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A Carnivore’s Heaven In Tuscany, Italy

Officina della Bistecca
Bow down to the meat god

“Abandon hope all ye who enter, for you are now in the hands of a butcher.”

This is the quote listed on the head of the menu at Officina Della Bistecca, located in Panzano in Tuscany’s Chianti region that should be talked about in every Italy visitor’s guide.

A meat-themed restaurant located above the Antica Macelleria Cecchini butcher shop, vegans and vegetarians should not even attempt this eatery.

Officina della Bistecca
Complimentary aperitvo snacks

The carnivorous experience begins with a complimentary aperitivo in the butcher shop, with red wine, salami, Tuscan bread, lard spread and olives. Enjoy heavy metal and 80s and 90s rock music while taking in decor like hanging meat hooks, cow legs dangling from the ceiling and a statue of a cow with a man’s body.

Officina della Bistecca
Succulent meats grilling at Officina della Bistecca

Next, head upstairs to the restaurant for a set menu of meats and sides, which you can watch being grilled right before your eyes. For €50 Euros (about $67 USD) per person, the menu includes (in English):

  • Beef tartar
  • Seared rump carpaccio
  • Bone-in rib eye or strip steak
  • T-bone or porterhouse steak
  • Raw garden vegetables
  • Tuscan beans with olive oil
  • Baked potato with Chianti “butter” (lard)
  • Tuscan bread
  • Bottled water
  • Red wine
  • Coffee
  • Olive Oil Cake
  • Grappa
  • Italian Military spirits
Officina della Bistecca
Even the table decor is meaty at Officina della Bistecca.

Expect a laid-back, rowdy atmosphere, with loud talking, laughing, cow bell banging and meat-inspired speeches made by passionate butchers clutching rib eyes above their heads.

It’s a great place to experience delicious Tuscan meats and nightlife while meeting friendly locals at the restaurant’s communal table.

Traveling Italy solo? You’re bound to make new friends here!

Officina della Bistecca
Passionate meat speeches at part of the fun at Officina della Bistecca.

Still unsure if you want to visit? The only question to ask yourself is “To beef or not to beef?,” (which you will definitely be asked by your server!).

About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is an New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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