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Aug 20, 2012 11:15 PM

South of Florence near Tavarnelle Val di Pesa now....

We are here enjoying the wonderful hot Tuscan countryside with kids. We have made dinner in our apartment twice and enjoyed pizza one night at a cute place near our apartment. We are looking for a great bistecca alla fiorentine somewhere close by . For more reference as to our location we are close to Barberino Val dElsa a little drive from Castelinna in Chianti. Any help would be great. Either for lunch or dinner. We were in Rome earlier and I will do a full report when I get home. The standout meal there was La Gensola.

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  1. Have you tried La Gramole yet? its a slowfood place in Tavernelle Val di Pesa, and it reportedly offers bistecca.

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Thanks Jen. We checked out the menu at La Gramola and it looked good for a couple but not as appealing for the kids. We ended up here:

      and it was excellent.

      1. re: elasticwaistband

        good you found a place. what did you eat and what did you like?

        1. re: jen kalb

          My husband and I shared the bistecca alla fiorentina - 1 kg of beef, cooked very rare. I don't know if it is typical but it was barely spiced. It was a nice treat because up until then we had been eating mainly fish, some veal dishes and pastas when we were in Rome. We started with a cheese plate which had an assortment of sheep cheese (about 6 different kinds - one more delicious than the next) from a nearby place called Fattoria Corzano e Paterno. We had wanted to visit that very farm but ran out of time. My son had a beef tenderloin cooked in a creamy balsamic sauce which he thought looked weird (we never have beef with creamy sauces at home - well - maybe bearnaise) but he declared that it was delicious and finished the entire plate. My daughter had her usual - some stuffed pasta. Can't remember which one but I think it may have been a ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach. The meal was lovely. We sat on the patio. The service was terrific as well. I would highly recommend this place. On the road that links Fiano to Certaldo and very close to Tavarnelle Val di Pesa.