A special birthday…

October 11, 2012 / Local Interest
Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany
Family traditions run deep in the hills of Tuscany. Medieval castles, hillside vineyards, local businesses and secret recipes are all passed down from one generation to the next.

While there are many businesses in the area that are older, few are as well loved as Macelleria Stiaccini, the local butcher shop in the town center.  It was started by Giovanni in 1932 and then run by his son, Francesco. Today, Riccardo Stiaccini, Giovanni’s grandson, continues to use the same family recipes and ancient ways to prepare his freshly butchered meats.

In celebration of their 80th year in business, Riccardo again followed tradition and fed the town on a lovely fall evening. Grills and food tables were set up on the street, complete with china plates and free-flowing chianti wine. Happy locals and visitors alike, ate, drank and danced the night away. A cake, in the shape of a Florentine bistecca, brought a huge smile to Riccardo’s face, as did his many well-fed and satisfied customers.

– Contributed by Gerrie Jakobs. Gerrie came to Rome with her husband Michael for a temporary 6 month stay that just became a “temporary” 18 month stay. Uh-oh..we know how those go! She blogs about it at AZinItaly.. and while she’s busy making sense of the change and all, we’re so happy to have her on board here at ItalianNotebook and extend her a warm welcome.

13 Responses to “A special birthday…”

  1. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    um… I am going to show this to my local butcher in Campiglia Marittima (again a family business with even a cousin with his own business down the road)and find out when their Birthday is. Could start a yummy trend!!

  2. Rosemary

    My husband and I were also Phoenicians who moved to Italy (for two years.) I loved (almost) every minute! I get some of your frustrations but I painted – watercolor journaling – and we traveled around a lot. We did not work there.

    I’ll enjoy reading your blog (I also blogged about it at http://www.livecheapmakeart.blogspot.com) We also contribute to italiannotebook.com

    Enjoy! The time flies by.

  3. Pazzanonna

    I had the pleasure of staying in Castellina in Chianti for 1 week. I absolutely loved it. I did stop in to this butcher shop and highly recommend it if you are visiting Castellina in Chianti.
    Gerrie thank you for bringing back some really nice memories. Welcome to Italian Notebook!

  4. Joan Fenendael

    I am leaving soon for a return trip to Italy, revisiting the places I love, Florence, Rome, Orvieto, and going to places new to me like Castellina, San Gimignano and Gregorian Chant at the Abby of Monte Oliveto. I’ll be staying a week in Panzano in Chianti before going to Orvieto for 3 days and Rome for 3 days.

    Thank you for this preview of my trip.


  5. 80 years, WOW! Congratulations to Giovanni & Riccardo Stiaccini For running a wonderfully successful butcher shop in Tuscany.

  6. Love, love, love Castellina! Congratulations to the family and the business!! xo Valorie

  7. I love reading about traditions and customs in your newsletters. It reminds me to check my moorings because I live in America. Now can we bring this festival and tradition to the USA? Of course you’d be hard pressed to find an 80 year old butcher shop here…
    Your article makes me hungry on so many levels. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cynthia Horacek

    Wow, Gerrie… who would have thunk it? You are a great writer! Italy has always been on my “Places to visit” list, but my journey may be vicarious, via you! I’m so glad for you that you have this opportunity and seem to be enjoying it so much!

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  10. Lynn Guardino

    We’ve spent 2 vacations in Radda in Chianti and Castellina was of course, a place we visited a few times but never the butcher shop.
    We would have loved being part of that celebration! We do have a fond memory of a dinner with our travel companions in Castellina which was interrupted by the Good Friday night procession through the streets. This is yet another of the beautiful traditions which the Italians have upheld. Too bad we’ve let so many slip in the U.S. Keep on blogging Gerri! A presto.


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