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Mar 19, 2012 12:53 AM

Authentic Bistecca Fiorentina in Florence

Where is a good, non touristy place for authentic Canina beef cooked Bistecca Fiorentina style?

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  1. Check out the links shown below. This topic has been discussed here a good number of times. Sostanza gets recommended often.

    1. One that is not spoken about much, because it is off the beaten path, is Alla Vecchia Bettola. It is what Il Latini was like before every guidebook discovered it.

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      1. re: GeraldI

        Agree on that..I like that place quite a bit, but it's been a few years since I've last dined there..

        Also, I believe menus will specify if the beef is Chianina. There are many very well regarded butchers and restaurants that sell imported beef so I would not discount a place for that. In fact I believe I've read that most bistecca on menus today is from Spain or Piemonte, or perhaps even a Balkan region.

      2. much of the meat comes from bologna hills too- really not that much chianina around and it is a tougher meat than the others--- which really is not what people expect.
        more than anything the Authentic Bistecca alla fiorentina is a way of cutting the meat and cooking it done almost exclusivly in Florence-. the Cipolla Rossa Restaurant serves both male and female steaks-- you choose and is owned by Massimo Mannetti a 4th generation butcher in the san lorenzo market,