Bistecca alla Fiorentina – Searching for Italy Recipe

Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a traditional Italian veal or heifer steak. In the fifteenth century in Florence, this specialty was offered during the celebrations in San Lorenzo’s honor by the famous De Medici family. The name bistecca comes from the English word beefsteak, as the story narrated that some English merchants came to the feast of San Lorenzo and were stunned by the quality and the taste of this specialty, shouting “Beefsteak” to ask for more.

This recipe comes from the Florentine grill master, Fabio Picchi, who was featured on Searching for Italy. His secret for the perfect grill? Sear it with a nice crisp on the outside but leave the middle very rare, for a melt-in-your-mouth experience.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina Recipe
Bistecca alla Fiorentina Recipe

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