This is the Italian version of pot roast. Eye of the round is a very lean cut of beef, which means it’s dry. To accommodate this natural dryness, we cook the roast in liquid and then make vegetable gravy. This way, the roast is moist and still low-fat.
Make 6 large slits in:
Heavily salt and pepper each slit and shove in:
Then salt and pepper the roast all over.
In a Dutch oven, fry (sear) roast in:
Fry for 10-15 minutes, turning from time to time, until the outside is crusty. Then add:
Cover and simmer on low heat for 2-2½ hours (even longer if your roast is bigger). The meat should be cooked well done all the way through.
When done, remove roast and let cool. Leave vegetables in pot to also cool. When everything is cool, slice the meat into thin slices and strain the vegetables (reserving broth). Throw out half (or all) the celery and blend the remaining vegetables with the broth to make your gravy.
In a large frying pan, arrange a layer of gravy, a layer of meat, another layer of gravy, the remaining meat, and then the rest of the gravy. Season with salt and pepper.
Simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes before serving. It should melt in your mouth.