Da Muzzicone, Castiglion Fiorentino, Arezzo
Just came across these photo's from May 2013 and thought that it was necessary to dedicate post to La Fiorentina (Tuscan Porterhouse T-Bone Steak)
If the restaurant is a serious place the waiter will come show you the cut of meat
A couple times a year I get this incredible craving for a great steak.
Living in the landlocked region of Umbria the specialty is pork, but in Tuscany the specialty is cow, and what a cow it is…or was.
Graziano introduced me to La Fiorentina (Florentine t-bone steak) in about 2006 and ever since then it has been worked into my diet a couple times a year. I love to make a day of it and drive out to Tuscany for lunch, never on a Friday though, Friday is for fish.
|a little antipasti plate|
One of the first places I believe that I ever ate La Fiorentina was at a classic restaurant in Castiglion Fiorentino called Da Muzzicone.
On Sunday afternoons it’s packed with happy Italian families enjoying a wonderful lunch at huge long tables filled with tons of food and the pink Fiorentina.
In Tuscany the Fiorentina usually comes from the beautiful white Chianina cow. It’s cooked on a wood or charcoal burning grill until rare served immediately.
traditional Fiorentina is served quite rare and I love it! The meat when good is aged to perfection, and
there is no blood on the plate. The best
t-bones come with the filet, which is the smaller part of meat on one side of
|our steaks in grilling line up|
|grilled to perfection!|
The usual condiment is coarse sea salt and extra virgin olive oil and sometimes some rosemary.
|this Morellino was quite good|
|everyone was so inspired, and the kids were still hungry |
so we ordered a tagliata al rosmarino e pepe verde
My favorite wine pairing is a serious Chianti Classico Riserva or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello’s good too, but I prefer an easy drinking wine with this plate.
On this occasion we brought our friends from Virginia who were living in Umbria.
|desert, cantucci & vin santo|
They really enjoyed it and so did we. Great meal, great company, great memories.