Agnes already warned me, "don't allow them to order anything. Just order the Bistecca Fiorentina for everyone, and that's all. Don't even look at the menu." She repeated this so many times, and I dutifully repeated it to everyone again when we finally got to the restaurant.
Agnes' husband, Massimo, is from Rome, and I Butteri is one of their favorite restaurants. I love gathering tips on the places I visit, but when the suggestion comes from a local, it's gospel.
Despite the forget-the-menu suggestion, everyone wanted to see the menu and of course, our focus waned.
We saw "scamorza" and remembered "Scamorza al coccio" from a past trip to Umbria. So we ordered it.
scamorza is a cheese similar to mozzarella
And finally our Bistecca Fiorentina arrived. It's a perfect blue steak, the way B, his family, and the kids like it. I prefer medium, so I get from the edge.
Each of these chunks of meat is at least one kilo because that's the minimum order.
Even if the pizza was good, we quickly regretted ordering appetizers.
I just had to say "I told you na Agnes said..."
This is when we should've ordered more.
The meal made such an impression that the guys insisted we go back another night. This time we promised each other we were just going to focus on the main event, the Bistecca Fiorentina.
The kids ordered their own steak.
But the adults ordered 3 kilos of Fiorentina and nothing else. I thought that was a bit much for 6 adults, but I underestimated the men and it was wiped out.
a 1.5 kilo chunk is a bit too thick
This casual, unpretentious restaurant is popular with the locals. I didn't notice any tourists the two nights we were there.
If we find ourselves in Rome again, I know this is the first place we'll be headed.
Thanks for the recommendation, Agnes!
PS. Around the corner from I Butteri is the gelateria Bartocci
In Italy, having a gelato is the proper way to end an evening.
Piazza Regina Margherita, 28,
00198 Rome, Italy
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