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La Giostra

Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R, 50121, Florence, Italy
+39 055 241341
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“antipasti” (131 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R, 50121, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Most perfect Florentine restaurant. Very cozy and food was phenom. Highlights were pear ravioli, wild boar bolognese, pasta stuffed with burrata and white truffles. Also had veal scallopini and the cheesecake. Couldn't recommend more! Tried to go back again but couldn't get another reservation. Reservation...More

Thank Kaylan H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Unexpected exceptional service and food. We came for lunch...one of the best meals during our 3 weeks in Italy! Greeted with a complimentary glass of procecco and appetizer sampler plate. Wonderful bread, beautiful salad that they split for us. And the pasta was wonderful.

Thank cookmayer
Reviewed 3 days ago

First make sure you have a reservation - it's a small place with lots of authentic character. LaGiostra came highly recommended and totally delivered. We enjoyed the pear ravioli and the balsamic steak. The salad and pasta was also delicious. Put this charming restaurant on...More

Thank MaMooWesternNewYork
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were recommended to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The chef sent out a plate of about 5 small appetizers. The shrimp dishes were both amazing. The shrimp were enormous and cooked to perfection. The pasta was al dented with a fabulous sauce....More

Thank Joanne L
Reviewed 4 days ago

We found this restaurant on accident when my phone GPS somehow brought us to the wrong place, and we were so happy for it! It was booked when we got there, but it looked so cute that we decided to make a reservation for the...More

Thank Nicole A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came in to this restaurant after a local store owner told us this place was really good. Boy were we lied to. First I will say I love Italian food I search for it high and low and I love trying different places. We...More

Thank cinroa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited La Giostra on the recommendation of a friend. It's a pretty restaurant and has plenty of famous people pictured on the walls. The atmosphere is quite nice. Knowing from our accents we were Americans, they immediately threw us in the back of the...More

Thank Johnston O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friends recommended La Giostra. We booked a couple of days in advance, on a girls trip which included our 20yr old daughters. The setting is traditional, intimate, pretty, and it was an experience from the moment we stepped in. The service is superb and the...More

Thank JOBEV
Reviewed 1 week ago

While the food here is some of the best you will encounter in Florence. It is the atmosphere that truly makes it special. You will be made to feel like family if its your first visit or your tenth. I can't wait to return in...More

Thank denste714
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by a friend who has dined here a few times. Reservations a must! Amazing experience from beginning to end. Prosecco and starter given upon arrival. We continued with beef carpaccio, pear & Gorgonzola ravioli and beef in a balsamic reduction. Wonderful wine '10 Brunello,...More

Thank Lisa G
Nearby
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
...More
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Barnesms
11 September 2017|
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Response from Louis L | Reviewed this property |
yes ...open for lunch +39 055 241341
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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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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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
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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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