Ode to My Hubby – Fileno al Mirtillo

My hubby’s 28th birthday was yesterday, so I decided to write a post dedicated to him!

(Florence = our home for 6 months and the place where we would become engaged 4 years later!)

My hubby and I met in Florence, Italy while studying abroad.  My friends were convinced that I would meet an Italian man, fall in love, and never return to the States again.  Well, I did meet an Italian (American) man and did fall in love, but did end up returning to the States.  Meeting someone in Italy was a surreal experience and we have so many memories of so many incredible places that we traveled to.

(Hiking through Cinque Terra)Ios, Greece (We look so young – we were only 21 here!)


Because my hubby loves steak and because he missed out on eating fillet mignon with blueberry sauce (Fileno al Mirtillo) at one of the best restaurants in Florence (Acqua al Due), I decided to recreate this dish for his birthday.  The first time I had this dish, it was amazing to say the least.  The flavors were so unique and the meat was so tender.  I’m not sure how Acqua al Due cooks their steak, but I pan-seared mine since this is how we generally like to eat steak.  I also made some awesome sides that I’ll be posting soon.

In other news, I decided to take on Rosy & Tart’s 10 with 5 Challenge.  They’ve challenged fellow food bloggers to create 10 dishes using only 5 ingredients (salt and pepper excluded thankfully) in 1 month.  I thought this would be a fun challenge for me to take on since very few of my recipes have 5 ingredients or less.  But let’s face it, we’re all super busy and lead hectic lives so why shouldn’t we create simple, but delicious dishes with as few ingredients as possible?  Well, this blueberry sauce is my first 5-or-less recipe of the challenge.  Enjoy!


  • 6 ounces fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp yellow onion (or shallots), finely diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage, finely diced
  • 2 fillet mignons
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (since this is to coat the pan and not added to the recipe, it doesn’t count as an ingredient)
  • salt & pepper, to season


  1. Season the steaks on both sides with salt and fresh ground pepper.
  2. Heat heavy large skillet over high heat. Add steaks to hot dry skillet and cook about 4 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, add the oil to another saute pan and heat over medium-high.
  4. Add onions and saute for 1 minute.
  5. Add blueberries and saute for 2 minutes.
  6. Add balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil.  Cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the fresh sage and simmer for 5 more minutes on low.
  8. Unwrap steaks from aluminum foil and spoon blueberry sauce while still hot.  Serve immediately.

*Yield: 2 fillet mignons



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25 responses to “Ode to My Hubby – Fileno al Mirtillo

  1. Chubby Hubby

    The steak was absolutely perfectly cooked. I’ve eaten at the finest steakhouses and I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a steak more than this one. The crust was seared beautifully, providing a nice contrast to the melt in your mouth red center of the steak. The blueberry sauce was a perfect complement. The reduction takes away some of the tartness of the blueberries, leaving a nice complement to the steak. My wife also bought a bottle of Chianti (my favorite) and this was the perfect pairing. There’s a reason Italians are known for their food and wine and why Acua al Due is so popular. Although after having my wife’s version, I’m content to stay on this side of the Atlantic!

  2. Aww Happy Birthday Dan! Love all the pics you posted!

  3. I Love your pictures from Italy! Super thoughtful of you to re-create this special birthday dish for your hubby 🙂

    PS–Gelato in Italy is one of the best parts, isn’t it?! I’ve only visited once for one week, but I had a cup of gelato every day I was there 🙂

  4. Lovely story! Beautiful pictures!
    Lucky hubby…he gets to eat such a beautiful meal made by his beautiful bride! Happy Birthday!

  5. i really love your pictures:) they are so gorgeous!

  6. That looks awesome. I’ll have to give it a try.

  7. This looks and sounds amazing! What beautiful photos you guys have from your courtship in Europe! I’m sure you’ve got amazing memories to match! I’m glad you get to re live some of them through food!

  8. This looks absolutely wonderful!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind comment!

  9. What a great post! That steak looks killer, love the photos!

  10. OH, I just love you guys!!!!

  11. Yea! Happy birthday to your husband! I love your pictures of Italy. My husband and I traveled there a few years ago and spent a month backpacking all around. I loved the Cinque Terra, it was so beautiful there. I can only imagine how amazing it must have been to live there for 6 months. 🙂 Your filet with blueberry sauce looks delicious, I definitely need to make this! 🙂

  12. What a unique flavor combination. It sounds really tasty.

  13. Such a great story and what a wonderful recipe! I have had many things on my steak, but never blueberries. I will be trying this soon. Thanks!

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  15. I love reading your story and happy birthday to your husband!

  16. Lydia Buza

    Hi Kara – You are BEAUTIFUL – and the steak looks and sounds DELISCIOSO-
    Great hearing from you and thanks for the beautiful pictures. Have a great day and I love you lots – Lydia

  17. What a wonderful love story. It really gives you a whole new perspective on food & culture when you have lived abroad (and a deep appreciation as well). Love your recipes!

  18. Wasn’t the Cinque Terra just amazing.

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