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La Giostra

#149 of 2,062 Restaurants in Florence
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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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Mon - Fri 13:00 - 14:30
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Baldwin, New York
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I went to La Giostra and had one of the best meals of our lives . The service and food were incredible. We highly recommend.

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1 Thank Brian W
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are in Florence and want a truly Italian experience then LaGiosta is the place ,warm welcome free prosecco while you are looking at menu ,our waiter talked us through the very Italian menu which was great . After ordering a plate or complementary hors d;d'oe uvres.Food and atmosphere was great really good evening truly Italian.

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Thank rodger U
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My first visit in 2007 was my favorite I must admit...maybe because the first time is the best. I have been twice since then with my most recent visit being this past March. The ambience is great, the wait staff very attentive and friendly, and the food was yet again amazing. I would certainly recommend to fellow travelers. A reservation... More 

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Thank Beth O
Beverly Hills, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a do not miss in Florence....incredible atmosphere for everyone! From romantic to enjoying your friends and family it's a must! Complimentary Prosecco when you arrive. Fantastic food -appetizer bruschetta and don't miss out the gorgonzola gnocchi. Too full for desert but limoncello was on the house! Great staff and service all around.

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Thank KatieTib
New York City, New York
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came to La Giostra to celebrate a birthday and enjoyed every moment. We were a party of 8 and made reservations (we even ran a bit late and the staff was extremely accommodating and assured us that our table would be ready even though it was a busy Saturday night). The ambiance of La Giostra coupled with the history... More 

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Thank sivancohen55
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went to La Giostra for my birthday and I must say it was an amazing experience. Staff was amazing and very helpful. The food was mouthwatering. The best food I've ever had.

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Thank Janetta G
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Yes, it seems like an authentic Italian trattoria at first glance (decor, low lighting, candles) but it's full of tourists and I heard more English here than my entire two weeks in Italy. The authenticity felt very "put on" and forced. They keep the restaurant very warm, and tables are so close together that you can follow many conversations very... More 

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Thank Christy N
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good food, had the Burrata (the best I've ever had) gnocchi with gorgonzola as staters, melt in your mouth. Main was also decilicious. A MUST try when in Florence

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Thank mariz848
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited La Giostra with high hopes on our first evening in Florence; it had been recommended by friends, our hotel, and online reviews. The welcoming prosecco was nice, but the meal was uneven from there. While I appreciate that we were given a complimentary antipasti, it was not brought out until after we'd ordered another appetizer, which made me... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was recommended this place by two folks nearly the same day, who don't know each other at all. Must have been a sign to go and we did! Wow! It was a perfect place for our final meal in Florence. Nice, cozy ambiance with low lighting and candles for an intimate experience. Gotta love a free antipasto plate to... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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