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Authentic Bistecca Fiorentina in Florence

sean907 Mar 19, 2012 12:53 AM

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

  1. Diva Mar 26, 2012 04:24 AM

    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,

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      GeraldI Mar 19, 2012 07:23 AM

      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
        erica Mar 19, 2012 02:18 PM

        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.


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        DavidT Mar 19, 2012 06:11 AM

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

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