Similar to romano but studded with whole black peppercorns, this cheese originated in Sicily and reflects the Sicilian love of hearty, robust flavors. Pepato means "pepper" and Sicilians started the tradition of adding black peppercorns to romano. Wisconsin pepato is available with a romano or romano/asiago base. It contains less salt than its imported counterpart, so more of the rich, complex flavor of the cheese comes through. Because the cheese moistens and mellows the peppercorns, the flavor is not as intense as some expect.