Italian gourmet foods and cuisine are one of the most highly recognized and most traditional of all ethnic cooking traditions. Italian cookery has exotic elements that have been handed down from Roman times, Italy's proximity to the mountains and the ocean adds a brilliant variety of ingredients to Italian gastronomy. Italian cheese-making is superb, producing some of the highest quality gourmet cheeses in the world like Gorgonzola, Provolone and Mozzarella di Buffalla. Charcuterie in Italy is legendary, producing famous products like Prosciutto de Parma, and Prosciutto San Danielle. The famous Italian gourmet truffles from the piedmont and alba regions are some of the best the world has to offer. Simply extraordinary.