Find authentic Italian soft cheeses at well-stocked supermarkets, gourmet food shops and wine stores in most metropolitan areas. If you live outside a city or prefer shopping at home, there are several American online food retailers that sell real Italian cheeses, such as iGourmet.com, GourmetFoodStore.com and Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. at PenMac.com.
You can also order Italian cheese from purveyors based in Italy, such as OnlyItalianProducts.com, but you may have to pay import and duty fees when the order enters the United States. Check the purveyor's shipping costs and guidelines before ordering from abroad.
Many Italian soft cheeses, such as Gorgonzola, Robiola di Roccaverano and Taleggio, have Protected Designation of Origin status, which is quality assurance from the European Union, or Denominazione di Origine Controllata status, which is quality assurance specific to Italy. A food bearing the PDO seal was made in accordance with EU standards using ingredients and techniques specific to a production area in Italy. For example, a package of Gorgonzola bearing the PDO stamp was made in the Piedmont or Lombardy regions using local ingredients. PDO- and DOC-designated cheese costs slightly more than similar cheese of the same variety, but the designation assures it was made according to tradition.