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The “Palio dell’arrosto girato”, organized by the “Officina di San Pancrazio”, with the collaboration of WeChianti, the daily on line newspaper, Il Gazzettino del Chianti, and the support of the Township of San Casciano, was won by a butcher from Val d’Elsa, Nino Papiro.
His “arrosto girato”, rotisserie skewers, cooked on Sunday, December 11 convinced the jury for its quality and the following five parameters: composition of the skewer, look, fragrance, cooking and taste, bread.
Nino surpassed his fellow seven contestants. The contest went on for six weeks. The following participated: the farmer and hunter, Luigi Calonaci from San Casciano, Marcello Fadda (San Pancrazio); Vairo Benincasa and Isabella Scortichini (rione Sant’Anna, Greve in Chianti), Roberto Catarzi (Associazione of Montefiridolfi), Luca Becheroni (Pro Loco of Sambuca) and the “Cinghialai di Mercatale”.
CINGHIALAI DI MERCATALE
Each contestant cooked his version of the “spiedo” and all were different. The cooks were able to choose from the Carlo Morandi butcher shop of Tavarnelle (except for game): liver, pork, chicken, rabbit, pancetta, quails, pigeon, lamb and bread were featured in addition to the seven capons roasted by Nino Papiro.
A quality jury was composed of the director of Il Gazzettino del Chianti and WeChianti, Matteo Pucci, and the owner of the Yves Ollivier “Officina” (to guarantee continuity) and four alternating judges among food experts, journalists, critics and mayors, all in a gay and festive climate.
The final dinner found all of the contestants happily sharing toasts. The winner, Nino Papiro, received a work of art by Valentia Ravagni and a baby pig. The prizes were awarded by Yves Ollivier and the mayor of San Casciano, Massimiliano Pescini. See you in 2017!