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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 04:23 AM
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Tuscan Deli

I am planning a return trip to Tuscany in April. The last time we went I read on this site about a deli or sorts that was located right off of one of the main highways that was suppossed to be great. We did not make it last tine, and now I can't find any information about it. I recall the posting was by one of the regulars who posts on this site. Any help appreciated.
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 05:20 AM
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Are you thinking of the autogrill?
 
Old Mar 14th, 2006, 05:47 AM
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Or are you thinking of the famous L'Antica Macelleria Cecchini, the butcher shop of Dario Cecchini in Panzano, in the Chianti region of Italy, between Florence and Siena?
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 05:53 AM
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Unfortunately I cannot tell you which it was, but there is an Autogrill stop near Tuscany that is a veritable feast..a huge, full and complete hot and cold buffet...more food choices than I have ever seen in any Autogrill...perhaps another Fodorite knows which one I am remembering???
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 06:00 AM
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There is an Autogrill close to the Montepulciano exit of the Rome-Florence highway. I am glad that someone brought this place up, as I had watched Foodtv and had seen Mario Batali rave about how great this place was. I did not stop at the one near Montepulciano (that is but one of several along this highway) but I was happy to see one in the Rome airport. Let me tell you: it was awful! Panini for high prices on stale bread. We did not try the hot selections as thankfully I had brought lots of food from a deli in Bologna. It was very disappointing. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it was a Sunday and they did not have fresh bread, but I had expected something far better after watching Batali gush about it. So my advice is: If that is the place you are asking about, do not bother to make a special stop.
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Thank you all for your replies. I suspect that I am talking about the autogrill. (It is not the Butcher in Panzano, that's on my list as well). I do think the posts I recall reading did say that it was right off one of the main highways. Also, whoever referred it on this board posted a lot of information on his/her favorate restaurants in Tucsany and had some great places included.
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 11:17 AM
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I have always wondered where this "food is great at the AutoGrille" rumor got started.

I've found them consistently repulsive!
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 11:26 AM
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You may be right about the quality...don't know as we didn't sample, just looked...so how do we explain Mario Batali????
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 11:37 AM
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Once again, I am not sure if the place I am referring to is an Autogrill, I just remember a regular contributor to this site once have a great recommendiation to a deli located close the the a major highway in Tuscany, but I do not remember any further information about it.
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