For me, Tuscany is where Italian cooking begins. Low-lying hills with clean, graceful curves and a forest of vineyards make the countryside a temple of beauty. When I traveled there in 2001, my assignment was to study in an Italian butcher shop and bring knowledge home of these oven-ready specialty meats that have made the area famous.
Even now, the memories of sharing a bottle of Chianti Classico with Stefano Falorni in the Piazza Matteotti seems like just yesterday. Stephano and his brother Lorenzo are the fifth-generation owners of the Antica Macelleria Falorni located in Greve, the heart of the Chianti district. I spoke six words of Italian and they bested me by speaking seven words of English. Yet, the language of great food made with superb ingredients is universal. So when you see these gorgeous oven-ready meats in our Meat case, we can all thank our friends in that family-owned butcher shop.
Boneless eye-of-round beef thinly sliced and rolled with mozzarella cheese and prosciutto.
ARISTA PRONTA DA CUOCERE
Pork roast seasoned with fresh rosemary and garlic.
Boneless pork rolled with fresh pork belly.
PORK CUTLETS SIENNA
Thick-cut pork chops pounded into cutlets and breaded.
Boneless chicken stuffed with ground pork, veal, and bread crumbs and seasoned with rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic.
FAGOTTINI DI POLLO
Boneless chicken thighs seasoned with fresh rosemary and garlic.
PETTO DI TACCHINO
Boneless turkey breast stuffed with fresh basil, garlic, and fennel.