Dario Cecchini, the butcher in Panzano

Although normally we use Thursdays to talk to you about our villas and provide you with some different inspiration for your next holiday to Italy, today we are bringing you a piece of Italian culture, something so special and unique that we just can’t wait to share it with all our readers!

We have recently talked to you about the wonders of Tuscany (don’t we all the time!) in our post on Villa dei Famosi, last week. This villa sits just 3 kilometres away from Panzano, where the subject of our post this week lives. Dario Cecchini is the butcher in Panzano. But if we only said that, we would risk missing out on so many wonderful aspects of his work and personality. Dario is a bit of a celebrity in the area and if you look on the Internet you will find so much information about him!

Dario’s family have been butchers from 8 generations. From father to son, the knowledge and respect for the animals and the cuts of meat have been passed on in this extraordinary family. Dario has now been a butcher for 38 years, and in his Macelleria, where on his own words “hospitality is sacred”, you can buy beef, pork and lamb in the season.

Image: Solociccia

Image: Solociccia

According to Dario, all animals should have four things: a good life, a good death, a good butcher and a good cook. So throughout his career Dario has researched not only the best cuts of meat but also the best way to cook each cut.

Dario also has opened different restaurants in which you can eat the best cuts of meat cooked to perfection. Dario is considered a bit of a “showman”, as well as a man who has worked hard to actively promote traditional food.

You can find more information about Dario Cecchini, his philosophy and his shop by clicking here. And if you are in the area, we would definitely recommend a visit to this amazing man, a living, breathing piece of Italian culture.



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