We reserved tickets for a dinner and a show as part of a new "Utopia del Buongusto", a series of theater pieces arranged by Andrea Kaemmerle and his Theatre Company. As we had never been to the village where the show was being held, Montopoli, we decided to go early and check it out. I new that my friend Simone de Castro's dad had a shop there ( bakery or forno for bread) so the goal was to find the shop.
I spotted this shop as soon as we came into the village.
Like the nearby San Miniato, the village is built on a ridge and the town is one street. We parked at the lot near the old castle which was distroyed during WWII. Passing through a lovely arch we took a stroll and immediately found a treasure. A tiny butcher shop, but filled with aged prosciutto's and salami's as well as freshly made sausages hanging in the shop. Most butcher shops deal with fresh meat.
Where we parked, at the arch, was where the original butcher shop was outside the city walls, where the owners, would slaughter the hogs for the locals and transform the meat into products for aging.