Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy – and the renowned restaurant in Rome “Dal Toscano” serves its best delicacies. You can find it close to the Vatican Wall, in one of those old fashioned buildings. I’d say its’ definitely classic, clean and nicely set up.
Tuscan food has always been my passion, my Grandma Maria being from a little town San Giovanni in Val d’Arno close to Florence. On the many Saturdays we had lunch at her house as kids, there were always dishes from her homeland, and that was one of the reasons why I became so passionate about good food. “Dal Toscano” restaurant has been in Rome for 77 years (in 1938 it was founded under the name of Trattoria Toscana) and it houses one of the best grills in the Capital, where you can enjoy various excellent meats cooked by the “maestri della brace”. The best dish is the world famous “Bistecca alla Fiorentina”. Even if it is such a celebrated food, it is not easy to find because it has to be the best cut with the bone (similar to the T-Bone steak or the Porterhouse).
The meat must be matured for at least 15 days in cold storage, placed in salt for a long time and cooked on the grill.
It’s cooked for a few minutes on both sides and served rare. The steak should be cut very thick (stand alone! – They say). My steak weighed 1.3kg and had to ask for help from my diners to end it all.
How to enjoy this meat so succulent and tender? Of course with a nice bottle of Chianti! What a match! Chianti and Fiorentina steak seem born one for each other.
In addition to steak, I could enjoy other typical Tuscan dishes: crostini with liver, fried brain and some salami as finocchiona (fennel is a spice used extensively throughout this region). And to sip at the end of the meal? A Fernet Branca! Make mine a double please!
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