Denver Food And Wine to Feature Famed Butcher, Dario Cecchini
Dario Cecchini, dubbed the world’s most famous butcher by the Wall Street Journal, will join Panzano Executive Chef Elise Wiggins for a butchery demonstration and multi course dinner on Thursday night, September 6th at Panzano Restaurant at 909 17th Street in Denver. Dario will be featured again at the Denver Food and Wine Grand Tasting event on Saturday, September 8th at the Viking stage.
Larger-than-life Dario Cecchini, an eighth-generation Chianti butcher (and restaurateur) is the renaissance man of meat. An artisan butcher for 37 years, he is the last of a family that has practiced this craft for over 200 years. A frequent subject of food television and print personalities like Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali, Cecchini operates Antica Macelleria Cecchini in the Tuscan town of Panzano where he regales guests with quotes from Dante, recordings of Verdi and Jimi Hendrix. Bill Buford in his book Heat called Dario’s restaurant a, “museum of Tuscan cooking.” He is passionate about “La Vacca Intera”, or the “whole cow”, and its various uses – from muzzle to tail – as well as the ethical treatment of the animal. As Dario says, Viva la ciccia! (long live meat!)