Pistoia Mountain Pecorino

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Tuscany

Milk and milk products

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Pistoia Mountain Pecorino

In the mountains around Pistoia, some families still make sheep’s milk cheeses in the same way as they did a hundred years ago. They take their sheep up to pasture in the mountain meadows, use natural rennet and would never dream of pasteurizing their milk (making them a rarity among Tuscan cheesemakers). They raise black Massese sheep, feeding them only hay, corn, bran and oats in the winter. With their milk—available year-round because the breed gives birth three times every two years—the cheesemaking farmers produce excellent pecorino, and also raviggiolo and ricotta.

Season

The cheese can be found year-round, with respect for the Massese lactation cycle, but the fresh pecorino is best in the spring and fall

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Only a handful of producers remain, dotted around the mountains. Cheese represents their primary source of income, supplemented by chestnut gathering. Potatoes are also grown at higher altitudes, and beans further down. The Presidium wants to safeguard the pastures and guarantee a fair income to the families who have chosen not to abandon the mountains.

Production area
Pistoian mountain Municipalities, Pistoia Province

Presidium supported by
Pistoia Provincial Authority, Pistoia Provincial Breeders Association, Pistoian Apennines Mountain Community, Pistoia Mountains and Valleys Consortium
Producers

La Buca
di Luana Pagliai
Via La Buca, 1
Abetone Cutigliano (Pt)
Tel. +39 340 5762717
info@agriturismolabuca.com

Fattoria Lenzini
Via Ficocchio, 43
Borgo a Buggiano (Pt)
Tel. +39 349 0645190
fattorialenzini@gmail.com

Romolo Fini
Via della Cava, 4
Pistoia
Tel. +39 339 4044682
gabrielebeatrice62@gmail.com

Renzo Innocenti
Podere La Fornace
Piteglio (Pt)
Tel. +39 333 9053633
lafornacept@virgilio.it

Massimo Iori
Località Cascina di Spedaletto, 1
Cantagallo (Po)
Tel. +39 340 7256467
cascinaiori@gmail.com

Remo Paccagnini
Via Falchero, 82
Quarrata (Pt)
Tel. +39 339 2452632
sbancarci1971@gmail.com

Piero Tofanelli
Via di Poggioni, 22
Lazzeretto di Cerreto Guidi (Pt)
Tel. +39 340 9274855
tofanellicarlo@live.com

Uffiziatura
di Franco Pagliai
Località Uffiziatura, 156 B
San Marcello Pistoiese (Pt)
Tel. +39 347 7026304
aziendaagricolauffiziatura@gmail.com

Verdetti Catia
Via del Guaime, 868
San Marcello Piteglio (Pt)
Tel. +39 347 8851528
rachele.petrucci7@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Luana Pagliai
Tel. +39 340 5762717
info@agriturismolabuca.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Michelangelo Vangelisti
Tel.+39 331 2920128
vmichelangelo@alice.it
Only a handful of producers remain, dotted around the mountains. Cheese represents their primary source of income, supplemented by chestnut gathering. Potatoes are also grown at higher altitudes, and beans further down. The Presidium wants to safeguard the pastures and guarantee a fair income to the families who have chosen not to abandon the mountains.

Production area
Pistoian mountain Municipalities, Pistoia Province

Presidium supported by
Pistoia Provincial Authority, Pistoia Provincial Breeders Association, Pistoian Apennines Mountain Community, Pistoia Mountains and Valleys Consortium
Producers

La Buca
di Luana Pagliai
Via La Buca, 1
Abetone Cutigliano (Pt)
Tel. +39 340 5762717
info@agriturismolabuca.com

Fattoria Lenzini
Via Ficocchio, 43
Borgo a Buggiano (Pt)
Tel. +39 349 0645190
fattorialenzini@gmail.com

Romolo Fini
Via della Cava, 4
Pistoia
Tel. +39 339 4044682
gabrielebeatrice62@gmail.com

Renzo Innocenti
Podere La Fornace
Piteglio (Pt)
Tel. +39 333 9053633
lafornacept@virgilio.it

Massimo Iori
Località Cascina di Spedaletto, 1
Cantagallo (Po)
Tel. +39 340 7256467
cascinaiori@gmail.com

Remo Paccagnini
Via Falchero, 82
Quarrata (Pt)
Tel. +39 339 2452632
sbancarci1971@gmail.com

Piero Tofanelli
Via di Poggioni, 22
Lazzeretto di Cerreto Guidi (Pt)
Tel. +39 340 9274855
tofanellicarlo@live.com

Uffiziatura
di Franco Pagliai
Località Uffiziatura, 156 B
San Marcello Pistoiese (Pt)
Tel. +39 347 7026304
aziendaagricolauffiziatura@gmail.com

Verdetti Catia
Via del Guaime, 868
San Marcello Piteglio (Pt)
Tel. +39 347 8851528
rachele.petrucci7@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Luana Pagliai
Tel. +39 340 5762717
info@agriturismolabuca.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Michelangelo Vangelisti
Tel.+39 331 2920128
vmichelangelo@alice.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionTuscany

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CategoriesMilk and milk products