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Where can I find Bistecca alla Fiorentina?

Is there an Italian restaurant in the Boston area that serves this style of steak?


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  1. Your best bet might be Toscana on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. I'd call ahead, though. Do you know exactly what you're looking for? In that case, it may be easier to do it yourself.

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      1. re: Rohi

        Note that the restaurant Rohi is recommending is Ristorante Toscano on Beacon Hill, not to be confused with Trattoria Toscana in the Fenway, which serves what I would call the most traditional Tuscan cooking in the city.

        It also does a bistecca alla fiorentina (though it's not always on the menu), and in my view, its food is superior across the board to Toscano's, which I consider Americanized and overpriced. Trattoria Toscana is an informal neighborhood spot, a true trattoria with a Tuscan-trained chef/owner. It has none of the glossy finishes of Toscano, but it's one of my favorites in town at any price.


        Trattoria Toscana
        130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I can't find it on the 'menupages' type menus...but I can't actually find the website for this restaurant. Does it have one?


          1. re: trueblu

            No they don't I used to try to get the menus and put them up on my site. I'll have to get over there and start doing that again.


    1. I'd also call Tuscan Grill in Waltham and Via Matta

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        Great ideas. I'll give them a try...

        1. I'd look into Trattoria Toscana in Fenwway.

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          1. re: limster

            It sure looks authentic. I'll give it a whirl. Thanks so much!

            1. re: Sweetbread

              Please report back if you find it - I've been craving this lately, along with a big ol' plate of pasta w/ shaved truffles.

          2. I haven't been since last year, but I think Marco in the North End has it on the menu.


            1. So they do! Thank you so much for steering me (pun intended) in the right direction!

              1. Nothing approaching (what I think of in my mind at least as) the authentic article around here. Had an incredible bistecca alla fiorentina at Trattoria Sostanza (Il Troia) in Florence last year. My mouth waters just thinking about it. I will be interested to hear if you think any of the recs here are a good facsimile though.

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                1. re: Gabatta

                  Are these places serving Chianina beef or this just "Fiorentina" style cooking?

                  1. re: misscucina

                    It is only one place I refer to above.

                    Even in Florence there are very few establishments that actually use chianina beef. Trattoria Sostanza indeed servess chainina, however I am thinking of the preparation as much as the perfect beef. Each t-bone steak is cut to order by the butcher, and cooked to a rare perfection. The end result is a 2+ inch steak of the most perfectly flavored, seasoned and cooked beef I have ever eaten (the char finish is on par with Lugers).

                    As stated above, I have not found anything remotely comparable in these parts.