Rather elegant at first sight, Toma PDO is cylindrical in shape, with flat surfaces, slightly convex sides, and rather precise dimensions: its diameter ranges between 15 and 35 cm, its height between 6 and 12 cm depending on the seasoning and production, and its weight can vary from 1.8 to 9 kg. "Toma Piemontese" PDO is made exclusively from full-fat or semi-skimmed cow's milk (and in any case, the fat content of the dry part is never less than 40%). The crust, on which the traceability logo is stamped, is supple and smooth, and can be light straw to reddish brown in colour, according to the seasoning. Inside, the cheese is a pale straw-yellow and features a soft texture with tiny, widespread holes. Finally, it's time to sample its flavour: sweet with a pleasantly delicate aroma, it caters to every taste. Its area of origin, as certified by the PDO scheme, includes the provinces of Novara, Vercelli, Biella, Torino, Cuneo and Verbano Cusio Ossola, as well as the municipalities of Acqui Terme, Terzo, Bistagno, Ponti and Denice in the province of Alessandria and Monastero Bormida, Roccaverano, Mombaldone, Olmo Gentile and Serole in the province of Asti.