Created by world-famous Tuscan butcher Dario Cecchini, this mostarda is a sweet pepper condiment that adds big flavor to everything it touches. A traditional northern Italian relish, mostarda is usually made with candied fruit with a spicy kick. This version uses a base of red bell peppers, with just the right amount of fresh chiles for heat. Like a sophisticated and perfectly balanced pepper jelly, use this condiment anywhere that could use a bit of sweetness, acidity, and spice.
In the heart of the wine country of Chianti, halfway between Florence and Siena, Dario runs his family’s butcher shop in a small hilltop town called Panzano. The Cecchini family have been butchers there for more than 250 years, in a region that is famous for its meaty cuisine (just look to the massive steak dish bistecca alla Fiorentina!). In a world of mass production, Dario’s reverence and respect for animals is steeped in his Italian culture. His education and passion for the traditional ways of Tuscan butchery and cooking has earned him international acclaim, and he’s been the subject of numerous TV shows and books. Anybody who wants to learn about Italian meat turns to Dario first!
With all that love for his home and its cuisine, it only makes sense that Dario would have created an impeccable collection of condiments and kitchen helpers for those of us who can’t get to his shop directly. More than just accompaniments for meaty dishes, his products capture the essence of Tuscany. His bold flavors are always in perfect harmony, using only the best ingredients in simple, unfussy ways. They make it easier to add a taste of Italian tradition to your next meal.