Butcher’s shop, our best around South Tuscany and North Umbria
What to Buy first: The Chianina brand in Valdichiana guarantees to the consumer the fine taste and the quality of the meat, extremely flavoury and with a low fat content. The breeding of the Chianina species from Valdichiana, as the adjective shows, provides meat for the production in five Tuscany provinces.
Second, Maialino di Cinta senese (Tuscan pork). It is the only Tuscan native swine breed to survive extinction. The snout is long and the animal has black hair and a white band from which its name is derived. The pigs grow free in the forests eating grass and acorns. The very low fat is not separate from the lean, and it provides flavour and taste. In the 1980s, due to the changes in agricultural system, the breed suffered a severe numerical reduction. Today there are about 200 sows in 80 herds. Most of the herds have been started for breeding less then 10 years ago, often as a hobby or in connection with agritourism, but increasingly for production of lard, salami, prosciutto etc.
Where: L.A. CHIANINA DI MANIERI – via Trieste , 23 – Chiusi Scalo (SI) – Tel/Fax 0578 21183. It’s a butcher shop run by people with a long experience in the industry and always ready to meet your needs. Its motto is “quality and courtesy”. http://www.carnechianina.net/
BUTCHER CARLA IN PACIANO – A small but equipped place where you can make special order for Chianina, wild chicken and more. It is at Piazza della Repubblica, 4, Paciano Perugia - Tel: 075 830446
If you are around Florence, don’t miss ANTICA MACELLERIA CECCHINI, Via XX Luglio, 11 Panzano in Chianti Firenze – tel. +39 055 852020 Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday /Sunday 9 – 14 – Friday /Saturday 9 – 18. http://www.dariocecchini.com/antica_macelleria_eng.html
Or if you are in Chianti, don’t miss ANTICA MACELLERIA FALORNI, the historical butchery where since the 1729 you can find the specialties of the local norcineria, the Prosciutto Saporito di Greve and all the bagged, products also in the version of pig of Surrounded Senese and with wild boar, from the Finocchiona to the Noble Salami of Heavy in Chianti, realized with the noble parts of the pork, still to the Salami to the Classical Chianti. Specialty: Bistecca alla Fiorentina from italian young veal. Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 71 at Greve in Chianti, Firenze – Tel.: +39 055 853029 – Fax: +39 055 8544312 – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.falorni.it
Shops in Tuscany are usually opened by 9.30 AM to 1.00 PM and by 4.30 or 5.00 PM in summer to 7.30 PM – Never on Sunday – Markets all are cloesed on Thursday. (Mostly in Umbria)