Grilling large T-bone steaks
The Well-Known Cut Of Steak That Comes From Italy's Prized Chianina
Florence, Italy is home to some of the world's greatest artwork, and that includes culinary masterpieces. One of these is the enormous bistecca alla Fiorentina or steak Florentine.
The best steak Florentine comes from an Italian breed of cow called the Chianina, raised in the Chiana Valley in southern Tuscany. Chianina are the largest cattle in the world.
Some Chianina cows can grow to weigh nearly 3,000 pounds, and are defined by their white coats, large muscle size, and the high quality of their meat.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a staple since the 16th century, is like an enormous version of a T-bone steak, measuring between 1.5 and 3 inches thick and weighing just over 2 pounds.
The steak is not flavored, pounded, or altered in any way before cooking. It is believed the meat is of such high quality that no spices, herbs, or other seasonings are needed.
The meat is grilled over hot coals for a great char, then lightly seasoned with salt and olive oil. Eating this famous steak that comes from superior cows is a treat to remember.