Composer of Music and Fine Meats
Famed composer Giuseppe Verdi grew up in Busseto, a town near Parma and the official home of culatello. He was an apt and able thirteen year old student of music and immersed in this beautiful little cobble street town that now serves as a beacon for all things Verdi and culatello.
This master of opera came of age as the child of well-to-do landowners near the Baratta Salumeria that even had an old windmill nearby fitted to age culatello. It doesn’t seem that surprising that as he became popular, he hid his privileged background and continued to frequent the Baratta Salumeria and sit and eat his favorite culatello with the kinds of people who created it. By the way, Giuseppe lived into his late 80s and although I’m not a doctor, I’m gonna say it was all the salty meat.