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Dario’s Story
  • Condiments
  • Italian
  • Barbecue
Lesson from Dario Cecchini's class

Video time: 25 min

“We do not do this work for the money,” begins legendary Italian butcher, Dario Cecchini, and nothing has ever been more clear. The gregarious, eighth-generation butcher is never without a smile on his face as he holds court from sun-up through supper time in his red-and-white-striped butcher shop and kitchen in Panzano, Italy. In this introductory story, follow Dario through a day in the life, which includes the real deal business of butchery, and hosting dozens of visitors a day for cantina-style meals in his dining room. He talks about the dignified and joyous life cycle of his animals, and the craftsmanship his team applies to the end product. He explains the inspiration behind his butcher for a day program, and how to identify the perfect steak. The story ends with a family-style dinner, where t-bones get passed between strangers so everyone can gnaw on the scraps. From the outside, it looks like a very long day, but Dario insists “he’s never worked a day in his life.”

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Dario Cecchini
Teaches his Family's Traditional cuisine
Known as one of the most famous butchers in the world, Dario invites you to his small Italian village to show you a day in his life.

In this lesson

Costata Alla Fiorentina - Bone-In Rib Eye Steak
This cut comes from the upper part of the back, cut nice and thick.
Brasato Al Midollo - Bone Marrow Braised Beef
This lesson takes you behind the scenes in Dario’s “Butcher for a Day” class in Italy. Become one of Dario’s students too and watch as he teaches how to roast a beautiful lamb sirloin stuffed with bone marrow and showered of aromatic rosemary. He also shows how to make lardo, a decadent creamy, pork spread, best when smeared onto toast as a pre-dinner appetizer.
Essenza Del Chianti - Essence of Chianti
This special salt is the Essence of Chianti. Learn how to bring intoxicating Italian flavor to your seasoning by adding rosemary, sage, and thyme. Use it on steaks, chicken, fish, salads, and dressings.
Sushi Del Chianti - Chianti Sushi
Beef tartare, Dario's way. The red lean beef is tenderized and seasoned with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon, and spices. The result? Chianti Sushi.
Burro Del Chianti - Chianti Butter
A "butter" made from pork fat, seasoned with Essence of Chianti and served on toast.
Filetto - Fillet
Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful thing. And what’s better than a lovely Italian filet?
Torta All'olio - Olive Oil Cake
An olive oil cake that’s both simple and sublime. All you need is olive oil, a splash of dessert wine, and an entire orange to make a cake that’s perfect for all reasons and all seasons.
Bistecca Fiorentina - Florentine-Style T-Bone Steak
“To beef or not to beef”, that is the question.
Bistecca Panzanese E Bistecca Imperiale - Panzanese Steak & Imperial Steak
For meat lovers only. This thick cut works wonders on the grill. The key here is seasoning on the table after grilling, and topping with good extra-virgin olive.
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What you'll learn

Documentary

Discover the stories behind the chef and his food as you immerse yourself in the chef’s backstory before diving into the lessons

Inspirational

Go on an inspiring journey to the chefs home and city, to uncover their influences and get inspired to start cooking

Panzano, Italy

Travel to Dario’s shop in Panzano as you take a culinary adventure to uncover his story

Dario Cecchini
Teaches his Family's Traditional cuisine
Known as one of the most famous butchers in the world, Dario invites you to his small Italian village to show you a day in his life.

Dario Cecchini
Teaches His Tuscan Grilling

Dario Cecchini, the humble yet poignant butcher-come-chef, invites you to his small village of Panzano in Chianti. The Cecchini family roots run deep, through every cut and dish of this shop-turned-restaurant. Every meal is a special occasion in Italy’s most renowned butcher shop, which is now a worldwide sensation. Viewers follow Dario through a day in the life of running such an iconic place.

Dario’s lesson plan

“We do not do this work for the money,” begins legendary Italian butcher, Dario Cecchini, and nothing has ever been more clear. The gregarious, eighth-generation butcher is never without a smile on his face as he holds court from sun-up through supper time in his red-and-white-striped butcher shop and kitchen in Panzano, Italy. In this introductory story, follow Dario through a day in the life, which includes the real deal business of butchery, and hosting dozens of visitors a day for cantina-style meals in his dining room. He talks about the dignified and joyous life cycle of his animals, and the craftsmanship his team applies to the end product. He explains the inspiration behind his butcher for a day program, and how to identify the perfect steak. The story ends with a family-style dinner, where t-bones get passed between strangers so everyone can gnaw on the scraps. From the outside, it looks like a very long day, but Dario insists “he’s never worked a day in his life.”

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What our students have to say

"That was one of the most inspiring things I have every seen. Brought tears to my eyes and a song in my heart."

Mark A.

"So so good. I cannot wait until we can get to Italy and visit!"

Larna P.

"This was truly awesome. I have loved this chef for a long time. I experience his love enthusiasm for life and character right through my iPad!"

Nanette W.

"I went to visit Dario last month and it was such an amazing experience, I had to sign up for YesChef just so I could take his class.  His enthusiasm never gets old."

Patricia L.

"Insane good vibes from this video! A genius at play!"

Joaquim b.

"Is very fantastic, wonderful. The philosofy of Dario is a rule of life."

Oscar F.

"I've been to his shop, had the pleasure of meeting him and eating upstairs. Great experience!!!!"

Mike g.

"Loved Dario's story! it was great that Nancy joined the festivities."

Holly E.

"LOVE. DARIO. Great job showing his zest for his craft and love for people and animals. Curt Roberts"

Curtis R.

"I can't help but be inspired by Dario’s infectious personality. I hope I can translate that to my table."

Shelly S.

"I love the way he lives his life.....very touching...."

Deepak A.

"What an amazing guy!! Love it..."

Jock J.

"What a character! And emotions right there, just under the surface. Thank you."

Alayne R.

"What a fantastic aura Darrius has Its infectious.What a character, not worked a day in his life. all in love and affection."

Shane B.

"wow wow wow!"

Eric G.

"Wonderfull absolutely wonderfull portrait of Dario and the family!"

Klaus P.

"Every single time I watch Dario in NY thing, I'm smiling ear to ear. Love it! (Plus now I'm privy to some of his recipes!)"

Matt G.

"I wish I could be there, what a wonderful Dario, what a unique experience in his Trattoria, full of love and passion for food and life. Bravo!!! Clara"

Clara I.

"So inspiring! This documentary encourages me to head there for an amazing food experience. It also reinpires me to be more creative and simple in my own kitchen. Grazie!"

Shannon M.

"Absolutely loved this session, left hungry for more with Dario. Looking forward to Part 2."

Chris R.

"What a marvellous man 😀!"

Nathalie H.

"I absolutely loved this class. The fact that everyone eats together is wonderful. The chef speaking Italian is unique. Thank you!"

Juanita M.

"Wonderfully done!"

Noris V.

"Awesome job team!!!!"

Eric H.

"Fantastic! Joyful, life affirming and delicious! Good work, look forward to the next video."

James S.

"Fantastic, this man's character jumps out of the screen at you!"

Edward B.

"love this guys spirit - on my bucket list to visit!"

Brant D.

"This was so well done. I was not even discouraged by the lack of content. This was such a great story Into Dario and his love of his craft. I truly enjoyed it."

Phillip A.

"I love this mans energy! The way he shows his love for his skill and the people he encounters! I will definitely use his way of cooking my steaks!"

Karen E.

"Loved it. Creates such a great feeling and atmosphere"

Belinda-anne D.

"I have never had tears of joy from seeing someone with so much passion and love in what he does. That changed today."

Micah W.

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