Caciocavallo of the Migrant

Dec 26, 2017 1555

BY: Vittoria Traverso

Picture this: It’s the early 20th century, and you are leaving your hometown in Southern Italy to board a ship that will take you thousands of miles across the Atlantic to build a new life in the United States. You really want to take comfort foods with you, such as your beloved cheese and cured pork, but it’s illegal to transport meats into the country. You can, however, bring cheese. What do you do?

A resourceful group of migrants from Vallo di Diano, a town in Salerno, managed to solve the riddle: You hide the pork inside the cheese. That is how caciocavallo dell’emigrante, literally the “caciocavallo of the migrant,” came to be. 

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