27 Sep

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We loooooooove Florence. In 2009, John and I visited Rome, Florence and Venice. It was off-season and I will never ever forget running around empty Venice, making out like teenagers in narrow little alleyways, freezing our asses off. I don’t think I even ever want to see it during a different time, it was just that great.  Years ago, Roger Ebert wrote the most beautiful open love-letter to his wife, briefly talking about how that was also their favorite time to go —  you know what, if you haven’t read it, it is just wonderful: http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/roger-loves-chaz

Anyhow, while Venice was a definitely highlight of our trip to Italy, there was one more. The bistecca alla florentina – Florentine steak – at a little mom and pop restaurant called Pandemonio just across the bridge in Florence.

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I have had 2 life-changing steaks in my life. This Florentine, and one at Babbo in NYC that made me want to bring the cow back to life, kiss it’s face and kill it all over again.

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You were a good cow.

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Propped up on one side by a spoon and pieces of bread on one side, the juice fills the edge, creating a pool of olive oily, meaty, salty deliciousness for you to dip your bites into. Oh baby.

ALSO RECOMMEND: Mama’s homemade pasta with special mama meat sauce (errr) SO WONDERFUL

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Sigh. I miss it already. A night in Florence wasn’t even in our original plan but hey, it’s steak.


36 Responses to “Florence!”

  1. Yamili Saucedo September 27, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Wow! That steak looks life changing.. I must visit Florence (or NYC) It all looks beautiful!!! Thanks again for sharing .. We look forward to your blogs, tweets, everything .. Seriously brightens up our day!! ~yams

    • chrissyteigen September 27, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      very kind, thank you! i love you guys.

    • B. Bob Thornton January 23, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Oh my god….a NEEE GROW lover……

    • Monique Faria April 17, 2014 at 7:58 am #


  2. Lauren September 27, 2013 at 9:15 am #


  3. Abby September 27, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    You are so hilarious. I felt that way about steak when I had it at the Top of the World Cafe in the Stratosphere Las VEGAS! You and John are adorable. He still looks like a young boy, good genes you both got those good genes. Fun and Peace!

  4. Liliana Minjares September 27, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Bistecca alla Florentina one of Tuscany’s many wonderful gifts to the world! You picked a great spot. I’m incredibly jealous, just left Florence this summer after having lived there and I miss it terribly. One night is definitely not enough. Arrivaderci bella!

  5. Timmy September 27, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Florence is the best, studied abroad there and miss that Bistecca.

  6. Ralph September 27, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    That steak and it’s presentation look almost as lovely as you two. I’m so happy you are sharing, you have such a wonderful outlook and a gift for conversation. Best wishes for you two.

  7. Livinmydestiny September 27, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    That love letter has me speechless!!! Geesh, who wouldn’t want that type of genuine friendship and a private love fest in Florence? Lol thanks for sharing….as I stare at this steak…

    • Livinmydestiny September 27, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Venice…Florence…you get it….just beautiful!

  8. Susan September 27, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Best comment about steak ever: kiss its face and kill it all over again, lol! Love it.

    • MikeBarbre October 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

      That was my favorite part as well. haha

  9. TrinItalian September 27, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Those pictures make me wanna quit my vegetarianism and devour that steak in a bite 🙂
    Thanks for sharing. Keep sharing. Ciao xx

  10. Snooze_Yah_Lose September 27, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Thanks for sharing this open love letter, it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever read and has been forever seared in my memory, this is what life is about, I want to live with this passion every day…

  11. Laurie Taylor September 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Beautiful steak, adorable pictures! I love how much you love food (and your cheekiness!).

  12. Rian Worm September 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I just read that love note on the train and it almost brought me to tears!! And those cold nights when the streets are deserted are the best kind to share with your significant other… walking in the moonlight or along the beach, anywhere really gah I love it 🙂

  13. piratebobcat September 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    My wife and I loved wandering the side streets of Florence on our trip there. Such an amazing city! Looks like you’re having good times too!

  14. Karin September 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Did somebody say steak? My husband and I went to Venice, Florence, Siena and Rome in November 2010. It was cold, rainy, and the absolutely best time of our lives. We cannot wait to go back. All I did was eat pasta, now I have to get steak!

  15. amanda September 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    im so glad you havent forgotten about us!!!! looks like the best trip!

  16. Fakhrul October 1, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    Welcome to malaysian,this is one of famous snack in malaysia.

  17. BMFD October 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Fantastic! Florence is such an amazing city and that steak looks ridiculous

  18. Elizabeth Pauley Horning October 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    I could spend HOURS reading your blog, Chrissy. You are damn near hilarious (not to mention gorgeous) and I love a gal that can rock a pair of Choos while roasting a rack of lamb. Keep up the stellar work, sister.

  19. lexie October 14, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    im going to florence this summer and definitely want to try this place!!! any tips for creating this at home?

  20. Leigha October 17, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Chrissy, would you write up an Italy food blog (preferably city-by-city for us travel novices)?? Would love to visit some amazing restaurants when I travel there later next year!

  21. Kristy October 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm #


  22. sasha December 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    try Yellow Bar if you get to Florence sometimes in the future. I had a life-changing pasta right there and then. YUM!

  23. Pablo February 12, 2014 at 9:46 am #

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    However, if you would like to give your blog a more professional
    feel, by all means, post articles instead of treating it like a personal journal.

  24. Misha February 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm #


    I just spent two days reading your blog.. correction, your WHOLE blog because post after post it was a major case of food envy/porn. I now have nothing to do bar wait for more foodie posts. Like you, my world revolves around good food, and when I am eating breakfast, I’m thinking about lunch and so forth. Love your enthusiasm (and obsession) for eating and cooking and also your honesty in regards to ‘clean eating’ (if there ever was a hashtag/word that should be banned…). I also like that you don’t shy away from using spices, herbs and adding a whole lot of flavour to anything… god help me from people who don’t use salt and pepper. Tres boring.

    Looking forward to more recipe’s and posts 🙂

    Will definitely have to try the chipolte marinade for every kind of meat under the sun… as soon as I get over my current obsession for dumplings, handmade noodles in broth and special braised eggplant (sweet, hot, sticky and totally moreish)!

    Love from Sydney, Australia 🙂

  25. Courtney Lofton March 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    I am going to Venice, Florence and Rome as well for my honeymoon in June!!! We are beyond excited and I will be sure to try Pandemonio! Thanks for the recommendation and I can’t wait to run around Italy with my new husband making out in alleys. Much love to you and John.


  26. annieblinn April 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Hi, I found your blog because my husband said you talked about Florence and food. We were just in Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy (Milan, Florence and Rome). We had an awesome time! Food was our priority in Italy and we found some amazing food. In Florence we did a food tour and we had an awesome time and learned a lot! The steak you talk about was one of our topics and we had to try it. . . we were told that they only cook it one way and it doesn’t matter how you ask for it. . it will be cooked several minutes on each side on such high heat and comes out bloody in the middle. It was so true when we did order it. we asked for it medium well and we definitely got it bloody. Still good but I’m bias to a steak house in Tampa called Charley’s. Amazing steaks! I loved the tripe in Florence. It was cold and rainy when we went and it truly warmed you up.On our food tour we went to the market and tried Bollito. Awesome! We had it for breakfast when we were leaving Florence. Loved getting simple sandwiches in Italy. And bread in Italy was stale tasting compared to Germany and Switzerland. Learned again on our tour that the breads are made without salt since back in the days it was too expensive. But the Focaccia bread has salt in them in Italy and is soft and what we are use to. I thought it was a cheese bread like in the US but it isn’t. You want sandwiches made with this bread in Italy.

    Rome was a great city and we have a restaurant we loved. I found it through a trip report on Fodor.com. near the pantheon. You must visit and try. I only got to dine there once but I would have ordered the whole menu knowing it was my one and only visit. Cabornara pasta is the local food in Rome and it was unbelievable!!!!

    Check out my blog on how to make pizza like Europe. http://blinnohanafoodblog.com/2014/03/07/grilled-pizza/

    You don’t have to get anything expensive! Comes out so awesome! Hope you enjoy!

  27. Brandy April 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I got married in Florence in October of 2006 and our wedding night dinner was at Pandemonio! Mama served us and we had the most magical and beautiful night. I think you are great and keep cooking!

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  29. Lisa Carroll October 20, 2017 at 4:18 am #

    Hey Chrissy 😊 Was just here a couple of weeks before you, we had been recommended a place around the corner but after waiting a couple of hours for it to open (just HAD to chill with some wine til then) we realised it was closed for the night…walked a couple of mins and found Pandemonio..the steak was literally one of the best things I’ve ever had!! Could’ve eaten a second..such a gorgeous place 😍

  30. thefolia October 23, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    We loved Padova stayed there instead of Venice…that was twenty years ago though…wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not so quaint anymore and over-commercialized. Happy travels!


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