After three meals of unbelievable but un documentable goodness I trained in Parma today and had this: clockwise culatello, prosciutto crudo, salami felino, stroghino(awesome sausage) and coppa underneath. Served with 30 year old Parmigiano Reggiano di panura (of the plains) and fazzoletti di torta ( beautiful fried dough). While these trips always inspire me, sometimes I learn very simple little things like the Emilian way to cut the cheese. Talk soon. Myles”
Took a train to Reggio Emilia and experienced one of the top 5 cooking experiences in my life. I helped cook a feast of traditional dishes with Tita and the Sassi family. It was a two day affair . Not pictured: Nutella Tiramisu and Polenta with 4 sauces, Thanks to Lorenzo and his beautiful family and Marsha Minervini for getting us connected.
Mercato centrale Firenze (Florence central market): veal tendons, veal feet, and 3 kinds of tripe. It’s interesting how different meat is here. There are hardly any steak cuts available in any of the booths, but tons of offal. On that note I ate veal brain poached in foil with butter and a cold tripe salad tonight. Absolutely amazing on both counts!!! I’m interested to see if we get 42 likes on this subject matter. Ciao ciao.
Drove out of Florence yeasterday to the crooning sound of AC/DC with the Duomo fading into the horizon- kinda surreal. Headed to Panzano to visit my friend Dario Cecchini, the Butcher of Panzano at Macelleria Cecchini. Between lunch and dinner I ate Porchetta in pepper agrodolce, Chianti Sushi (beef crudo), Tonno di Chianti (pork poached in olive oil like tuna), Cosimo (beef meatloaf), Bistecca al Panzano (top round), Bistecca al Fiorentina( a giant Porterhouse), 1/2lb Super Dario burger, beef head cheese in broth, fried meatballs, Rosemarino in culo, (raw meatballs with rosemary shoved into the back end) , slow roasted beef, spicy beef insalata , Bistecca al Panzano again, spicy beef and potato stew, Lardo crudo (raw pork fat with herbs), and raw vegetables in olive oil because I would have died without them. Grazie Dario and Kim for your hospitality.