The Bilzi family has been producing and ageing Parmigiano Reggiano since the beginning of the last century.
It was Oreste Bilzi who first decided to dedicate himself to the management of his own dairy in a small village in the Parma Valley, in the early 1900s. The Second World War and a series of unfortunate events forced the family to give up the dairy, thankfully to Oreste’s grandson, who at the time, was only a child. He inherited his grandfather’s love of all things to do with cheese, and showed an early interest in agricultural studies at school.
So it was with his knowledge acquired at school, the trade secrets passed on by his grandfather and thorough first-hand experience that Oreste decided to set up Zabo Form in the sixties. The firm has moved on in the last forty years, and whilst the ageing of Parmigiano Reggiano can still be considered its core business, other traditional products from the Emilia Romagna region have been added to the product range in order to provide a complete service. Today, Oreste passes on invaluable advice and suggestions to his children, who have decided to carry on the family business; time will only tell whether his same passion is passed on to his grandson, who as fate would have it, is called Oreste.
- A1 Milan-Bologna motorway: go off at the Parma centro exit (the second exit travelling from Milan, whereas from Bologna it is the first exit)
- Follow directions for Langhirano keeping in the right-hand lane and take Via Rastelli
- Go as far as a small roundabout where you pick up Via Moletolo
- Follow this road as far as the junction with the north ring-road on the right
- Follow directions for the airport
- At the airport roundabout, continue towards Langhirano taking the south ring-road
- Go straight on for a few kilometres over two large roundabouts continuing towards Langhirano
- On reaching the third roundabout near the Campus University, turn right
- Il Casale di Parma - Zabo Form is located 1.5km along this road on the left
Distance: 15 km
Il Casale di Parma holds two important certifications: Quality Management System awarded in 1999 by the DNV; registration as an alimentary firm with approved hygiene standards authorised to supply provisions to the American Armed Forces, since 2000 for the packaging of hard cheeses, extended to cured meats in 2001.
What is said about us
Istituto professionale di Stato per i servizi commerciali, sociali e turistici Pietro Giordani (Progetto "Impresa Formativa Simulata")
"E' il progetto attraverso il quale viene creata, organizzata e sviluppata operativamente l'attività di un'impresa. Tale attività corrisponde - nella forma giuridica, nell'organizzazione, nelle funzioni e nel funzionamento - ad un'impresa reale: l'impresa tutor. L'impresa tutor (ZABO FORM srl) è in diretto collegamento con la scuola e concorre alla programmazione e alla realizzazione di specifici percorsi formativi attraverso testimonianze del proprio personale ed orientando le scelte didattiche verso gli aspetti più significativi delle problematiche aziendali. ..."
Telegraph Weekend 15/06/2002
"... Arriving at the Zabo Form family business on the road between Parma and Langhirano, the prosciutto capital of the world, we are greeted by Enrichetta (Ketty) Bilzi, her brother, her parents, her sister-in-law and her tiny niece. ..."
"... The Bilzi family sells only the best. Prosciutto and Parmigiano are examples of slow food - traditionally reared, grown, produced and protected in Italy with the help of the 'Slow Food' movement that I wrote about some months ago.
The Bilzis sell the absolute slowest. Prosciutto is generally sold after 12-15 months of curing. They sell theirs at a minimum of 18 months with, Ketty believes, a more 'determined' flavour. ..."
"... Parmigiano is matured for at least 12 months, though the average is 18-24 months. The Bilzis age some for three or four years. ..."
"... In the maturation rooms of Ketty's family business - known to the world not by family name, but as Zabo Form - 40.000 cheeses are arranged in tiers on wooden shelves. ..."
Il Buon Paese (Slow Food Editore)
"La famiglia Bilzi vanta una tradizione secolare nell'arte della stagionatura del Parmigiano Reggiano..." "... dal loro magazzino fresco e naturalmente aerato esce un prodotto di alto livello. ..."
La Stampa (inserto Lo Specchio)
"...dal loro magazzino esce un prodotto splendido. ..."
Viaggi & Assaggi - Guida ai percorsi enogastronomici d'Italia (inserto Corriere della Sera)
"... Azienda consigliata per l'acquisto di formaggi e salumi tipici emiliani..."
Consorzio Parmigiano-Reggiano (Ufficio Pubblicità)
"Con riferimento alla partecipazione al Salone del Gusto di Torino siamo a ringraziarvi per la cortese e fattiva collaborazione per la fonitura del vostro prezioso prodotto. ... "
Ageing is extremely both a delicate and difficult process; it involves slow natural ripening characterised by bacterial and enzymatic alterations directly dependent on temperature, humidity and the conditions maintained on the premises.
Zabo Form is fully equipped to satisfy these requirements as it boasts an ultra-modern conditioning system which guarantees constant conditions programmed according to the season and other variables that have been determined over the years.