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La fettina

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for la fettina by Rita Macali from Supermaxi restaurant in Melbourne.

By Rita Macali
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 5 mins cooking plus resting
  • Serves 6
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La fettina
“La fettina is quick and easy but packed full of flavour. It’s served here with a simple side of sautéed greens.”


  • 6 Scotch fillet steaks (about 150gm each)
  • 60 gm butter, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp each sage and rosemary, finely chopped
  • 80 ml olive oil (1/3 cup)
  • 12 thin slices Asiago d’Allevo (about 300gm; see note)
  • 1 bunch each of chicory and silverbeet, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • For drizzling: extra-virgin olive oil


  • 1
    Pound each steak between two pieces of plastic wrap with a meat mallet to 5mm thick, set aside until required.
  • 2
    Combine butter and herbs in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir until melted, season to taste, set aside and keep warm.
  • 3
    Preheat a char-grill over high heat, drizzle steak with half the olive oil, season to taste and grill, turning once, until cooked to your liking (3-5 minutes for medium-rare). Top each with two slices of Asiago d’Allevo, set aside to rest and keep warm.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, blanch chicory and silverbeet in batches in boiling salted water until tender and bright green (2-3 minutes; see cook’s notes p186), drain well. Heat remaining olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat, add garlic, sauté until fragrant (20-30 seconds), add greens, sauté until hot and season to taste. Serve hot with steak and melted herb butter.


Asiago d’Allevo is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese available from select delicatessens.
This recipe is from the August 2010 issue of

  • Author: Rita Macali