I discovered Zerto Rotola at Starsky’s Market in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. At first glance I thought it was a goat cheese because of the small log shape that is typical of goat cheese. But then I saw something red poking out of the ends. I picked up the package to examine it closer. Next I noticed some green stuff also poking out of the ends. My cheese curiosity was placed on high alert and I had to buy it.
Zerto Rotola is a product of the United States and imported into Canada by Finica Food Specialties Ltd of Mississauga. It is made by John Volpi & Company Inc. who have trademarked the name “Rotola“. In Italian, Rotola means “small wheel”. The Volpi Foods company is a family-owned, global food corporation and America’s oldest manufacturer of authentic Italian meat products, according to their website.
I unwrapped the Zerto Rotola Mozzarella Cheese Roll. It had a thin layer of hot Salami wrapped around the outside. I was half expecting it to fall apart or unroll, but that was not the case. It was neatly compressed.
I decided to slice the Rotola into pieces cut about 1/4″ thick to reveal an appealing spiral design. I imagine you could also stick a skewer in one end and eat this like a corn dog.
The Zerto Mozzarella Cheese Roll looked very attractive presented this way. It would be great as an hors d’oeuvre or appetizer. The beautiful thing is that it takes so little effort to end up with something looking so …. sophisticated. Open the package, slice, and serve. Love it.
What does Zerto Mozzarella Cheese Roll with Hot Salami and Pepperoncini taste like? The package says it is “The Genuine Taste of Italy”. I’m not sure about the “Genuine” part because I’ve never been to Italy. But it certainly does have an Italian flair. The spice of the hot Salami is smoothed by the mellow mozzarella. But wait … what about the Pepperoncini? That was the big surprise for me! I have mixed hot salami with mild cheese before, usually on a toothpick. It pairs well. But I have never paired either with Pepperoncini. The triple combination is wonderful.
What started as an impulsive curiosity has ended up being a great cheese product discovery for me. I really liked this one.
Disclosure: I am not affiliated with this product in any way. I just buy it and try it.