"This salt moves from stove-side to the dinner table in my home. 'Pass the nostalgia salt' can be heard each night. It makes everything better: sauces, salads, roasted/grilled meats, popcorn, steamed or roasted veggies, and even watermelon. We refer to it as 'nostalgia salt' because of the charming text on the jar: “open lid and breathe in deeply for sudden attacks of nostalgia.” I’m not raising my kids among the lavender, juniper, or rosemary fields of Tuscany, but I have a feeling this salt will someday trigger nostalgic fondness for our (perfectly seasoned) family dinners."
- Kendra, Brooklyn, New York
Somehow the 21st Century has found fit to make celebrities out of a raft of food makers, including butchers. And there’s probably no more famous butcher in the world than Dario Cecchini, the opera-belting macellaria of Panzano, the Tuscan village an hour south of Florence. Dario’s approach to butchering focuses on the local, honest, and traditional.
He’s created a blended sea salt that hews closely to that philosophy. It’s a powder-fine blend with herbs you’d find around Panzano: sage, lavender, thyme, rosemary, bay, fennel pollen, juniper. Twenty five percent of the weight is herbs—Dario is not messing around.
This is seriously aromatic. Transporting. Straight to a hot afternoon in the middle of Italy. I’ve been keeping it to myself for over a year, drifting handfuls of it onto pork chops, chicken thighs, thick steaks from Cory Carman. It is also 100% amazing on popcorn.