Inventive Salumi Artisan Creates the Best in Italian Quality
|Macelleria Elena & Mirco in Castelnovo Magra near the Tuscan border.|
Signor Bertini is so devoted, he needed a new word to distinguish his product from prosciutto - thus was born his amazing Prosciutta. As Mirco puts it (loosely translated) "The Prosciutta is the happy wife of ham . It's the perfect fusion of the Ligurian tradition with that of Tuscany: it is a meat unmistakable for its delicate aroma and delicious taste.”
|Prosciutta C. , the patented ham.|
|Prosciutta hanging out, aging, listening to music, inhaling aromas: like us.|
While the historic section of Castelnovo Magra is high in the foothills of the Apenines on the border of Liguria and Tuscany, the town extends down to the coastal plain in a sprawl of neighborhoods, vineyards, and commercial lots. And in this tangle is Mirco and Elena’s salumeria. See below for specifics.
When we visited the salumeria, we didn’t know much about it, but it was enticing, engaging, and we bought a whole armload of different specialty products from Elena. In addition to the salumi, there are specialty pastas, cheeses, wines, and preserves. Many are locally produced and hard to find. As we were leaving, a young man with slightly spiky hair and a can-do attitude came in and said hello, and we idly asked him what made his prosciutta different. “I’ll show you” he said, rather mysteriously. He took us down the driveway, through a locked gate, to a little building out back. The whole building is the most elegant meat locker you could ever imagine.
|Herbs and aromatics in the climate controlled meat chamber.|
|Mortadella aging at Macelleria Elena & Mirco|
If you can visit, it’s worth the trip, or if you’re lucky enough to be in Italy for a while, you can even order on line.
You can also experience the prosciutta as an antipasto at Alla Piazza di Sopra - the excellent restaurant in Filetto in Alta Lunigiana. For tempting details read our review: New Restaurant in Old Lunigiana.
Macelleria Elena & Mirco
Via Canale 52 Castelnovo Magra (SP) Tel. 0187-673510 Website: Prosciutta Castelnovese
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Written by Martha