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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” (140 reviews)
“tiramisu” (123 reviews)
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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 10 September 2015

The place is very romantic and dark. The wait staff is amazing! The food is to die for, will never forget this place. The service and food was impeccable. If you are debating on whether to go here or not, I absolutely suggest that you...More

Thank Geri11284
Reviewed 7 September 2015

Great food. Great ambience. The pastas and steak were great. The wine was excellent. The crowd was casual and lively. A real gem.

Thank Barrister85
Reviewed 6 September 2015

Excellent service, fantastic atmosphere, and wonderful owner and staff! My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at La Giostra. The menu is extensive as is the wine list. The owner makes it a point to say hello to all of the guests and we...More

Thank LSW717
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

I took my daughter & her best friend there on Friday night. We reserved otherwise it was impossible to find a table. While we were waiting, they offered us Prosecco on the house. They also brought us a lovely appetizer for free! Food was really...More

Thank Taraneh80
Reviewed 6 September 2015

La Giostra is a small and charming restaurant, lit overhead by many twinkling lights. It feels almost like one is dining in the ground floor of a house, with low ceilings and plaster walls, which give it a lot of ambience. The service is very...More

Thank thewindatourfeet
Reviewed 4 September 2015

We had a great time here. We were a pastry of six, dining at 8:30. I recommend reservations. We had the t bone steak. Too much for two people. The fried zucchini blossoms are a must. We also ordered the asparagus with Parmesan cheese and...More

Thank Gail M
Reviewed 4 September 2015

I have been here twice over a period of years and have never found the food to be very good despite its reputation. The best I can say is that the food is inconsistent. Service is a bit erratic and prices are high.

Thank Polarine
Reviewed 4 September 2015

It was highly recommended but seems to be very trendy and full of mostly Americans. The appetizer was quite good and the main courses were OK but not great.

Thank Bookbuyer
Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

We have been coming to Florence for many years and as foodies we love to eat in Italian restaurants with Italians La Giostra does not appear to be one of these. The food, ambiance and restaurant itself are very nice but the meal was overshadowed...More

Thank IrelandVoyager
Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

I have to give credit to the owner and the staff for the excellent service provided. Menu only in Italian but the owner gave us good recommendations on the dishes and we were happy with our food. Complimentary prosecco and antipasti on the house. Our...More

Thank xinyi0723
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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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Restaurant Details

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