I love steaks and I am always curious to try non classic steakhouses. This time, we went to Bistecca Fiorentina, a Tuscan steakhouse located in Hell's Kitchen. I admit that I was not sure what to expect when we arrived: it was not that crowded and the person standing outside trying to convince people to come eat there was a sort of warning that they were dying to get patrons, at least it was my interpretation. Well, I was wrong: we had a pretty good dinner there.
It started with the usual bread and butter, as well as a bruschetta to remind us that we were in an Italian restaurant.
Nice touch, but what I was really looking for was the Bistecca Fiorentina con l'Osso, a porterhouse proposed for one (28oz) or two (50 oz) brushed with Tuscan olive oil, garlic and rosemary, and broiled over aromatic wood. I was glad that they proposed it for one person as I love porterhouse, but it is often proposed for two only. At first, they brought me a dish with just a bit of spinach a la crème (that was not mentioned as coming with the steak, so I was glad to get a freebie).
Then, I heard a sizzling sound and saw the waiter carrying a very hot plate containing the porterhouse, from where emanated a fantastic aroma. The first bite was sublime: the meat was tender, juicy, perfectly cooked medium-rare and slightly charred. I could even add some more of the sauce they brushed the steak with if I wanted as they brought some more in a saucier.
To go with the steak, I ordered some fried onions that were crispy and delightfully greasy.
Jodi did not go for steak and rather ordered the tortellini al funghi, some delicious mushroom ravioli (not sure if they were homemade).
For dessert, they unfortunately did not have any tiramisu (they were supposedly making it right at that moment), so we ended up with the chocolate mousse cake. It was delicious, very chocolatey, but I admit that I was looking forward to try the tiramisu.
We had a quite good dinner at Bistecca Fiorentina. The steak was delicious and I would probably go back to try their ribeye. Also, the fact that they also offer classic Italian dishes makes it a good option if some people want to have a good steak while other don't.
Enjoy (I did)!
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