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Nov 12, 2008 03:16 PM

Bistecca Fiorentina - Siena or Rome

We are hoping to find a good place to have bistecca fiorentina while in either Siena or Rome. We neglected to have any on our trip to Florence a couple of years ago, and I am determined to have the real thing on this trip!

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    1. For the real thing, you'll want to look for this in Siena, not Rome. Even better would be to venture into the hill towns north of Siena, toward Fierenza and find a local trattoria off the beaten path.

      A regional dish like Bistecca Fiorentina is specific to it's local and its preparation is typically a classic recipe using a specific cut of beef from a specific herd of cattle with the dish being dressed with a specific olive oil, etc. The farther afield one gets from the origin of the dish, (sometimes only a few kilometers) the more it becomes someone else's take/twist on the classic, or not served at all.

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      1. re: Foody4life

        I had a very good Bistecca many years ago at Osteria Nerone in Rome, in case you miss out while in Tuscany.