L'Antica Macelleria Cecchini, the butcher shop of Dario Cecchini in Panzano

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Dario Cecchini :: Antica Macelleria Cecchini

Dario Cecchini descends from a long line of butchers and has recreated an antique-style macelleria on the site of the family shop which was destroyed during the war. As well as being an extremely creative butcher and an excellent cook, he's a showman who has done a lot to promote Panzano and traditional food. Dario Cecchini is famous as a propagandist for bistecca alla fiorentina. His shop is a tourist attraction as well as a place to buy unusual cuts of fresh meat and prepared meats.

Tuscan culinary specialities

Restaurant Solociccia

Solociccia Restaurant

In late 2006, Dario Cecchini opened an outlet, named RISTORANTE SOLOCICCIA ("Only Meat") across the road from his butchers shop, where his specialities may be enjoyed. Currently there are two seatings (7 pm and 9 pm) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and one on Sunday at 1 pm (check these times). It's a fixed price menu and you can bring your own wine. Reservations are highly recommended.

Restaurant Solociccia

Ristorante Solociccia

Cecchini Restaurant Panzano

Ristorante Cecchini Panzano

Tuscan cooking lessons in Florence or near Montespertoli in the Tuscan countryside

Jacopo and Anna, of "Let's Cook",  offer lessons in the art of traditional Tuscan cooking, from pasta preparation through roast meat courses. Course are available at an attractive apartment in a historic palazzo in Florence or at their Tuscan farmhouse near Montespertoli. They also offer meals catered at your vacation accommodation in Chianti. More about "Let's Cook" with Jacopo and Anna.

Tuscan cooking lessons in Chianti

Tuscan cooking lessons in Chianti, personal chef at your vacation rental

Elisa, your personal chef in Tuscany, is available for meals catered at your vacation accommodation and for Tuscan cooking lessons. Traditional and innovative meals prepared for groups of 2 to 20 staying in the Chianti territory of Tuscany. Choose from one of my menus or discuss with me a completely novel lunch or dinner. Advice on local pasta, produce and wines enthusiastically provided. More about Elisa, your personal Tuscan chef

Italy for the Gourmet Traveler
Revised (Paperback)

Fred Plotkin

In the most complete gastronomic guide to Italy ever published, Fred Plotkin takes you beyond the traditional tourist experience, revealing the true richness of this nation's extraordinary cuisine and the lifestyle that surrounds it. From country markets and wineries to city restaurants and cooking schools, you will discover Italian culinary treasures and pleasures that no other book offers.

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany

Bill Buford

This is the famous book by Bill Buford who transforms himself into a cook primarily in the notoriously difficult, cramped kitchens of New York's three star Babbo. He also makes the pilgrimmage to Tuscany to learn butchery from Mario Cecchini, providing an extremely entertaining and informative section of the book.

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