Known as the Bistecca alla Fiorentine, which is a traditional Tuscan dish. When cooking the Bistecca alla Fiorentine, it’s just a simple and easy recipe, but it’s not an ordinary steak. Traditionally, the meat comes from an ancient breed of Tuscan cattle, called the Chianina. This cattle breed is known for its exceptionally tasty meat.
For Florentine steak, you can literally find this dish almost everywhere throughout Florence. However, I got the chance to try the Florentine steak at a restaurant called “Trattoria ZaZa” located near the Mercato Centrale. While looking at the menu, my friend and I decided that we should split the steak as they serve it by kilogram. There were two options to choose from 1) Famous Florentine grilled T-bone beefsteak by the kilo (minimum cut 1.00 kg) and 2) Famous Florentine grilled Tenderloin beefsteak by the kilo (minimum cut 1.20 kg). From those two, we decided to get the first one which is 1kg and in pounds it is 2.20.
I heard that when measuring the steak it’s usually measured by fingers not by inches. No wonder the meat was very thick when they brought out, and it indeed had a favorable taste! Despite the fact that I split it with a friend, I tried my best to eat it all, but I couldn’t, so I shared some pieces with my other friends who wanted to try it. Eventually, I thought I was full, but I ended up getting a tiramisu dessert after.
I’m delighted I had the opportunity to experience the best steak in Florence.
Address for Trattoria ZaZa: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 26r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy