Praise Dario Cecchini!
Antica Macelleria Cecchini, Dario's butcher shop in Panzano, where we witnessed him chopping up some steaks off a large hunk of beef. He effortlessly and skillfully wielded his cleaver and knife, creating a fine stack of steaks. Yet this was but the preliminary before dinner as above the butcher shop, hidden behind a secret door, is the Officina della Bistecca, his restaurant which is an homage to all things beef. We passed through the secret portal and climbed the stairs to the restaurant, as if ascending to a carnivore heaven.
Fontodi winery. Giovanni raises, naturally, about 30 Chianina cows and 1 bull on his estate. While visiting the winery, we also got to see his cattle. Giovanni provides Dario with one cow per month for his restaurant and he does not sell his cows to anyone else. When Giovanni was a small boy, his father used to own about 100 cows, and Giovanni is caring on a family tradition.
2010 Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico, a silky smooth and elegant wine with nice red fruit flavors. It seemed to pair so well with all of the beef dishes.
Viva la ciccia!