The legend of this specialty is as old as the city from which it takes its name. However, its popularity and name can be traced back to the celebration of the festival of San Lorenzo and the Medici family. At the celebration of San Lorenzo, on August the 10th, the city was usually illuminated by the light of big bonfires, where large quantities of beef were roasted which after were distributed to people. Florence at the time of the Medici was an important crossroads where you could meet travellers coming from all over the world, so it is said that on the occasion of San Lorenzo were present some English cavaliers who were offered the roasted meat on the fires.They named it in their language beef steak, referring to the part of meat they were eating. From here language tradition created the word bistecca (beefsteak) that has come down to our days.