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La Giostra

#150 of 2,062 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
££££
Neighbourhood:
Duomo
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Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R, 50121, Florence, Italy
+39 055 241341
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19:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 13:00 - 14:30
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food in this restaurant is incredible. Only little problem is the time you have to wait before having a table, even if you booked. But the service is nice!

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Thank Marie B
Congers, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

3 people recommended this restaurant for my husband and I to try while visiting Florence in February 2017. This restaurant was absolutely delicious!!!! We started off with an adorable complimentary sampler and prosecco! We ordered the buratta, it was fantastic! We both had delicious meals! The pear and pecorino ravioli was one of my favorite meals of my life! Finally,... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A Restaurant that looks Italien and the Food is Italien. We think it is a Hot Spot to have Dinner there. The Staff is very friendly, greetings to the Hungarian waitress.

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Boston, MA
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So we LOVE this place. We have now had dinner there 5 times since 2007 (two this past January trip), and each was terrific. From the complimentary prosecco & appetizer plate, to the twinkly-light ceiling, to the gracious and friendly service we have received on each & every visit. And to the wonderful food. We love the vibe, we love... More 

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Connecticut
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is just so delicious and the service very attentive. This is a classic go to restaurant. It is very small and the decor eclectic. We enjoy it overtime. You won't go home hungry.

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Thank Golfergal
Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be sure to make reservations well in advance- you won't want to miss dining at this incredible restaurant. The photos of celebrities on the walls are a testament to the excellent food, wine, atmosphere and service you are guaranteed to experience. We paired our dinner with the most fabulous Amarone and topped it off with amazing rice ice cream for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing and delicious ! One of my friends recommended us this restaurant for our first visit in Florence and we just found it perfect ! My own advice: have the spaghetti à la vongole ;) Congrats and hope to see you again !

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a very gastronomic place. A taste location that one must visit in Florance. We were there with the famil and everbody was happy.

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Roeselare, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I rarely write a review, but this one I owe to the owner of la Giostra, as he really put an added value to our trip in Firenze. We are Italian food-lovers, so Italy is one of our favourite destinations. We like to go to restaurants where all Italians go and where they serve honest quality food – not the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pasta Carbonara with shaved truffles- to die for. The entree with zucchini and eggplant was also incredible.....

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
19:00 - 00:00
Monday
19:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 14:30
Tuesday
19:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 14:30
Wednesday
19:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 14:30
Thursday
19:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 14:30
Friday
19:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 14:30
Saturday
19:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R, 50121, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Duomo
  • Neighbourhood: Duomo
  • Phone Number: +39 055 241341
Description
Twenty years ago, the Hapsburg Lorena princes decided to open a restaurant in Florence: La Giostra. The new of a noble family managing with dishes and napkins made headlines, but it was not a surprise to everyone. The friends who were accustomed to gathering around the table of the prince at the castle of Barberino Val d'Elsa, in Chianti, had often suggested him to do that. The restaurants that were supplied with olive oil, wine and other products of the family estate had always been feared of the idea ,as many of their best recipes they had drawn from the Prince own mouth.The son Soldano personally supervises the cellar, and he knew that passion would eventually infect and involve it in a full time job. The passion started in Vienna, when the grandmother used to takie the nephew in the kitchens of the castle -and the servants away-, showing him a "big magic": the sourdough of kraphens.. A fantastic spell that charmed the young prince, destined for a life to browse old manuscripts of recipes, anecdotes, and suggestions to prepare the traditional dishes of the Hapsburg Lorraine's.."The sciences are not as Minerva came all armed from the brain of Jupiter, are the daughters of time", here is the secret of La Giostra. We expect a typical kitchen and you will taste new flavors, ancient hundreds of years. The flavors of a Tuscany Lost, when still the place ,where the restaurant is now located, covered by arches sixteenth century in red brick hosted the tournament in Piazza Salvemini, that is the reason of the name . Where shiny horses rested, today there are just sixteen tables, at which sit couples in love, beautiful women, celebrity guests, sometimes entire theater companies ... All united by the love for good food and the pleasure of a refined hospitality: in a "homley", home, warm and informal.. Merit of the prince's son, first of all. Merit of flattering reviews from the specialized press. Merit of the historic chef Ubaldo Tonarelli, Florentine doc who is now joined by a number of new talents. Merit of Liliana, who every morning kneads pappardelle noodles and ravioli, bolognese style, with all the freshness of the ingredients freshly picked. A 'merry band of dispensers of joy ... "Because food is necessary and choosing is a privilege, but cooking is art".

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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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