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La Giostra

#140 of 2,053 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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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
13:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 13:00 - 14:30
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San Rafael, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had dinner here with a couple close friends and had a great night. The ambience of the place is classic italian, with good service, great drinks, and fine dining. I can't remember now which dishes we got, but everything we ate was delicious, even by Florentine standards, which is IMHO one of the best in the world.

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greece
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best restaurants I've visited while in Italy!i've already been there three times throughout the last years and I have to say that it's good quality remains unchanged.and these ravioli filled with cheese and pear...just heaven!let alone the bistecca fiorentina!a must visit while in Florence

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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First of all, I will say the atmosphere is very quaint and warm. We made a reservation months in advance and had a table for 15. it was cramped to say the least, but we expected that. Overall the food was good, but several members of my family waited for an hour to get their food, so the rest of... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food was great. The complimentary appetizer and drinks were a bonus. The pasta excellent. And the cheesecake is the best in the world! The entire table wanted to take home a few extra full cakes and visit La Giostra again a few days later just for the unbelievable cheesecake. Also, the owner was very nice and the ambiance and... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you haven't read about this place outside of TA, just google the name and you'll see how popular it is. Coming here is almost a right of passage when you're visiting Florence. The food is what you'd expect from some of the nicer restaurants in the area, with a few standouts (pumpkin ravioli and white truffle tagliatelle being two... More 

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New Jersey
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Celebrated New Years Eve here and had a fantastic meal. It's an expensive restaurant, but worth it. The food was really amazing, and service was great too in a very crowded and cozy spot~

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I always tell people to go to this restaurant when they visit Florence because it's a lovely experience when you go. Myself and my partner just stumbled across this restaurant and we was so lucky to of found it. Its Florence cuisine at its best. Think it has a Michelin star? The ambiance of the restaurant is lovely and there... More 

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Thank Discoqueensophie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In La Giostra they've found how to transform a typical Tuscan dinner into an amazing culinary experience. Even though the pasta dishes with white truffles are a bit pricey you have to try one!! The carbonara with asparagus is also a must!

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Da Lat, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed 4 days in Florence and this was by far the best place we ate at. For our first night we decided to go there as it was next to our hotel and it just seemed convenient. The atmosphere was good, the restaurant was packed and our server was doing a great job at making us feel comfortable. We... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family had Christmas dinner here as a large group. We were given welcome appetizers and a welcome drink when we first sat down. The meal was very good, but there were some problems. Three people in our group had to wait almost until everyone else was completely finished before they got their food. In addition, one of three only... More 

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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
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
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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