If you like cheese, Italy is the place to go. There’s Parmesan for your pasta, mozzarella for your pizza, and provolone for your salami sandwich.
But there’s one kind of Italian cheese that’s hard to find. It’s called casu marzu (KAH-zoo MART-zoo)—and in Italy, it’s illegal to sell it.
Why would selling cheese be against the law? To find out, let’s visit the Italian island of Sardinia. Cheese makers there have been making casu marzu for hundreds of years. And if you’re lucky, you’ll find someone willing to give you a taste.
Sit down. Watch while your host cuts open a big wheel of creamy casu marzu. And—wait! The cheese looks like it’s alive. You look closer, and now you understand. There are hundreds of maggots squirming in the cheese.