I would highly recommend the CZ 75 if it felt comfortable in your hands.
I agree. My CZ-75B in 9mm is noticably softer shooting than either a Sprinfield XD, Glock 17 or 19. Very, very mild recoil. If you like how the CZ feels, you might also look at the Sig P226 in 9mm. I believe they are all steel as well, I'm not up on Sigs.