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L'Osteria di Giovanni

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Via del Moro 22, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 284897
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19:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 14:00
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is really worth seeking out. Just away from the main tourist squares, L'Osteria di Giovanni has a nice balance of tourists and locals. Wine is reasonably priced for Florence and the food also. Service is up there with the best.

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Thank DavidandAbigail
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited L'Osteria di Giovanni for my husband's birthday. We tried the Bistecca alla Fiorentina (cooked very rare the traditional way), roasted potatoes, bread and vegetable soup, artichoke salad, and lemon cake. Plus we had the complimentary Prosecco, fried bread, and dessert wine. This was seriously the best meal I have had in my entire life. Every bite was ludicrously... More 

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Thank Stephanie G
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

We love our food being described as "ludicrously delicious"! Thank you. And thank you too for trusting us and going for a super-rare steak. We appreciate the little bit of "stepping out of the comfort zone" to do that - we need that 99 times out of 100 people are happy with their decision! Come back soon and we can... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an excellent dinner tonight at this great restaurant in the heart of Florence. We didn't make a reservation - just showed up at around 8PM and the restaurant accomodated us. They sat us in the wine cellar downstairs - which ended up being a fun experience. Vaulted brick ceiling - intimate surroundings - hundreds and hundreds of bottles... More 

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Thank Arturmaks
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

So pleased that you loved our cellar - somewhat quieter than the controlled-rowdiness that can take place in the main dining rooms! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment here; as ever we appreciate it so much. We hope to be able to welcome you back one day - there are lots of things to try! More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First they bring you a fry bread...just incredible, really tasty!. We order the raviolis with porcini and truffle(really good) and the bistecca alla florentina...WOW!! Just amazing...when you try it, it feels a little bit unsalted BUT NOO, just wait and try it with the potatoes on the side...perfection! And totally worth the price.

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Thank Laura G
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

There is nothing we appreciate more than someone prepared to make the little extra effort to sit back and "let their food speak"! Sometimes cuisine different from your own takes a little understanding, and making the effort can bring some very rewarding flavours! We are super-happy you had a great time with us - come back one day! More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place! We didn't book table, but got a place to sit. Would highly recommend to book in advance! Just as we entered we were welcomed by staff. As soon as we sat, we got glass of prosecco and some bread to start with. Which by the way was delicious. Out meal was very good, really tasty. Would go eat... More 

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Thank Kristina M
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Thank you! You are correct that we are not a lower-price restaurant, but we certainly hope that the quality of our ingredients and the service provided is coherent with the experience. Thanks so much! More 

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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food (nice reco from the staff for a stuffed rabitt - a sort of rulade). Fast service considering the place was crowded.

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Thank Pracovian
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed it. Rabbit is a very Tuscan dish, so well done for trying that! More 

Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was incredible! Every thing we ordered was delicious! Especially the roasted pork, the mushroom ravioli with truffle, the filet mignon, and the warm lemon cake with gelato. The staff and owners went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I was so impressed with the personal attention we got from the whole team. Giovanni and Catarina... More 

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Thank govergator
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Aw shucks ..... Thank you and thank you. We will be sharing this with all the team, because we certainly don't pull this off by ourselves! We take it as a real compliment from people who dine out often (and therefore understand that total constant perfection is really a kind of utopia that won't happen - we too occasionally get... More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here after seeing fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor - and safe to say we were not disappointed. I was a bit dubious as when we went in the front of the restaurant it seemed a bit small, but as we were shown to our seats, we realised how large the restaurant was - and how busy at 7.30pm!... More 

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Thank Rebecca S
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Eating in Italy is a very social occasion. Generally lots of noise, chatting with waiters and neighbouring tables and a little bit of confusion! Thank you for taking part. It makes our day when people from outside our culture join in! We are indeed bigger than first appears! We have the luxury of 4 dining areas on the ground floor... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to visit L'Osteria di Giovanni after finding it via TripAdvisor. What swayed my decision was the way in which the negative reviews were responded to by the owner. There will always be a negative review and the way in which these were dealt with showed good customer service and a real passion about the restaurant. We booked a... More 

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Thank Phipps90
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Well, thank you! We respond to all reviews and in all languages (thank you Google Translate!). Our philosophy is really simple. You amazing people take the time to write to us and give us incredible feedback (good and bad!!) that just 10 years ago would have been impossible to have. And we are really very grateful. Lots of it is... More 

London, United Kingdom
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163 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

BOOK! Or be one of the many, many disappointed faces staring through the big window wondering why we were all looking so smug! This place could be a Hollywood film set for the perfect Italian restaurant. bustling staff (though why they wear leopardskin aprons I couldn't work out), the owner (a lovely old man) table hopping to make light conversation... More 

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Thank arnottdavies
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Oh thank you - you made us laugh. How wonderful to read outsider "views" of us - we love it! Leopard skin is an old old silly joke that has somehow grown. A couple of years ago a fabulous regular, foreign (London) client from the fashion industry gifted us some amazing leopard skin braces (UK) suspenders (USA) which some of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$27 - US$108
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
Monday
19:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
19:00 - 22:00
Thursday
19:00 - 22:00
Friday
19:00 - 22:00
Saturday
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via del Moro 22, 50123, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Duomo
  • Neighbourhood: Duomo
  • Phone Number: +39 055 284897
Description
At L’Osteria di Giovanni we not only maintain strict allegiance to traditional Tuscan dishes (including many antique recipes that are not commonly used these days), but we also experiment with new flavours and combinations, whilst remaining faithful to local and season produce. Popular new dishes include smoked duck breast on rocket salad and dressed in balsamic vinaigrette, tortelli stuffed with pear and pecorino, with leek and paprika sauce, pici with sausage and kale, and lamb slow-cooked with artichokes. We stronly believe that your restaurant experience should be unique and satisfying on every front. We look forward to welcoming you one day to L'Osteria di Giovanni.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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