The small medieval village of Montopoli in Val d'Arno, is home of one of the oldest and most traditional butchery in Tuscany.
Antica Macelleria Norcineria Marianelli celebrated this year one hundred years in business. It was founded in 1910 by the Marianelli family, today Luca Marianelli and his sons still running this Tuscan jewel.
This butcher shop is a Norcineria, which specialize in pork meat. It is also one of the numerous "food heaven" that Italy has to offer.
Three of their products have won a Slow Food special award in the category food biodiversity.
My favorite is the ancient Nodino of Montopoli, the other two are the Stradivario ham, aged in ashes and the Costolaccio pancetta, aged in local wine.
The ancient Nodino is a traditional salumi from the village of Montopoli, recipe dates back to the middle age. Today the Marianelli family carries on the tradition using only local spices, exposing it to tramontana wind and then, slow aging it in tufa cellars.
The village of Montopoli Val d'Arno is located in the province of Pisa, halfway between Pisa and Florence.
Get to know Luca and his family; masters Norcini for five generations. For any questions please write me an e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org