Officina Della Bistecca

In September 2015, John and I drove through Germany and Italy after taking delivery of a car through the BMW European Delivery Program.

As we were planning our route, we agreed to head back to Panzano in Chianti:

Officina Della Bistecca


And not just because it’s beautiful there. We wanted to return so we could eat dinner at Officina Della Bistecca.

Officina Della Bistecca

It’s more than a meal. It’s an opportunity every meat-eater should consider doing at least once.

Dario Cecchini is a famous butcher in Italy and can be found at his shop Antica Macelleria Cecchini in the heart of Panzano.

Officina Della Bistecca

Officina Della Bistecca

At his restaurant Officina Della Bistecca, it’s all about the beef.

Officina Della Bistecca

And wine:

Officina Della Bistecca

And fun!

Officina Della Bistecca

Officina Della Bistecca

This was our third time eating at Officina Della Bistecca.

We first discovered Dario and Team in May 2009 and knew we had to return when our travels took us back to Tuscany in May 2012.

Officina Della Bistecca

The evening begins with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Antica Macelleria Cecchini.

Officina Della Bistecca

Then for just 50€ a person you eat and drink for hours.

Officina Della Bistecca

We reserved our spot several months in advance and were lucky to get seats at the large table next to the grill.

Officina Della Bistecca

Wine, fresh vegetables, bread, beans, and potatoes are included in the meal:

Officina Della Bistecca

But the beef is the star of the show.

Officina Della Bistecca

From the most delicious tartare you’ll ever taste:

Officina Della Bistecca

To perfectly cooked Rib Eyes and Porterhouse steaks.

Officina Della Bistecca

Officina Della Bistecca

Officina Della Bistecca

Dario was out of town so his intern blessed the meat.

Officina Della Bistecca

And then we ate and drank and ate some more.

Officina Della Bistecca

Officina Della Bistecca

Can you see why we keep going back?

Officina Della Bistecca

It’s a carnivore’s delight!

Officina Della Bistecca

You know what they say about food, whether it’s served on fine china or a paper plate it brings us together.

Officina Della Bistecca

Kristi and Dante

Panzano in Chianti is an hour south of Florence and 3 hours north of Rome.

If you are ever anywhere near there, you have to go to Officina Della Bistecca.

Officina Della Bistecca

It’s a meal you’ll never forget, and obviously, worth repeating.

Officina Della Bistecca

This was our third time but certainly not our last!

Grazie mille Dante, Angelo, and Friends!

Officina Della Bistecca

Grazie di tutto!

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