al Chianti Classico
This slow cooked beef roast, perfect for a chilly
Sunday in November, is hearty, delicious, and easy
to prepare. Choose a high quality shoulder cut of
beef, allowing approximately one half pound per
Tie the meat tightly
and rub it with a mixture of finely diced garlic,
chili peppers, chopped parsley, pine nuts, almonds,
sultana raisins, and salt and pepper.
In a heavy Dutch Oven, brown the meat in olive oil
on all sides over medium heat, adding 1/2 cup diced
onion and 1/2 cup diced carrot. After the roast
is browned, add a generous amount of pine nuts,
almonds, and raisins and cover with Chianti Classico
Cook three hours
until wine is reduced to a very thick sauce. Slice
meat and serve with sauce.
A Tuscan Butcher
The recipe was
given to me by the owners of The Antica Macelleria
Falorni, a highly respected butcher shop that was
founded in Greve in 1729 by Gio Botta and is currently
run by the 8th generation of his descendants, Lorenzo
and Stefano Bencistà. The first photographs
of the Macelleria, taken in 1890, show that the
sign-board in front of the shop was exactly the
same then as it is today, in the same place, hanging
above the arches of the Piazza Matteotti in Greve.
Through the various
generations, a commitment to quality has been handed
down from father to son at The Antica Macelleria
Falorni. The family has preserved the secrets and
traditional techniques related to the preparation
of high quality products. The most important "secret"
is to start with certified quality meats.
the best local meats are used ("Chianina"
for beef; "Cinta Senese" for pork; and
for wild boars, the use of those which have been
present in the woods of Chianti for centuries).
The Antica Macelleria
69 - 71
Greve in Chianti
Tel 055 85 30 29
Fax 055 85 44 521
The Smells of Chianti
Nature has provided
Chianti with an uncommonly wide range of smells.
The air is blessed with the aromas of fresh fennel,
laurus, juniper, garlic, parsley, sage, and rosemary,
just to mention a few of the locally grown spices
used most frequently. Such a variety has led to
the creation of typical "salumi" (preserved
and salted meats: ham, salame, etc.), characterized
by harmonious and unique flavors.
Even Chianti Classico
wine itself, often added in the preparation of certain
sausages and salame typically produced in Greve,
contributes to the creation of that uniqueness of
flavor and smell which enhances and reinforces the
deliciously tempting nature of our products.
A Wine from Chianti
A delicious Chianti
Classico would be the perfect accompaniment to the
Recipe given above. Made primarily from the Sangiovese
grape, Chianti is Italy's best known wine, and a
major export product of Tuscany. Chianti was the
world's first officially decreed wine producing
area, given this honor in 1763. In recent years,
rigorous production standards have greatly increased
the quality of Chianti wines, and in 1984 Chianti
became a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata
Of the wines produced
in the seven classified Chianti producing regions,
the best is considered to be Chianti Classico. This
wine is made in the Chianti heartland and is marked
by the Gallo Nero, the famous symbol of the black
A superior Chianti
Classico is produced by the Mazzei family of Castello
di Fonterutoli. Visit their web site at:
The medieval town
of Greve in Chianti is at the center of the Gallo
Nello wine producing region and as such is sometimes
considered the capital of Chianti. Greve is located
along the charming Chiantigiana highway, Route 222.
a wonderful number of wine shops, where the visitor
can taste and experience the wines they choose to
purchase. Many shops also feature the locally produced
The charming Piazza
del Mercatale, with its arcades and funnel shape,
is the main attraction (after the wine) for visitors.
The Piazza features a statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano,
the man who discovered New York Harbor. A recommended
restaurant, also named Giovanni da Verrazzano, is
at Piazza Matteotti 28.
The town features
a large wine fair in September, in fact, it is Chianti's
largest wine fair. The fair is held on the second
weekend of September and the preceding Thursday
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