Arista is a classic Tuscan dish. The legend suggests that the name of the dish originates in the fifteenth century, when the Patriarch of Costantinopole visited the palace of the Medici where was served with the previously mentioned delicacy. The Patriarch exclaimed "Aristos!", which in translation from the greek language means "excellent".
The recipe of the arista includes pork loin with bones, sage, rosemary, bay leaves, garlic cloves, fennel seeds, extra virgin olive oil, salt and ground pepper.
The meat has to be pierced in several places and the holes have to be filled with the mixture made of the rest of the ingredients. The dish is roasted in the oven for approximately one and a half hours. The best way to serve arista is with potatoes or/and vegetable salad.
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