Thanks to a trip to the Tuscan Hills last year, I have developed a jones so powerful that nothing, not distance, not practicality, not plain old common sense can keep me from my drug of choice. The drug that keeps me warm at night is Profumo Del Chianti.
Profumo Del Chianti is the product of Meat kingpin Dario Cecchini. Cecchini, the famed Tuscan butcher known for his spectacular Bistecca Fiorentina and his evangelical dedication to all things Tuscan, turns out a small number of spectacular products. These products are available in his Panzano butcher shop and at a small number of online retailers. Thanks to oliotogo.com, I got my fix in the mail a couple of days ago.
Profumo Del Chianti (aka my crack) is a finely ground blend of tuscan herbs and sea salt and although the label is not specific as to what the herbs are, a little investigation as well as my own taste buds tell me that it's bay, fennel pollen, rosemary, thyme, sage and probably a few other addictive substances, expertly blended into a fine powder. This has become my go to seasoning for all meats as well as the best friend that olive oil ever had for dipping bread and raw vegetables.
Cecchini himself is as compelling as his products and is written about in fabulous detail in the fascinating book Heat, by Bill Buford . At some point, when I have a little more time, I will dedicate a post to Cecchini and will post my pictures from my visit to Panzano. In the mean time, you can get a taste for his intensity and the vibe of his shop here and here. While you do that, I need to slip into the dark recesses of my kitchen and get my fix. If I don't emerge by Wednesday, send a search party, because I'm in deep.
Via 20 Luglio, 11, Greve In Chianti, Province of Florence
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