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Why you should visit Panzano (Chianti) in Tuscany

24.06.2012 11 Comments

Saturday for us this weekend meant a trip to Panzano to meet some friends for lunch and a chance to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside. Surprisingly, neither of us had ever been. Apparently in Chianti  the only places we deemed worthy of visiting were “cantine aperte” (open wine cellar day) and Greve in Chianti which is another nice town in one of the most famous wine regions in Tuscany.

It’s easy to get there, with both SITA offering once an hour bus service from the center and an easy 40 minute drive from our house in Firenze sud. It’s location between Siena and Florence makes it such a gorgeous and easy day trip with the extra bonus of having famous restaurants and wine bars.

Panzano was originally a medieval castle and we decided to check out the Church of Santa Maria in the old section of the town and wander around the beautiful stone houses around the church. We ended up striking a conversation with an older man who was very excited to have once visited Kansas City in America and showed us a photo of how handsome he was in the mid 1960’s.

Of course the main reason we came to Panzano was to eat at Mac Dario, the lunch restaurant of Tuscany’s most famous butcher Dario Cecchini. To be honest, I didn’t want to like it. Dario’s restaurants have become so famous (yet his website is a little…1995?) and touristy that I imagined a place where over-excited tourists bring shuffled around and the food over-priced and under-whelming. I also pictured Dario himself as somewhat arrogant just from reading his website & some of the reviews.

How was the food? We both ended up getting the famous burger – a huge hunk of quality meat (think medium-rare), fresh-cut veggies, onions, potato-wedges and a variety of homemade sauces and fresh bread. They also have this wonderful “flavor of Chianti” aromatic spices mixed with fresh olive-oil to be paired with Tuscan bread. My Italiano was impressed and so were our friends, we ended up chatting to one of the lively waiters sporting a pair on ancient-looking goggles around his neck (he claimed that when wearing them he can see women naked-yep!), we were laughing the entire meal due to his “witty” conversation centered around women, food, heat and the fact that I am originally from Texas. Also people may note that he actually gets his meat from Spain. You can also bring your own wine without any additional charge to any of his restaurants. Awesome!

The coffee and olive-oil cake were the perfect ending to a great meal and we headed to Dario’s butcher shop located near the central area of Panzano to take a look at the man at his work. Upon entering the shop glasses of wine were thrust in our hands and we watched Dario hack away at a huge piece of meat to the background of loud rock-music.

He didn’t say much to us but we bought some of the famous “aromatic herbs of Chianti” that we had at lunch and took some fun pictures.

Warning, if you have a vegetarian friend, don’t even think about bringing them to  one of Dario’s restaurant or butcher shop.


Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' flat white and laughs with the girls.

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    ROAS 24.06.2012 at 13:17

    Seems like a beautiful place..
    Amazing photos, thank you for sharing 🙂

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    Terry Hill 25.06.2012 at 2:41

    Wow what a great time. Glad to see a fellow Texan seeing the world!

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      ggnitaly84 25.06.2012 at 8:56

      thank you! People in Italy love the fact that I’m from Texas. It’s a conversation starter on it’s own!

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    amy 25.06.2012 at 22:32

    You have seen the cake boss on tv and now have seen the beef boss live and up that place..great blog.

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    cindy 19.11.2013 at 17:44

    I was just there, it is an aweome experience. Just a beautiful setting and great food!

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    Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who has called Florence, Italy home for the past 13 years and now you'll find me between Firenze and Zug, Switzerland. Besides the blog, I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. You might have seen my articles in Lonely Planet and a feature on my blog in Forbes. This space is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling, eating and living in Europe with tips for weekend trips. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!


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