Asiago cheese (pronounced /??si'??go?/) is an Italian cheese that according to the different aging can assume different textures, from smooth for the fresh Asiago cheese (Asiago Pressato) to a crumbly texture for the aged cheese (Asiago d'allevo) of which the flavour is reminiscent of sharp Cheddar and Parmesan. The aged cheese is often grated in salads, soups, pastas, and sauces while the fresh Asiago cheese is sliced to prepare panini or sandwiches; it can also be melted on a variety of dishes. Asiago is treated as interchangeable with the parmesan and romano cheeses in some cuisines. As Asiago has a protected designation of origin (Denominazione di Origine Protetta or DOP, see below), the only "official" Asiago cheese is produced in the alpine area of the town of Asiago, province of Vicenza, in the Veneto region, and now is also made in the Alpine region of the Province of Trento, which has become part of the DOP area for Asiago cheese production. Most Asiago cheese in the world, however, is made elsewhere using techniques and cultures that produce a cheese of the same or similar flavour.