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billyeats Jul 13, 2006 03:20 PM

While recently on my honeymoon in Italy, we went to a ristorante in Florence called Aqua al Due. We had this dish (known as Filetto al Mirtillo) and it was fantastic. Does anyone know how to re-create this dish? I don't even know if it's technically Italian as the restaurant was full of Americans and they have an outpost in San Diego. All I know is that it was superb.

It tasted like it had red wine, blueberries (of course), perhaps worcheshire sauce?, something a little spicy, (maybe just black pepper) and was a reduction.

Any ideas? Thanks for input.

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    weezycom Aug 5, 2010 07:36 PM

    Okay, made this tonight to go on a porterhouse (using the link that's purported to be the actual recipe from the restaurant). It was a bit too sweet for my preference, but I did like the complexity of the flavors. If I made it again, I would reduce the molasses and ketchup by a couple of tablespoons each, and I'd probably add some freshly cracked cardamom to bring out the winey-peppery aspect of the flavors.

    I will say, I was having a little nibble of cheese while I was making the sauce and I dipped a sharp cheddar into it and that was absolutely fantastic. I'm wondering if this would be a perfect sauce for a cheese and onion tart.

    1. BobB Aug 4, 2010 11:20 AM

      Be sure to serve it with this: http://www.nashobawinery.com/wines/DB...

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        careme10 Aug 3, 2010 03:40 AM

        I FOUND IT....!!!!!! There are 2 listings via google - here are the links!!! The first one is from the actual restuarant and the 2nd one is someone who tried to re-create it.

        http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/668251-Fileno-al-Mirtilio-Blueberry-Steak-Sauce-

        http://cookinginla.blogspot.com/2008/...

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        1. re: careme10
          Passadumkeg Aug 3, 2010 04:24 AM

          Wow, I'm 'umbled! I'm just a poor country boy surrounded by wild blueberry barrens and forest, filled this summer w/ chanterelle mushrooms. Last night I fried up a couple of NY strip steaks au povre, fried the chanterelles briefly, deglased the pan w/ red wine and a couple of handfulls of hand picked blueberries and let it reduce. Sauced the steaks and topped w/ chanterelles. Good enough.

          1. re: Passadumkeg
            bushwickgirl Aug 3, 2010 12:13 PM

            Mm, after reading the Aqua al Due recipe with ketchup, molasses, dijon mustard and orange juice in addition to blueberries, I'd rather go with your version, FWIW...The blogger link upthread also has a better version than the supposed restaurant recipe link option.

          2. re: careme10
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            weezycom Aug 4, 2010 01:49 PM

            Thanks for the link. I think I've got everything so I can make this tonight or tomorrow night.

          3. c
            careme10 Aug 3, 2010 03:31 AM

            OH MY GOSH....I studied in Florence and went to Aqua al due and everyone raved about this recipe ...however at the time I didn't eat meat....so now I've been searching for this receipe. I hope someone finds it as I would love to try it especially since it's summer and I eat blueberries everyday!

            1. greygarious May 2, 2009 07:09 AM

              I believe it was the PBS show "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie" that had an episode featuring Jack (John?), aka "Doc" Willoughby making bison tenderloin with a blueberry sauce. You might be able to track it down via PBS or Gourmet magazine websites.

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                Jdkaplan May 1, 2009 10:29 PM

                This dish is AMAZING!! I just want to re-touch on this post so that maybe someone can help us recreate this dish! My girlfriend and I were just reminiscing about how good Aqua al Due is and how much we long to go back to the original in Florence!!

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                  mastiffprof Aug 9, 2006 11:49 PM

                  I wish I could help you with this. When we were in Flornce 5 years ago (at the time the San Diego one did not exist), we ate their twice because this dish was so fantastic. We have tried several recipes since then and none of them come close to being as good :-(.

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                  1. re: mastiffprof
                    MrsCheese May 2, 2009 08:10 PM

                    OMG, we went there twice in Florence too! I loved this dish. Sorry I can't help either. But FYI, my husband went to the one in San Diego and said it was horrible.

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