It Starts with the Cheese

Every great creation starts with a recipe. And awesome recipes start with quality ingredients. It’s what guides us in our relentless pursuit of quality and excellence in everything we make, so you’re guaranteed the best in your pursuit. This is just one story about one ingredient that makes our Italian cuisine what people come back for. Quality cheese from Grande Cheese Co.

Grande’s story began in 1891, in the small Sicilian village of Montelepre, Italy, where founder Filippo Candela was then born. It was in this warm, agriculturally rich region where he learned the art of making fine Italian cheese.

In 1925, shortly after marrying his wife Provvidenza, Filippo moved from the economic instability of post-war Italy to America in search of better opportunities. Initially purchasing a small dairy farm and orchard, he moved to Wisconsin to pursue his passion for cheese making. Speaking only a few words of English, they met an Italian cheese buyer from the Old World. This meeting sowed the seeds of a new cheese company formed by Filippo and a handful of family and friends. They named it Grande – a fitting name as the Italian word for ‘greatness’ – and its authentic cheeses soon became favorites with Italian immigrant families across the United States.

In the early years, Grande crafted traditional, aged Italian eating and grating cheeses such as Provolone and Romano. As pizza grew in popularity, Grande began to produce its trademarked Mozzarella, which soon became recognized as the most exceptional of cheeses for pizza. Grande cheeses are now known and trusted nationally as “The finest Italian cheeses money can buy!”

It Starts with the Cows

Grande works with a select group of dedicated milk producers who share their passion for quality and a strong commitment to sustainability. Together, they work to improve milk production, ensure they’ve exceeding the nation’s highest standards of quality ­and protect the environment in various communities. Grande’s field services team and veterinarian regularly visit farms and meet with producers. They offer support and advice on proper cow handling, milking routines, stall maintenance, calf care, calving management, working with the milking equipment, as well as offering milk quality management training and support for farm employees. The Grande staff includes a full-time health and wellness veterinarian to help ensure overall herd health and milk quality.

Sustainable Farming Practices

Grande works with producers who share our commitment to caring for the environment. Many of these are multi-generational family operations that reinvest in sustainable solutions to ensure the health and success of their herds and lands for generations to come. From implementing renewable technology such as methane digesters (which power about 1/3 of our milk supply) to reducing soil erosion and their carbon footprint; it’s all about looking after our natural resources for future generations.

So what does this all mean for you and your family? It means you can rest assured knowing that the reason all of the  Ynot Italian dishes taste so amazing, is because all of our meals are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.