Bistecca is an unashamedly Italian classic cocktail bar and restaurant by hospitality duo James Bradey and Warren Burns (Grandma’s, The Wild Rover, Wilhemina’s), dedicated to Tuscany’s revered cut of steak, bistecca alla Fiorentina, and Italian grape varieties.
Spanning three distinct spaces in a heritage-fronted building on Bridge Street, and accessed via Dalley Street at the rear, Bistecca delivers the ambience and bravado of Italy’s famed ristoranti and enoteche via a cocktail bar, 50-seat restaurant, and adjoining wine store.
After the painstaking task of touring Italy for the best steak and wine, Bradey and Burns decided on the cut of steak, bistecca alla Fiorentina, made famous in Florence centuries ago and celebrated worldwide. Cut and weighed, then presented to diners, the steak is cooked fireside over charcoal, wood and olive branches for smokiness to a perfect medium-rare. The steak is left to rest and served in traditional Italian fashion, well-seasoned with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.