Italy is famous for its beautiful landscapes, its world-famous historical sights and… Its food! There is nothing more comforting than a delicious pasta dish, am I right?
As I mentioned in previous posts, when in Italy I love to stay in agriturismos, which means that often we have a little kitchen available and can cook our own meals when we fancy it. It is a great way to save a bit of money. But saving money doesn’t mean compromising on quality! If you like cheese and cured meat (or charcuterie as we say in France) and if you happen to be in Tuscany, there is a place you absolutely have to visit!
***Warning! Vegetarians, you may want to look away now as this shop is a meat lover paradise.***
Antica Macelleria Falorni is the Italian delicatessen shop of your dreams! It is old, it smells of cheese and ham, it is family owned and very famous in Tuscany. Even the locals go there!
You will find it in the centre of Greve in Chianti, a small village about 50-minutes drive from Florence and 60-minutes drive from Siena. It is good to note that roads in Tuscany aren’t the most direct so it always takes a little bit of time to get around.
Park the car and walk into the city centre. On the main square you will find the local market and hidden behind the stands an archway.
This is where you will find Antica Macelleria Falorni!
Antica Macelleria Falorni opened in 1806 and has since been an institution. Their speciality is salami but they do also offer an extensive selections of hams, cheese and wine.
Most of their charcuterie is made of pork / maiale, boar / cinghiale (my favourite!) and beef / chianina.
Cheese lovers will be in awe in front of the multiple ‘cheese towers’!
Ok, so now it is time to shop for a homemade antipasto among their dozens of cured meats and cheeses.
I highly recommend their wild boar salami, their prosciutto and some of their stronger (I am French) pecorrino, a traditional hard Italian cheese.
A lot of their products are packed in air-sealed bags so you could also take one for the road on your way back home! Bonus!
Now head back to your accomodation, pour yourself a glass of wine, put together an antipasto plate and relax. The Italian dream life…