Total 1 day and 3 hours (includes marinating and resting times)
Active 30 mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings
This is an indoor adaptation of Italy’s famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina, which is traditionally cooked over live fire until very rare and seasoned with nothing else than coarse salt. When in Florence, seek out the original—which I was fortunate enough to experience with my parents and sister many years ago. The steak we were served was presented with a few rosemary sprigs on the platter, which I’ve used to make a dry rub for this version, along with lemony shallots and salty anchovies for doctoring each bite. Slow-roasting before browning is a method called “reverse sear,” and it’s excellent for thick cuts and big roasts because it allows the meat to climb gently to an optimal, even medium-rare, before quickly taking on color in a hot skillet. If you’re going to splurge on a big beautiful cut of meat, you really don’t want to overcook it!