BUTCHER

Not too long ago, local butcher shops were commonplace in towns and cities across the country, and it seemed that there was one on every corner. Modern day, however, it can be rare to find the real thing, and even harder to find a butcher trained in what is fast becoming a lost art. These days, consumers often settle for the convenience and low cost of large chain grocery store meats, but the trade-off is superior quality, service, and health. Here, in Lee County and all across Florida, you’ll find only a handful of butcher shops, yet most of them are still not providing the same level of quality and service associated with the specialty butcher shops of the past, except for one. Mario’s Meat Market and Deli owner Mario Pica is a highly-trained butche