Butcher and legend Dario Cecchini amazed with his beef-inspired Fifteen feast.
The extrovert Italian brought his Soliciccia restaurant’s tasting menu with him for Jamie and friends to check out – and if you are a fan of meat, it was pure protein paradise.
His friend, the wine and olive oil producer Giovanni Manetti, was also on hand to complement the food with his incredible produce (including the best Italian red I have tasted – a 2008 Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Reserva, knocking spots off any Barolo).
Dario is big, he’s loud (he brought an airhorn with him!) and he’s very talented and plated up his creations which he had prepped using several methods.
Dario kicked off with a muzzle terrine and the punchiest spicy ragu on toast; later came batter fried meats and veggies, light fresh and crispy. Then the show stopping Ramerino in Culo, get an Italian to translate that for you, cheeky. This was raw but warmed beef mince of the highest quality, infused with a sprig of rosemary, unbelievable.
A roast beef was served with Tuscan white beans and Gennaro Contaldo insisted we splash a little of Giovanni’s astonishing extra virgin olive oil on it, yup that worked a treat! Fruity with soft, homely textures.
Boiled then braised beef finished off the meat courses before an olive oil cake gave a sweet flourish.
Jamie said of both Dario and Giovanni: “They are amazing producers and craftsmen who have perfected their game.”