L'Antica Macelleria Cecchini

The small town of Panzano in Chianti, 10km south of Greve in Chianti, is known throughout Italy as the location of L'Antica Macelleria Cecchini, a butcher's shop owned and run by the ever-extroverted Dario Cecchini. This Tuscan celebrity has carved out a niche for himself as a poetry-spouting guardian of the bistecca (steak) and other Tuscan meaty treats, and he operates three eateries clustered around the macelleria: Officina della Bistecca, with a set menu built around the famous bistecca; Solociccia, where guests sample meat dishes other than steak; and Dario DOC, his casual lunchtime-only eatery. Book ahead for the Officina and Solociccia. When we last visited, Cecchini had plans to add a fourth eatery to his empire – check the website for an update.