Ricotta is a whey based cheese from Italy. Its texture is quite soft and wet, easily mix with other ingredients. It is isn’t salted very much if at all and has almost a sweet taste.ricotta is used in a variety of dishes both sweet and salty. It is the prime ingredient of lasagna and other Italian pasta entrées. As well it is also part of the filling in cannolis and other Italian desserts including cheesecake. You can buy ricotta at any grocery store.