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Strip Steaks with Spicy Tomato-Basil Sauce (Steak Pizzaiola)

4 to 6 Servings

45 minutes

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As its name suggests, the Italian classic bistecca alla pizzaiola pairs a meaty steak with the sort of tomato sauce that might typically be used on pizza. There are many ways to prepare the dish, but we keep ours simple and perfect for a weeknight meal. We make a sauce with canned tomatoes, add some punchiness with garlic and pepper flakes, and kick up the umami quotient with a few anchovy fillets (don’t worry, the sauce won’t taste fishy). We then sear a couple strip steaks, slice and sauce them, then finish the dish with torn fresh basil and fruity olive oil. Serve with thick slices of warm, crusty bread to dip in the sauce.

4 to 6



Don’t use extra-virgin olive oil to sear the steaks; its smoke point is too low. Use grapeseed or another neutral oil to achieve a deep sear and to avoid the off flavor of overheated olive oil.

45 minutes


  • 1

    tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve

  • 2

    medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced


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Amy G.
August 30, 2022
Quick and tasty
This sauce made for a quick and easy lunch that really punched up the skirt steak. Definitely will make this again! Milk Street never steers me wrong.