The Zerasca sheep breed has managed to maintain its characteristics unaltered over time, thanks to the isolation of its native Lunigiana. These hardy sheep are medium-large in size, with a well-proportioned head, long horns and a white coat. They are kept indoors only during the coldest months, and spend the rest of the year being pastured. In this part of Tuscany, pastures still cover significant expanses of land, and thanks to the lack of industrial activity in the area, they are still wild and unpolluted. The most traditional dish is lamb “al testo”, cooked in a cast-iron pot set over burning coals.
Lamb meat can be found during the year according to the breed's reproductive cycles, and is especially common between December and April.
Zeri, Mulazzo, Pontremoli, Filattiera, Bagnone Municipalities at altitudes above 800 meters, Massa-Carrara Province
Presidium supported by
Massa-Carrara Provincial Authority, Lunigiana Mountain Community, Municipality of Zeri, Massa-Carrara Chamber of Commerce
Chiesa di Rossano
tel. +39 0187 449064
Cinzia Angiolini and Renato Albanese, Iva Beccari and Luisa Quiligotti, Lucia Ferrari, Patrizia Figaroli, Roberto Figaroli, Mario Filippelli, Maria Lorenzelli, Ivana Marini and Valentina Merletti, Patrizia Rampini, Claudio Ribolla, Isolina Terzi and Vanessa Valenti, Claudia Taddei and Luca Faggiani, Giuseppe Tognarelli, Alice Chiesa and Marco Bruzzoni, Angelo Bruzzoni, Giancarlo Nadotti, Mirco Grilli, Ivana Pedrinelli
Tel. +39 339 6397599
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Tel. +39 0585 499430
Cell. +39 333 3261940