Giuseppe Verdi’s last opera, which has never been produced, was a seven-hour, three-part epic about chef’s long quest to cook the perfect bistecca fiorentina.

Canto Della Mia Carne Bovina — literally, Song of My Beef — was inspired by Verdi’s obsessive love for the dish and his high regard for Chef Guido Vespacci, about whom Verdi was known to say, “The man puts more passion and love into his steak than I put into my music!”

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