Our story begins with two brothers almost
a century ago, in 1919, in the northern
Sardiniantown of Thiesi. An area of fields
and meadows, famous Pecorino cheeses have
been made here for thousands of years.
They are many and varied:
from the freshest varieties made to be sampled
straight away, to the matured chesses with a
strong and decisive flavor. Traditionally it was
the same shepherds or small producers who
created these cheeses.
It was only at the start of the 1900s that larger
scale production began on the island, the work of
traders coming from afar who sought only one
variety: the classic Pecorino Romano for grating.
The two brothers, Giommaria and Francesco Pinna,
wanted to produce Sardinian cheeses and make them
famous beyond the island, and they began their work
by uniting lots of small producers. They had a vision:
they knew there was a large market for these Sardinian
productsin Italy and in the United States. They
produced Pecorino Romano, but also worked together
to create numerous other traditional Sardinian cheeses.
Their company grew year by year, with the creation
of new, state of the art cheese making factories where
centuries of knowledge were merged with the most up
to date technology. They knew that the key to success
lied in the milk from the Sardinian herds, which grazed
freely and ate wild grasses, and aromatic plants.
Thanks to their unique qualities and the best processes,
the cheeses created in the brothers’ factories were always
made to the standard of the centuries-old tradition from
which they originated. Decades have come and gone and
the two brothers have not been at the head of the
company for some time, but Pinna is still a family firm.
Today the grandsons of Giommaria and Francesco are in
charge and are now the third generation of the family to
run the company. Today there are many cheeses bearing
their brand and the flavors of Sardinia. In fact, many people
in Italy and throughout the world know and love Sardinian
food thanks, in part, to these two brothers, Giommaria and
Francesco, who looked out from their small and beautiful
hometown of Thiesi and saw the world.