Upper Tiber Valley Mazzafegato

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Upper Tiber Valley Mazzafegato

Mazzafegato is a sausage that ​​originated in Central Italy and is associated in particular with ​​the upper Tiber valley, on the border between Umbria and Tuscany. In this area, Mazzafegato (also known as sanbudello in Tuscany) was, until a few decades ago, a "poor" relative of the sausage, always present on the table in autumn and winter and strongly linked to the tradition of household pork butchering. During slaughtering season, every family that owned pigs produced Mazzafegati to be consumed soon thereafter (it was typical for family members to prepare and consume Mazzafegati all together) or, occasionally, to be stored under lard, in oil, or in wheat or semolina.

The basic ingredients for Mazzafegato are the parts of the pig that are not used in other preparations: lungs, heart, liver, and scraps. The type of flavorings used varies from producer to producer, and the secrets of the recipe are passed down orally in each community.

Mazzafegato is the last product that is prepared, after the rest of the meat has been transformed and all that remains on the butchering table is the scraps. These leftovers are coarsely chopped and a small amount of rind and liver is added. The chopped meat and offal is then seasoned with salt, pepper, a little garlic, lemon and/or orange peel, and, most importantly, fennel flowers, which, together with the coarse texture of the sausage, is Mazzafegato’s characteristic feature. The mixture is left to rest for some time and then stuffed into a natural pork casing called torto. The links are tied by hand with string, and each sausage is about 10 centimeters long and 3 cm in diameter. They are left to dry for 7-10 days, after which they are ready for consumption.

Mazzafegato is traditionally cooked on the grill and eaten with sautéed wild greens. The sausage has a dark color, and the aroma of fennel flowers is unmistakable, but not so strong that it covers the flavors of the meat and other seasonings. This traditional sausage was born from the need to use the whole pig and it expresses the skill of butchers in turning “leftovers” into a complex and much sought-after product.

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Season

Mazzefegato is traditionally made in the winter, from November to March.

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The production of Mazzafegato is not as widespread as it once was, partially because it is difficult to find a market for a cured meat with such an intense, complex flavor. As such, this product is at risk of disappearing, not only from households in the upper Tiber valley, but from throughout Central Italy, where different versions are known under various names. In Umbria, between Città di Castello and Umbertide, some butchers continue to produce Mazzafegato for a small sector of the local community that has never abandoned the consumption of this traditional sausage. The Presidium has brought together eight producers who, driven by the desire to recover this product and to offer it according to the tradition of their families, enthusiastically resumed production with locally sourced meat. Their goal is to convince others to keep making Mazzafegato so that it will become more common throughout the territory and in order to bring its value, complexity, and cultural significance to the attention of consumers.


Production area
Città di Castello and Umbertide Municipalities, Perugia Province

Presidium supported by
Upper Umbria Mountain Community
Bigotti e Riccardini
Città di Castello (Pg)
Via Martiri della Libertà, 6
tel. +39 075 8558143

Dario e Carlo Chiodi
Città di Castello (Pg)
San Leo Bastia
Vocabolo Cà di Biagiolo
Tel. +39 075 8504187

Centro Carni 2M
Umbertide (Pg)
Via Martiri della Libertà, 12/b
tel. +39 075 9411027

Macelleria dell’Allevatore
di Cesare Luccaccioni
Bivio di Canoscio (Pg)
Via Marinelli, 2
tel. +39 075 854199

Macelleria Gian Luigi Rebiscini
Città di Castello (Pg)
Via S. Florido, 39
tel. +39 075 8550945

Terra del Carpina
di Brachini Alberto
Montone (Pg)
Località Corlo, 13
tel. +39 075 9306176
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Cesare Lucaccioni
tel. 328 8908843
info@macelleriadellallevatore.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marino Marini
tel. +39 328 3539448
marinimarino@libero.it
The production of Mazzafegato is not as widespread as it once was, partially because it is difficult to find a market for a cured meat with such an intense, complex flavor. As such, this product is at risk of disappearing, not only from households in the upper Tiber valley, but from throughout Central Italy, where different versions are known under various names. In Umbria, between Città di Castello and Umbertide, some butchers continue to produce Mazzafegato for a small sector of the local community that has never abandoned the consumption of this traditional sausage. The Presidium has brought together eight producers who, driven by the desire to recover this product and to offer it according to the tradition of their families, enthusiastically resumed production with locally sourced meat. Their goal is to convince others to keep making Mazzafegato so that it will become more common throughout the territory and in order to bring its value, complexity, and cultural significance to the attention of consumers.


Production area
Città di Castello and Umbertide Municipalities, Perugia Province

Presidium supported by
Upper Umbria Mountain Community
Bigotti e Riccardini
Città di Castello (Pg)
Via Martiri della Libertà, 6
tel. +39 075 8558143

Dario e Carlo Chiodi
Città di Castello (Pg)
San Leo Bastia
Vocabolo Cà di Biagiolo
Tel. +39 075 8504187

Centro Carni 2M
Umbertide (Pg)
Via Martiri della Libertà, 12/b
tel. +39 075 9411027

Macelleria dell’Allevatore
di Cesare Luccaccioni
Bivio di Canoscio (Pg)
Via Marinelli, 2
tel. +39 075 854199

Macelleria Gian Luigi Rebiscini
Città di Castello (Pg)
Via S. Florido, 39
tel. +39 075 8550945

Terra del Carpina
di Brachini Alberto
Montone (Pg)
Località Corlo, 13
tel. +39 075 9306176
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Cesare Lucaccioni
tel. 328 8908843
info@macelleriadellallevatore.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marino Marini
tel. +39 328 3539448
marinimarino@libero.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionUmbria

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