ODD MEAL Maggot cheese
This Sardinian cheese is riddled with insect larvae.
‘Casu Marzu’ means ‘rotten cheese’ and is most commonly referred to as ‘maggot cheese.’ The cheese has to be eaten when the maggots are still alive because when they are dead, it is considered to be toxic. It has now been banned for health reasons but can still be found for sale on the black market in Sardinia and other parts of Italy. Since the larvae can jump if they are disturbed, diners also have to shield their eyes.