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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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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

I’ve lived in Italy for the past 12 years and during this time have traveled extensively throughout the country. Needless to say, I’ve eaten in many Italian restaurants and I can assure you that I can spot a tourist trap. A few years ago, I...More

Thank Eric M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent menu choices, attentive staff and wonderful wine list. Interior of the restaurant is beautiful.

Thank Katelewis97
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some of the dishes we ordered were merely edible some not great at all (undercooked bacon and a steak drowning in overpowering balsamic sauce). Our waiter was very aggressive in his wine selling approach (he could only recommend the 100euro bottles! We unfortunately fell for...More

Thank VickySW1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner for 3, superior wine list, food is totally amazing! classic Italian cuisine mixed with vanguard style. No doubt is the best restaurant in Firenze. Loved the decoration, lovely atmosphere, romantic, classic, friendly waiters. not expensive for the food quality...

Thank Felipe R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a quaint Italian restaurant with a charming atmosphere. There are old fashioned candles on every table and the wait staff was very attentive to our every need. The complimentary glass of Proseco to start was a nice touch and the wine decanting process...More

Thank Bernadette R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant had come highly recommended and we were not disappointed. Very authentic atmosphere, friendly service, and excellent food. Definitely lived up to the billing.

Thank aztec23
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very romantic and cozy restaurant. Also the food is SO good! Excellent service as well. Must go for dinner!

Thank Thais D
Reviewed 7 February 2018

La Gostra is one of our favorite Florence restaurants. The restaurant is housed in the building once used to store the original Carousel from Piazza della Repubblica. The ambiance is wonderful and the food very good. A glass of complimentary Prosecco as well as a...More

Thank Charlie G
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

I don't know why people give this place 5 stars. I am a huge foodie, I have been to thousands of restaurants, and I can wholeheartedly tell you that this place is totally totally totally certainly and unwaveringly average. The decor is fun and the...More

2  Thank Max W
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is very popular with the American college crowd, but it is an iconic standout in Florence. The stand out dishes are the pear ravioli, the amazing burrata and the refreshing zucchini carpaccio. The also provide complimentary limoncello and appetizers.

Thank Nancyhak
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11 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
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!
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
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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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