Casamonti’s owner, Raymond Lamothe was one of the key people to help bring the Cinta Senese back from extinction. And now, he and his wife Anna Rita breed and raise these special pigs on their farm, Casamonti. When a pig is born, genetic testing is done to determine whether this pig should be raised for breeding purposes, or whether after two years, it will become part of the food chain. After a pig is butchered the meat is brought back to Casamonti where it becomes all kinds of delicious things.
What makes Cinta Senese meat taste so good? Well, it is a combination of things. Firstly, the pigs are fed a mixture of grains which are certified non-GMO, organic, and grown within the borders of Tuscany. Also, the pigs are allowed extensive periods of time to forage in the forests for themselves. This means the pigs are eating things they are meant to eat, following the seasons. For example, now, in the fall, they are eating acorns they find, while in the spring, they might be munching on wild asparagus. Casamonti has a large amount of forested land which is fenced to keep the special pigs in, and the wild boars out.
So, what does all this mean to you, and me, the consumers who might make a visit to Casamonti? It means you will taste some of the best cured meats you have ever had in your life. A visit to Casamonti means a stroll with the elegant and charming Anna Rita; a woman who is passionate about her cooking, the products made on the farm, and making sure her guests have a wonderful visit. It means you’re going to have a darn good time.
My Casamonti Lunch: