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La Giostra

#139 of 2,029 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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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
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 13:00 - 14:30
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are two rooms at this restaurant and the large one on the left (when you face the place) is where you want to be. The food (meat...) was excellent and perfectly cooked. The person who runs the place (sorry I never got his name...) is an interesting character who couldn't be friendlier. A beautiful evening with my daughter who... More 

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Stow, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visiting our daughter who has been studying abroad in Florence. She heard of this restaurant and wanted to try it out. There was 5 in our party. Absolutely one of the best meal/dining experience I have had! The staff was great and the food was incredible (I had the pecorino and pear ravioli's). Truly a memorable experience!!

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Rome, Italy
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We traveled to Florence to visit our daughter who has been studying abroad there for the past few months. Her description of La Giostra led with "this is the place where Brad Pitt proposed to Angelina Jolie". Anyhow that was enough for us so we went with it. After looking at the pics of the many famous celebs who had... More 

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Medway, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our daughter is studying abroad and wanted to take us to La Giostra, since that is where all the kids go once their parents arrive - too expensive for the college kids. Although we had a reservation, we still had to wait 40 minutes for our table. We were served complementary Prosecco while we waited, which was nice. Once seated... More 

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Typically I don't agree with the masses and am often let down my recommendations of over hyped restaurants. But my opinion could not be more different for La Giostra. Yes this restaurant may be a bit pricy but it is worth every cent. Upon arrival you will relieve a complimentary glass of perseco and and starter plate related to the... More 

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Thank CharlieGambino
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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe a tourist trap but good food and delicious meat dishes. It was that good after I made a reservation for the fist evening - could be necessary - we went back twice.

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Thank Edward D
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been to this restaurant years ago, and was the one place I wanted to ensure to eat at again when I came on honeymoon with my husband because it was delicious food in a wonderfully romantic atmosphere. The owner, a Hapsburg prince, served us and rapid-speed pace can translate the Italian-only menu into many languages. I had delicious... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First of all it is advisable to book a table for dinner.The restaurant gets really full for dinner.The atmosphere is a cozy one, dim lights, candles though it can be a bit crowded.In any case, the food is extraordinary, la bistecca Fiorentina is heavenly and so were the other pasta with cinghiale and the pasta carbonara.Also as a dessert I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

La Giostra was recommended by a friend and we were delighted. The atmosphere is casual and cozy. The staff were friendly and helpful with suggestions. Extra appetizers were given to entice us. Meals we ordered were delicious. Risotto with truffles was outstanding. We'd go back again!

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Scottsdale
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our daughters friend spent a semester in Florence and this was one of two restaurants we were told was a must visit. We were not disappointed. Great service, great food and one of the best bottles of wine in all of Tuscany. I'm a sucker for Barolo though.......

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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
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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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