New Florentine Steak Experience ™ - Florence Cooking Class

Quite possibly the best steak experience in the world? Enjoy learning to cook a thick and juicy Florentine steak with this cooking class in Florence!

The Florentine Steak Experience ™

In this first-of-its-kind cooking class in Florence you will cook up your very own Bistecca alla Fiorentina in one of the finest traditional trattorias here in the city of the beef-steak.

We have teamed up with the best experts to give you a cooking class in Tuscan cuisine including where you’ll prepare a 3 course meal to be enjoyed alongside your sumptuous steak.

You will be warmly welcomed at the restaurant with a glass of local wine, while donning your chef’s apron, before learning to cook your very own steak!

You’ll also prepare a classic Tuscan starter and side dishes such as cannellini beans and ‘fettunta’ – giving an insight into the regional and seasonal foods used in traditional local cuisine.

You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else!

Take home the experience and the know-how

You will go home with a recipe and tips and hints on what you need to order at the butcher and what ingredients and cooking techniques will make for a truly delicious mouth-watering steak.

You’ll also learn about how high quality ingredients and season produce is a cornerstone of Italian cuisine.

You will also learn how to tell a good Chianti wine.

This is an immersive hands-on experience where your great guide explains and ensures you know all about how to cook the best steak of your life.

What you get:

  • A cooking lesson learning the trick of Italian cuisine!
  • A starter of classic Tuscan anti-pasti ‘Fettunta’: toasted Tuscan bread with olive oil drizzled on top
  • A Secondo or main course: the steak you’ve cooked!
  • A choice of Tuscan side dishes: roasted potatoes, greens, salad and traditional Tuscan white beans
  • A Dessert: we have a delicious Tuscan dessert of “Cantucci'”: local handmade biscuits that you dip in Vin Santo – “holy wine” to enjoy-divine!
  • The wine to accompany is a good honest local Chianti wine with a story to tell.
  • Water, of course!

What is a Florentine steak? (Bistecca alla Fiorentina)

Florence is famous for many things – it’s art, history and natural landscapes, for being the home of some of the world’s most famous architecture…but let’s not forget, for its food and wine!

Bistecca Fiorentina, or Bistecca alla Fiorentina, first became known in Florence during the renaissance period. Now it is a legend in its own right.

The Florentine Beef Steak otherwise known as La Bistecca Fiorentina is a very thick, juicy, and incredibly tender porterhouse steak.

It’s a steak from Italy’s most ancient breed of cattle: the Chianina cow. The best restaurants have a certification that they are using this best meat.

It’s delicious and one of the great iconic gourmet experiences every one visiting Florence should enjoy.

The Chianina Breed is Important

Whilst many food and wine products are exported to be enjoyed around the world, one thing which cannot be exported is the must-try Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Made from the white Chianina cow, one of the oldest cattle breeds in the world, this steak has been eaten here since the Etruscans and Romans feasted on the prize dish.

Tuscany and Florence is the Best Place to Taste a Florentine Steak 

Whilst attempts have been made to export the Chianina cow, the steak has never been as good as it is here where the breed has roamed for thousands of years. The cattle are kept in open fields around Tuscany.

What is the best way to cook a Florentine Steak?

There is a true art to cooking the Florentine steak. Cut with one sharp chop, this T-bone loin steak is served in 28-42 oz (800-1200g) servings, and usually very thick! The grill temperature is measured to 550 °F before the room-temperature steak is placed on the searing heat, just a few minutes on each side, sealing in the flavor . The flames are perfectly fanned to ensure that the fire does not touch the meat and a good rest is crucial before eating.

How to Enjoy a Florentine Steak?

The original Florentine steak, ordered as a main meal, is usually shared between 2 or 3 people. Served on a wooden chopping board, with salt, pepper, drizzled with extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil, and a wedge of lemon for those who wish to squeeze some fresh juice onto the steak.

How Rare should a Florentine Steak Be?

Slicing the tender steak, you will see the steak is cooked well on the outside, but almost rare in the middle. If you must order it ‘well-done’, you’d be well advised to order something else as Florentines take their steak very seriously!

Read everything you need to know and more about Florentine Steak on our blog

Tour Details


  • Eat and cook Fettunta, a classic Tuscan Antipasti (“Antipasto”)
  • Make the classic Florentine Steak yourself!
  • Enjoy the Bistecca Fiorentina with classic Tuscan side dishes
  • Try an authentic regional dessert: Cantucci with Vin Santo “holy wine”.
  • Drink and learn about a local Chianti wine

Special menu requests?
There is a -Vegetarian Option Menu and a Children’s Option Menu for under 12 kids to enjoy. (With discounts!)

Prices are Per child under 12 is 39 euros
For vegetarians 49 Euros

Just contact us directly to book.

Any other questions? Feel free to contact the ArtViva staff!

Feel free to order other courses and wines. The restaurant also has other delicious local gourmet treats for you to take home.

Tour Length
1.5-2 hours

Meeting Point

We’ll confirm the meeting point with you after booking.


What is a Florentine Steak?
A Florentine Steak is an Italian T-bone/Porterhouse appearing cut of beef, traditionally grilled on a wood fire. It should always be of the Chianina cow breed, be above 1.5 inch high (optimally 2.5 inch) and cooked rare.

Do you have to eat a Florentine steak rare? / Can you ask for a well done Bistecca Fiorentina?
Unfortunately for the people loving well done, most Italians will tell that the Florentine Steak has to be eaten “rare” and at most authentic restaurants choosing how the steak is done is not even an option. At more “tourist-oriented” restaurants, however, it might be possible to ask for a medium or well done steak.

What cut is a Florentine Steak?
The Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a thick Porterhouse steak (Meaning it includes both the sirloin and the tenderloin) that should be at least 1.5 inch high, but optimally around 2.5 inch

How do you season a Florentine Steak?
A good authentic Florentine steak should just be flavoured by salt and the grilling process, as this lets you experience the special quality Italian beef better. There are some recipes adding rosemary or even (in the 1890 article by Pellegrino Artusi) butter however.

How thick should a Florentine Steak be?
The Tuscan people don’t measure the thickness of their steak in Inches, but in fingers. The best thickness is said to be around 3, 4 fingers thick, coming through at around 2.5 inches and sometimes even a bit thicker!

What kind of meat should be used for a Florentine Steak?
The only real way to go is the Tuscan Chianina breed, this breed can only optimally live around the Tuscan hills as it has a special diet and temperature around this area. This gives the steak a great beefy flavor, making it according to some the best steak in the world!

Where can I eat real Florentine Steak?
This experience lets you taste and cook the real Chianina Bistecca alla Fiorentina, but if you want to try other authentic restaurants we offer great recommendations here!



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