Where to eat the best Florentine steak in Florence

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La Florentine steak it is one of the culinary heritage of our wide and varied tradition. Few people know that the origin of this dish is very ancient, almost as much as the city that gave birth to it. The exact origin of the Florentine steak is not known, but it is thought that it dates back to the feast of San Lorenzo and the Medici family. During the celebrations, in fact, numerous fires were lit to illuminate the city but also for roasting large quantities of veal, then distributed to citizens. Unfortunately, the Florentine steak went through a dark period of banning, during the early 1s. The European Union, in fact, prohibited the consumption of steak on the bone due to the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, called mad cow disease. Fortunately, the emergency subsequently returned and, as of 2006 January , the ban was revoked. To date, Italians and the numerous tourists who visit our country can again taste this delicious and succulent Tuscan specialty.


  1. Curiosities: Cut, Weight, Cooking of the real Florentine
  2. Osteria di Giovanni
  3. Mother Gina
  4. Le Fonticine
  5. Trattoria Marione
  6. Trattoria Gozzi
  7. Osteria del Caffè Italiano
  8. User questions and comments

Curiosities: Cut, Weight, Cooking of the real Florentine

What characteristics a steak must have to be defined as the real Florentine? The aspect must be really huge, the format of the dish assumes that it is shared by several diners. The steak is obtained from the cut from the loin of the Chianina breed calf, that is, that which corresponds to the lumbar vertebrae. The most used portion is the one about a kilo, but sometimes it can weigh even more. The price is set per kilo, and is around 40 Euros. It is served strictly rare, that is, it is only cooked for 3 or 4 minutes. Be careful to ask for a longer cooking time! The Florentines are quite sensitive on this subject: the Florentine must be eaten and appreciated as tradition dictates, or rather rare.

And now, after having done a bit of clarity, let's move on to the best places to taste the best Florentine ...

Osteria di Giovanni

  • Address: via Del Moro 22
  • Contacts: Telephone 055 284897
  • Average Prices: 70 Euros
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4,5 out of 5 (Certificate of Excellence)

It is a traditional and pretty restaurant, quite small in size. It is often crowded, so it is always advisable to book well in advance. Different from the usual trattorias and restaurants with a somewhat uniformed appearance to the tourist imaginary (especially that of foreigners), it offers a traditional menu where the quality of the dishes is excellent. In addition to the Florentine steak you can taste a superlative ribollita, a first course consisting of a vegetable soup with bread and black cabbage.

Mother Gina

  • Address: Borgo S. Jacopo 37 / r
  • Contacts: Telephone 055 2396009 - email info@mammagina.it
  • Average Prices: 50 Euros
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4 out of 5 (Certificate of Excellence)

Although the restaurant is located in a very touristic area of ​​Florence (it is located right in the immediate vicinity of Ponte Vecchio), the restaurant fully reflects all the characteristics of the authentic Tuscan trattoria. The customers of the restaurant appreciate not only the variety of the menu, the quality of the dishes but above all the excellent relationship with the price. In addition to the Florentine steak (20 Euros for one person) you should definitely try pappa al pomodoro and mixed croutons.

Le Fonticine

  • Address: Via Nazionale 79r
  • Contacts: Telephone 055 282106 - email info@lefonticine.com
  • Average Prices: 75 Euros
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4,5 out of 5 (Certificate of Excellence)

Here is the real kingdom of the Florentine steak. If you are a meat lover, you will not leave this place disappointed! The restaurant is located near the Florence Santa Maria Novella station, therefore in the center. Besides meat lovers, also those of the homemade pasta they will find something to delight in. A peculiarity: if you decide to taste the Florentine steak, the staff will tell you the exact weight and will show you from which side the steak was made.

Trattoria Marione

  • Address: via della Spada 27
  • Contacts: Telephone 335 1808080 - email info@casatrattoria.com
  • Average Prices: 40 Euros
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4 out of 5

This small but well known place is ideal for those who, in addition to good food, also love local folklore and the typical Tuscan joy. The duties of the waiters also include running and screaming up and down the stairs! The service is quick, although you may have to wait a while before getting seated at your table. Are you undecided about which side dish to combine with the Florentine? They are highly recommended the delicious beans all'uccelletta, or white beans cooked in tomato with garlic and sage.

Trattoria Gozzi

  • Address: Piazza di San Lorenzo, 8R
  • Contacts: Telephone 055 281941
  • Average Prices: 55 Euros
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4,5 out of 5 (Certificate of Excellence)

È a historic trattoria in the city located on the side of the church in Piazza San Lorenzo. Managed for generations by the Gozzi family, the restaurant is open only for lunch and does not accept reservations, so if you want to enjoy your Florentine steak here, arm yourself with a little patience. The place, as well as the service, is rustic but friendly and quick. The high quality of the dishes is guaranteed, so much so that it has made this place one of the most popular and famous in Florence. In addition to the Florentine, the ossobuco and the so-called remade chops are excellent.

Osteria del Caffè Italiano

  • Address: via Isola delle Stinche 11 / 13r
  • Contacts: Telephone 055 289080
  • Average Prices: 70 Euros
  • Tripadvisor rating: 4 out of 5

Unlike the premises listed above, the latter differs in its romantic and refined atmosphere. To show you the quality of what you are preparing to eat, the chef will take care of cutting the meat right in front of your eyes and you can also follow the cooking process. The prices are a bit high compared to the average, but we must also consider the location of the Osteria, which is located in an ancient typically Florentine building, located near Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery.

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