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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” (155 reviews)
“antipasti” (138 reviews)
“tiramisu” (121 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 AM - 11:59 PMAll hours
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Borgo Pinti 10/18/R, 50121, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 4 days ago

One of my friends aunt treated us to this restaurant while we were in Florence and it was so good. Some of the best food I ate in my entire trip in Italy. The beef cacciatore as an appetizer was so good and I got...More

Thank Haley H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having read the positive TA reviews my wife and I decided to have our wedding anniversary at the Giostra. On arrival greeted with a glass of champagne and a delicious selection canapes on the house. Ordered an excellent bottle of Barolo - our waiter performed...More

Thank Julian K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I booked a table on recommendation and positive reviews on tripadvisor. We were really looking forward to it as all reviews were impressive and photos of the food looked amazing. We arrived on time and shown to our table which was so...More

Thank amanda l
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I chose here for our anniversary dinner. Candle lit, romantic. Just wonderful. The history of the restaurant is hand written in English in the menu which is hand written all in Italian. Love that. I had the pear and Gorgonzola ravioli, my...More

Thank Rosslonic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere is enchanting and very unique. The entire restaurant is candle lit by taper candles with twinkle type lights throughout. The service was great and the server was terrific with providing recommendations, however I felt the experience was a little too rushed. Maybe this...More

Thank tchenry2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are two dining rooms. We arrived at the one on the right and were walked outside to the one a door down the street to the left. You walk in, and the place is almost magical. All of the chairs at the tables near...More

Thank Chillbilly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister who went to university in Florence recommended me this place and said it is a must go. So when my boyfriend and I visited Florence for 5 days, we ended up having 3 dinners here! Everything was superb, the staff were friendly and...More

Thank maik494
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

100 % recommended. A must do it in Florence. We tried a few restaurants but La Giostra was the best in our trip. Nice ambient, yummy food ( bistecca ), great service and reasonable price.

Thank LEMB1971
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Over many years this restaurant IS Florence for us . Don't bother thinking about going to la giostra - if in Florence it is just GIVEN that you visit at least once in your stay. Best menu selection best ambience and naturally the best food.

Thank Rod L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recently went to visit my daughter in Italy and she really wanted to eat here. She said it is always full so I made reservations online...very easy. It was worth it! The atmosphere is amazing! Twinkle lights on the ceiling..my favorite! The food was delicious!!...More

Thank crzyrner
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10 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
25 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!
10 August 2016|
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Response from Dash S | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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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