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La Giostra

#149 of 2,064 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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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 13:00 - 14:30
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New York City
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224 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2014

Great Italian meal in Florence. Owner made sure everything was perfect. He was very pleasant and had all sorts of great suggestions for various places to visit around Italy.

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014 via mobile

Having just arrived in Florence that evening we decided to take a short walk - we asked the door man at the hotel what he recommended and he mentioned this place - it's lovely and rustic inside - staff helpful - and the food is simple and clean - so the flavors come out. Great wine selection - a really... More 

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New York City, New York
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184 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014

Big menu, so we asked the waitress to pick for us. It turned out to be a good decision as the food was excellent. Beautiful looking place. Busy place with lots of energy. Highly recommend.

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Fullerton, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2014 via mobile

My husband and I made reservations here on our honeymoon due to the amazing reviews and were not disappointed. We were greeted with a glass of Prosecco while we waited for our table, then we were brought a complimentary starter plate at our table. We had the burrata to start - amazing! For our primi, we ordered a pasta bolognese... More 

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Clarkstown, ny
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22 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2014 via mobile

I will be brief. Had high hopes after reading several reviews. Crowded, loud, packed with American students. Service was mediocre, steak was raw, waiter spilled the wine in the plate of free appetizers. Tables are so close together that the wait staff bumped into our chairs over a dozen times while trying to help other diners. Over priced. So many... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2014

What a riot of a place. If you want sedate, staid, low key...well go someplace else. If you want outstanding food, and some personality, by all means go to La Giostra! The owner looks like he should be touring with the Stones, with bracelets from elbow to wrist, and necklaces one upon the other. He has that Keith Richards/Mick Jagger... More 

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milano
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014 via mobile

Great ambience, this has been a family favorite for a decade now! The food is very very good, especially the pasta dishes! Hard to choose poorly from the extensive menu. Love coming here

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

Make a reservation. Every place else is empty even if it is great. This place is hopping. The complimentary appetizers are out of the world, The food is terrific. The service is first rate. The ambiance is first rate.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014

We received raving recommendations from three different people about this restaurant so our expectations might have been a little too high. The food was good, no doubt and the service was attentive and friendly. We went with another couple and everyone of us enjoyed our food.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2014

The food was delicious and the owner was helpful, friendly and most attentive. All of the staff was excellent. The atmosphere was relaxing and cozy. I would definitely return there on our next trip to Florence

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, 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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