|perfect porcini mushrooms|
|chillis, panzano’s sunday market|
|locals at panzano market|
I soon realised Dario Cecchini’s high status in the village when a local artist’s window display was of a painting of a bright red bistecca with CECCHINI painted across it and an arrow pointing up the road towards the macellerìa. It was, in fact, how we found the shop.
Cecchini is the reason people come to Panzano.The larger than life owner, Dario Cecchini was behind the counter preparing customer’s orders the day we were there. He’s a perfectionist when it comes to butchering top quality meat. Even after 35 years in the business, he continues to perfect his skills at the block. He also has three well established restaurants that, unfortunately, we did not have a chance to try as two are closed on Sundays and the other requires reservations.
Antica Macellerìa Falorni, is another famous butchery established by the Falorni family back in 1729. If you have any aversion to pork…. steer clear!
As you open the door, bold smells of curing prosciutto wisps through your nose. Your eyes are drawn up to the ceilings lined wall to wall with ageing meats, antique butcher tools and garlic.
The store was packed with tourists, locals and lots of pork. A gorgeous cheese cave on the lower ground was a fun discovery and deserves a mention along with the prized sows.