We were traveling to meet friends in Tuscany area of Italy when we finally arrived in Montepulciano at this restaurant at about 10pm and surprisingly enough there was barely a place to sit. This seemed to be a very good message to us in terms of the food quality we would expect. The waitress was very kind and found us (we are a couple with a 11 year old daughter) a place to sit among other happy eaters along a long wooden table. The experience seemed cozy and homey, especially since we had been on the road for about 6 hours and quite hungry. After the waiter, a kind Italian young lady patiently explained the menu in English and took our order which included our interest in the famous Florentine steaks. she mentioned that the owner would bring our choice of steaks raw for us to evaluate! The owner, a very hospitable, down to earth, kind and hard working Italian man presented us with a 1350gram and a 1750 gram steak that we could choose from! My wife's mouth dropped in awe as she tried to explain that these are two big for even the three of us, at which point the kind owner gave me a look which basically said ...... Are You A Man or what! This would need exceptional diplomatic skills so to appease my wife's fear of overindulgence and the Italian man looking across the table with that LOOK! I gently calmed my wife and asked humbly for the 1350gram, at which point he smiled as if saying "I knew you had it in you!", whisking away the steaks and gently placed one of them straight into a wood oven type of grill.
We had also ordered some starters (tomato with garlic on a piece of bread and cheese melted with pear). The toasted bread was not so special, the melted sheep cheese with pear was an interesting blend of salty and sweet!
However, when the steak arrived it was a real magic moment! It had been carefully cut into strips for us, so that we could easily take small 100-150 gram pieces individually. My wife, who is Brazilian and is used to the best quality meats offered in South America took the first bite and at that moment she looked at me with a sense of renewed love and admiration which hinted that she had made a good decision when she tied the knot 19 years ago! Our restaurant neighbors who had not ordered the steak(probably due to the sizes offered) looked with mouth watering delight to the steak placed in front of us. My wife no longer complained of its size and our exhausted daughter who had been complaining about the long drive, was silent, too busy gobbling down this delicious specimen of "Bistecca alla fiorentina"! I would imagine that we received 1000g of lean meat because their was some fat and bones, however that was a perfect welcome to Tuscany after a long drive!
The meat is medium to almost raw in the middle, but soft in texture and delicious in flavor only seasoned with large pieces of sea salt. I can honestly say The best Europe has got to offer after we've tasted Argentinian steak in falls de iguazu, Argentina!
The rest I leave for you to experience, if you are truly the person who enjoys beautiful and picturesque hills of Tuscany and is not timid in the face of "Bistecca alla fiorentina"!
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