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Grilled Piedmontese Tagliata with Charred Romaine Hearts

Loreto June 10, 2016

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[This post is sponsored by the Italian Center Shop. We have been compensated for this post, but all opinions are our own.]

Grilled Piedmontese tagliata, super tender, melt in your mouth good with flavors of melted herb butter, accompanied by romaine hearts slightly charred and fresh and with hints of balsamic glaze. What better way to show fathers out there how much we appreciate them than with this recipe? Happy Father’s Day!

Grilled Piedmontese Tagliata with Charred Romaine Hearts

Some months ago we were  asked by the Italian Center Shop to develop few recipes for them. After much thought and deliberation Nicoletta and I picked Ten and The Marketing Team at the Italian Center Shop chose three, to be featured on their monthly newsletter, and this Grilled Piedmontese Tagliata with Charred Romaine Hearts is the first to be featured.



Father’s day is upon us and if you are looking for a great meal to make for dad, I think we have an idea. Warm temperatures are starting to prevail our spring days and with that, barbecues are fired up and raring to go. There is nothing like the smell of a good steak grilling on a hot, hot grill. That smoky charring caramelized juicy smell that brings you to crave a nice grilled  steak. Well we have the perfect Piedmontese beef steak for you. Today we have prepared a  rib eye beef steak given to us by the Italian Center, and produced by Messinger Meats right here in Alberta.

The thing about this beef is, it is organic, the cows are grass fed, and also treated in the kindest, loving and humane way. You may say what difference does that make? It makes a huge difference. No chemicals or hormones to taint the meat, loving and caring to promote a healthy environment for the cows, and a cattle imported from northern Italy from the region of Piemonte, a place where good quality beef is the norm.

Grilled Piedmontese Tagliata with Charred Romaine Hearts

Fire up the BBQ to grill this Piedmontese Tagliata!

Today, we are going to make a Grilled Piedmontese Tagliata with Charred Romaine Hearts. The beef, beautifully marinated in some herbs, garlic and spices, a little red wine and left in the fridge to absorb all those flavors over night. One thing that you have to remember is that grilling a good steak demands a hot grill. Also a steak should only be turned once. Our method is to put the steak on the barbecue till the grill marks are formed, rotate it 180 degrees to make the cross hatches, then turn it over and do the same for the other side. The best way to eat this meat is medium rare to medium. This ensures the tenderness and juiciness of this product.  I always press my finger into the center of the meat, if it feels a bit soft and plump that usually tells me that I am at a medium rare state with this piedmontese rib eye.  Another important factor is that after the steak is cooked leave it to rest for a bit, what this does is it relaxes the meat allowing the juices to go back into the strands of the steak and when you cut into it you will not lose all of that juicy goodness. With this steak we have made an herb butter put on right after the rib eye comes off the grill, adding that buttery rosemary, sage, oregano, garlic goodness, elevates an already amazing steak to new levels. Bite after bite you experience the wonderful flavor, and tenderness, so tender it melts in your mouth tantalizing your taste buds with all those distinct tastes, and the juices oh those juices, lip smacking good!

The romaine hearts are so easily done with olive oil, sea salt and pepper, a nice shaving of grana padano.  Grilled ever so slightly allowing only a little charring to occur. The taste is amazing, bits of that leafy green juicy freshness combined with the briny sea salt, a kick from the fresh cracked pepper, that oh so nice aged pungent flavor of the grana, and most of all a bit of smokiness from the grill. Bite after bite this medley appears and has you wanting more and more.

Grilled Piedmontese Tagliata with Charred Romaine Hearts

This Grilled Piedmontese Tagliata with Charred Romaine Hearts dish is perfect for that backyard barbecue spring meal with family or friends. So next time you are at The Italian Center, check out the meat section and give Piedmontese beef a try.

Buon Appetito!

Song of the day: “On Call” by Kings of Leon.

Charbroiled Piedmontese beef tagliata

Grilled Piedmontese Tagliata with Charred Romaine Hearts

  • Prep Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



  • 10 oz Piedmontese rib eye steak
  • 2 tablespoons Bonelli extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 2 fresh leaves international herbs sage chopped
  • 2 sprigs of international herbs thyme
  • 2 fresh leaves of basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon international herbs rosemary chopped
  • 1 table spoon fresh Italian flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Krinos dried mountain oregano
  • 1 teaspoon each of fresh cracked Mediterranean sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red wine (anything you have would be fine)

Herb Butter:

  • ½ cup Saputo salted butter softened
  • 2 leaves of fresh International herbs sage chopped
  • 2 sprigs of fresh international herbs thyme chopped
  • 2 leaves fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh international herbs rosemary chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf Italian parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Krinos dried mountain oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic minced fine


  • 1 romaine heart washed and dried
  • 2 table spoons Bonelli extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked Mediterranean sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup of shaved Grana Padano cheese
  • 1 table spoon Monari Federzoni Glaze with Balsamic vinegar of Modena



  1. In a bowl blend olive oil, sage, thyme, basil, rosemary, oregano, parsley, lemon, red wine, juice, salt, pepper.
  2. Place rib eye into bowl and coat well with marinating mixture.
  3. Leave in bowl and cover with plastic wrap, and place in fridge overnight.

Herb Butter:

  1. Place softened butter into a bowl, sprinkle in sage, thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, parsley, garlic, onion powder, paprika, and pepper.
  2. Mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Scoop mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap using the plastic wrap to shape the butter into a roll then flatten each side so that it looks like a rectangular block.
  4. Place in freezer over night.

Romaine hearts:

  1. Take romaine heart and cut into quarters, making sure to keep the root stalk in tack as this will keep it together.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.


  1. Pre heat barbecue to 450-500 F
  2. Place steak on grill for about 2 minutes then turn 180 degrees and place on a different part of the grill, cook for another 2 minutes. Turn steak over and do the same on this side.
  3. By moving the steak to fresher parts of the grill it forms the grill marks better as those parts of the grill are nice and hot and free of the juices.
  4. For a medium to medium rare steak I check the density of the steak with my finger. It should feel like the part on your hand in between your thumb and first finger relaxed.
  5. Take herb butter out of the freezer.
  6. Take steak off grill and shave a few pieces of the herb butter you made on top and let rest for about 3-4 minutes.

Romaine hearts:

  1. While steak is at its final few minutes of cooking place romaine hearts on grill cooking for about 3 minutes, turning only once till you see some nice charring occurring.
  2. Take off grill and set aside


  1. Cut steak into ¼ inch pieces cutting along the grain.
  2. Place on plate.
  3. Take the grilled romaine heart and place on the plate.
  4. Drizzle some olive oil over the steak and romaine.
  5. Drizzle some of the balsamic cream onto romaine heart.
  6. Sprinkle the shaved Grana Padano onto the romaine.
  7. Ready to serve.


There is the initial 8 hours or marination time for the steak in the prep time.

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    Reply Markus Mueller June 10, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I’m a sucker for Italian food and this has “dinner” written all over it!! Looks so good, I can’t wait to try the marinade!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 11, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Hi Markus, you are so right so many childhood memories in an Italian family, cooking steak on an open wood fire. I have the great opportunity to visit Italy thanks to Nicoletta and taste the products of different regions, and man they are so good keeps me lingering for more trips. definitely try the marinade it is fantastic I am not saying that because I made it It truly is so flavorful. Any pieces of steak left over in this house don’t last long. Thank you for your wonderful comment.
      Have a great day!

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    Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche June 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    this is beautiful! i love the photos. so perfect for summer too. i really wish it was hot here in australia – so i could justify barbecuing!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 11, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Hi Thalia, I am so grateful for your lovely comment. I am not going to take credit for the photos, that was my lovely wife Nicoletta. As for the recipe had so much fun developing it for the Italian center shop. This is the part that I love so much being creative and better yet making something and watching people enjoying it and feeling especially taken care of. I would not let a little cold stop you from firing up that bbq. I have been known to be in the back yard middle of winter and – mid 20’s temperature, lol.
      Have a beautiful weekend and happy grilling!

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    Reply Sean June 10, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    WOW. Love it love it love it. This looks absolutely fantastic. I seriously want this right now. The grilled romaine hearts look perfect alongside the steak (I wish more people would do that with lettuce). I also love how the same herbs are being used in a number of places to draw all of the flavours together. Beautiful stuff you guys.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 11, 2016 at 7:13 am

      Hi Sean, thank you as always for the great comment. I love using herbs, although sometimes I really want to taste the simplicity of the beef and where it came from. But in this case the herbed butter and the ribeye marinated was so tasty and elevated in taste profile. Plus it was super juicy and tender, love when you bite into the steak and the juices just fall into your mouth and the meat just melts, its making me want it right now too!
      Have a great weekend!

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    Reply Hilary June 11, 2016 at 6:31 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. I have been meaning to try grilled romaine hearts, and you’ve convinced me that it needs to happen soon!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 11, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Hi Hillary,thank you. I had a good friend bring me into the fold of grilled romaine hearts and ever since look forward to it. The amazing smokiness combined with the freshness from the insides, add in a little sea salt olive oil and cracked pepper and you have a winner in my eyes. I am excited for you to try, would love to hear your feed back on your experience with it.
      Happy grilling and have a wonderful weekend!

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    Reply Demeter | Beaming Baker June 13, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Congrats, Nicoletta and Loreto, on your partnership with Italian Center Shop! 🙂 Love that you two created so many recipes for this! Looking forward to seeing all of them. So great that you two will be creating ones for their newsletter as well. 🙂 Beautiful photos as always. Loving the sound of charred romaine hearts. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 13, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Demeter, thank you for your encouraging words. This food blogging thing is a lot of work and sometimes with little reward other than what we give ourselves positively but we trek on and hope for the best. As far as the romaine hearts you gotta try these, they are so so good and a great accompaniment for anything grilled.
      Have a great week also.

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    Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After June 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Beautiful post and beautiful recipe Loreto! Yum! I swear I wish that steak was in front of me right now so I could eat it 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Hi Karrie
      I know that feeling, or how about when your neighbor is grilling up a steak and that smell wafts into your yard. Mouth watering craving a nice bite of it. I would ring their doorbell run around back and take the steak, lol then rant and rave chasing an imaginary cat from the yard who supposedly stole the steak, lol. What a creative mind Eh! Thank you for your beautiful comment always a smile maker.
      Have a wonderful weekend get some steak and fire up the BBQ!

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