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Ristorante La Giostra

Borgo Pinti 10/18/R, 50121, Florence, Italy
+39 055 241341
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“meat ravioli” (157 reviews)
“antipasti” (141 reviews)
“tiramisu” (124 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Borgo Pinti 10/18/R, 50121, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very romantic and cozy restaurant. Also the food is SO good! Excellent service as well. Must go for dinner!

Thank Thais D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Gostra is one of our favorite Florence restaurants. The restaurant is housed in the building once used to store the original Carousel from Piazza della Repubblica. The ambiance is wonderful and the food very good. A glass of complimentary Prosecco as well as a...More

Thank Charlie G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don't know why people give this place 5 stars. I am a huge foodie, I have been to thousands of restaurants, and I can wholeheartedly tell you that this place is totally totally totally certainly and unwaveringly average. The decor is fun and the...More

1  Thank Max W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is very popular with the American college crowd, but it is an iconic standout in Florence. The stand out dishes are the pear ravioli, the amazing burrata and the refreshing zucchini carpaccio. The also provide complimentary limoncello and appetizers.

Thank Nancyhak
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

well, the girlfriend had something to do with it too! had the streak with duck fat, got an angry look from the chef for not eating all of the duck fat and got scared and chowed it down! good food, nice dark atmosphere and good...More

Thank Sam N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here and it was such a pleasure. The staff was great, the atmosphere was cozy and the food was delicious. My children enjoyed it as much as I did. The menu is full and complete and although I only had a glass...More

Thank Chicago_Traveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Soldano the quirky and charming owner was so welcoming and the food more that lived up to our expectations! We visited with our friends who spend a few months in Florence very year and they had been telling us about La Giostra for years. Didn't...More

Thank kkmhotelie
Reviewed 16 January 2018

One of the best meals I had in Florence. The atmosphere is so cozy, warm and inviting. The food was outstanding. I’m not sure if we had a special Christmas menu. The menu is not in English, but with our server’s help, and recommendations, we...More

Thank James F
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Not a good experience 👎 Very expensive, incorrect menu, no traditional touscan food If like the touscan kitchen, and I love it, this place s not the one I asked for "selezione di salumi di cinta" accurate selection of prosciutto and more from a famous...More

Thank Andrea C
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Is it just me or does anyone else find dining in Italy totally overhyped? This restaurant was recommended to me & once again I come out of a restaurant in Italy feeling extremely underwhelmed. The ambience in the restaurant was nice. Good lighting, cosy feel....More

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Barnesms
11 September 2017|
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Response from Dash S | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Open for lunch Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.30
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nancys941
26 September 2016|
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Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
It is a short cab ride or a long walk. It is right around the corner from the Teatro Della Pergola. You should be able to mapquest that and see where it is located. It is a great restaurant, enjoy!
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11 August 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Borgo Pinti 10/18/R, 50121, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence
  • Phone Number: +39 055 241341
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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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