Marsala is a coastal town in the westernmost part of Sicily, just off the toe of Italy’s boot. Known for its namesake fortified wine, it’s also home to Stagnone Nature Reserve. The unique ecosystem of salt flats here provides an incredible landscape of rare beauty. Spend the day watching migratory birds, kite surfing, and sailing. End the day at restaurant Mamma Caura. Grab a seat on its large panoramic terrace that faces the lagoon and salt flats. As you sip a glass of local wine, you will witness one of the most colorful sunsets in the world.
- In the morning, season steaks liberally with salt and pepper. Place on a cooling rack in the refrigerator to airbrine.
In the evening:
- Preheat oven to 400°F and remove steaks from refrigerator.
- Warm 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Cut the dandelion greens into 3-inch pieces. Add them to the pan along with the garlic. Sauté until the greens are tender, about 8 minutes. Add the chili flakes, and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
- Warm a cast-iron pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter. Sear the steaks 3 minutes on each side. Transfer pan to the oven and cook until beef has reached 145°F for medium, about 6 minutes. Transfer beef to a cutting board. Let steaks rest while you make the sauce.
- Add the mushrooms to the drippings in the cast-iron pan over medium heat. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the Marsala and bring to a boil for 1 minute to burn off the alcohol. Stir in the heavy cream and beef broth. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Use a sharp knife to slice the ribeye steaks. Serve with the Marsala sauce and sautéed greens.