It seems that Steak in Florence is wonderful. Which restaurants have great steak for the best prices?
We really enjoyed Mama Gina's. The restaurant is one street back from the river , in what I would call a lae. turn right over the Ponte Vecchio if you start at Uffizzi side. The steak is very pink almost runs off your plate. it's like this throughout the continent. The steak was huge by Australian standards.
"Bistecca" is a traditional Tuscan dish and most restaurants/trattoria (unless they are one of the fish specialists) will do an excellent steak, often with a variety of sauces.
My wife and I like particularly Cinghiale Bianco (White Boar) in Borgo San Jacopo in Oltrano but it is popular and busy so get there early
Guruswife- You said it's very pink and almost runs off your plate. Are you referring to its size? And is the pink because it's prepared rare? PLMK Thanks!
Yep, elliemae knows what she's talking about, Buca Lapi is a great place for bistecca alla fiorentica. My favorite, though, is the bistecca at Da Ganino. And if you are thinking, what could possibly be the difference from a great steak in the US, it's a completely different experience to eat Florentine bistecca. If you eat it the first night, you might not eat anything else for the rest of your trip.
Sure is very rare! Almost mooing (runs off the palte is probably an Oz term to describe rare meat) As for huge..definitely. You have a steak chain in US (maybe outback steakhouse?) which has big steaks. Some steaks are about as big as the big one there. yes they do sometimes "hang of the plate"
Bistecca is the italian word for steak, hence you can get Bistecca all over italy. if you're looking for the traditional cut (most commonly similar to a massive T Bone) it would be florentine style.
You can absolutely order the steak as you wish it to be cooked, but it is customary to eat it rare...charred on the outside and rare inside.
We found you could specify all you liked but in lots of places it was still pretty pink. One restaurant actually refused to serve it more well done because they said "it defiled the meat"
maycurl, elliemae's right again. You can definitely order it any way you want to. Just as with a steak back home, though, and probably more so even, I'd stay away from ruining a steak with cooking it any more than about medium rare. Even though the bistecca traditionally comes "rare," my experience is that Florentine "rare" is more like medium rare anyways.