is more acidic in makeup. 


Stracchino is soft, creamy and spreadable and has no rind. It’s eaten very young and is mild in flavor. The cheese is often paired with arugula and prosciutto and is often served alongside jam and honey. It is a common filling for a piadina.