Dario Cecchini No Reservation Toscana Anthony Bourdain

Dario Cecchini No Reservation Toscana Anthony Bourdain

Dario Cecchini (born 1955) is a leading contemporary internationally known Italian butcher from Panzano in the Chianti region of Italy.

Cecchini was born in 1955 in the Tuscan village of Panzano where his father was the butcher, the eighth generation of Cecchini butchers. He studied veterinary science at the university in Pisa but in 1976, three years into his six-year course, had to take over the family business from his dying father. Described as “… a personality, a celebrity, and a butcher extraordinaire. A theatrical host, a show-stopper, and an artist.

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His first restaurant, Solo Ciccia (“only meat”), which features a six-course fixed menu focusing on unusual cuts of grass-fed beef, sits on a steep cobblestone street. Directly across Via Chiantigiana is his two-room butcher shop, Antica Macelleria Cecchini. To reach the latest additions to Cecchini’s food empire, head backstage through the white-tiled macelleria, walk up a flight of stairs, and emerge, Lewis Carroll-like, into a beautiful, narrow indoor dining hall and adjacent terrace that is MacDario—Cecchini’s elevated version of a burger joint—which turns into his steak-only restaurant, Officina della Bistecca, on Friday and Saturday nights and for Sunday lunch. The star attraction at all four places, Cecchini spends his days and nights racing between them.

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