This post has been a long time coming. Like over 6 months. But better late than never. I am finally over the
month of having both my kids birthdays, Christmas, New Years, and three other family birthdays. Phew!
This is the last of the Europe 2010 Travel Posts
Bologna Part 1 (Parmigiano Reggiano) and 2 (Balsamic Vinegar and Prosciutto)
Part 1 - Greve in Chianti - where we stayed
Part 2 - Montepulciano (Twilight Set)
Part 3 - Volterra and Sienna
We left Florence and drove a short way south towards Sienna on the SS 222 (about 90 minutes) into the Chianti region. We stayed outside a tiny town called Greve in Chianti. Very cute hillside town but our hotel was up on a hilltop.
Officina della Bisteca - The Ultimate Beef Dinner
My husband loves steak. Apparently when his mother was pregnant she had to have beef every night or she felt ill. There are stories of him going to bed with steak in his pockets from dinner because "his eyes were bigger than his stomach" and he couldn't finish his meal.
We first saw the famous butcher Dario Cecchini on the cooking travel show David Rocco's Dolce Vita on Food Network.
This guy is a meat fanatic.
|Here's his lament for "the death of beef" when Mad Cow disease was at it's peak|
The butchershop is in a tiny town called Panzano about 15 minutes south of Greve in Chianti. It has a space upstairs that seats dozens of people for this special beef dinner (or Sunday 1pm lunch as we did). For 50 euros you get three different types of beef plus wine, sides, and dessert.
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|we sat very close to this fire. Everyone's sweating by the end|
|beef "sushi" - steak tartare - they do cook it lightly - so good!|
|Huge porterhouse steaks - Bistecca alla Fiorentina|
|always having white beans with olive oil from now on|
|yummy olive oil cake - can`t believe how much I ate of this stuff|
Okay next post will be
Tuscany Part 2 - Montepulciano - finally I make it to the New Moon set!