BISTECCA ALLA FIORENTINA
During your holiday in Tuscany don't miss tasting the
number one specialty of Tuscan cuisine: the famous Bistecca "alla Fiorentina".
For the original Fiorentina steak three things are needed: The right meat,
the right cut and the right ember.
The meat must be from the bovine race Chianina, a historic Tuscan
breed, controlled by the only Italian syndicate for fresh meat approved at
European level. It is protected by a IGP brand, which allows to trace the
meat from its native grazier to the approved butcher, the only one
authorised to expose the label.
For the ripening of the beef, which determines the
steak's tenderness, we rely on the experience of our butcher Nicola.
The steak is cut from the sirloin of a roughly 20 months old animal, "two
fingers" high (4-5 cm, must keep standing if put vertical) with a
weight of around 1 kg. It contains the classic T-bone together with the
tasty strip loin including the white fat strip and, depending on its size, the
The preparation of the ember is an art by itself. It's a
job which takes around one hour. We burn
an abundant quantity of holm, olive or oak wood. As soon as the fire has
taken the fine wood, the blocks are added all at the same time in order to
generate a homogeneous fervent ember without flames. After distributing it
all over the barbecue,
we put the grid on it at a distance of around 12 cm and let it heat for some
Having done this, we put the steak, which shall have
ambient temperature, on the grid, taking care to pick it by no means. The
grilling must be intense and violent in order to create a conspicuous crust
that keeps all the juice inside the meat. After a few minutes we turn the
steak so that also the other side gets crusty. In this way we get a
tasty and tender steak, well roasted on the outside, red, soft an juicy
Salt is put on each side immediately upon grilling Nothing else is needed to accentuate the flavour of the steak, if it is the
This dish should be enjoyed without any side dish, if not with a fresh salad
or some rucola dressed with a premium olive oil.