The important recognition of Protected Designation of Origin was given to Piave cheese by the European Union in 2010. Like all Italian DOP cheeses, the production of Piave cheese follows strict rules laid down and protected by the Standards of Production of the Consortium of Protection; these include the obligation of marking the whole side of the cheeses and personalizing them with a silk paper label. Depending on the ageing, Piave cheese can be of four types: fresh (a minimum of 20 days of ageing), “mezzano” (minimum 60 days), old (minimum 180 days) and very old (minimum 12 months). This cheese has a semi-cooked paste, with a soft and light rind in the fresh type, which becomes thicker and more consistent, the longer the period of ageing. In fresh Piave DOP, the paste is very light and compact, whilst in the aged cheese it becomes increasingly straw yellow in colour and with a crumbly structure.
It can be served as a table cheese or as a basic ingredient in traditional recipes such as “formait frit”, fried cheese accompanied by polenta and sauerkraut. The riper types are also widely used grated.