Home Alone and Bistecca alla Fiorentina

14 Jun

Three weeks have passed and almost all of our guests and visitors have come and gone! Michael left for the U.S. on June 6; Sarah’s parents Elena and Alex on June 10; and Sandy and Larry today. Rome, Firenze, Pompeii, Napoli, Sorrento, Capri, Montalcino, Cortona…different cities woven into the various agendas, each providing new stories and lasting memories. We loved being with all of you and exploring old and new sights together. We miss you!


Our last dinner with Sandy and Larry was at Cacio Brillo, always a favorite of ours, and even more so now that they’ve expanded their menu.  After dinner, the ladies continued on for dessert, the most amazing chocolate tort!

Tonight, with just the four of us home, we decided to fire up the grill and try our hand at some bistecca alla Fiorentina. Len and I went to the butcher just around the corner. She cut two huge on the bone steaks and gave us specific cooking instructions:

  • Rinse meat and pat dry; leave out of frig for about 30 minutes before cooking
  • Place on hot grill adding nothing to the meat
  • After about 5-7 minutes, turn over and salt cooked side
  • “Watch with your eyes” to not overcook, then remove meat from grill
  • Before serving, drizzle olive oil, then salt (pepper optional)
  • Finally, add a squeeze of lemon!

grilling steaks and zucchini

Chef Leonardo

Well, dinner was amazing! The aroma had neighbors opening their windows, but alas, only enough for four…(the bones were huge!) A salad with Italian tomatoes topped it all off, and from our garden, one single stem with five beautiful roses. Finally, Sandy and Larry, we opened one of your bottles of Pietranera and toasted to your safe travel home.

Arrivederci to you both!



5 Responses to “Home Alone and Bistecca alla Fiorentina”

  1. Peter June 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM #

    Just caught up with the news. Envious of the wine tasting and look forward to a bottle or two when you get back.


  2. Vikki Valentine June 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM #

    Ciao Judy and Len,
    I really enjoy reading the blog everyday. Can’t wait to go to the Amalfi Coast in September. Any suggestions for restaurants in Sorrento or Capri? Also, my friends are going to Rome and Florence. Any suggestions for restaurnats for them?
    Enjoy and safe travels.


    • blogginginitaly June 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM #

      You will love the Amalfi coast in September! I will get back to you with restaurant suggestions. When are your friends going to Rome and Florence?


  3. sybaritica June 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM #

    Simple is often the best!


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