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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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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good21%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“meat ravioli” (127 reviews)
“antipasti” (127 reviews)
“osso bucco” (81 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R, 50121, Florence, Italy
Neighbourhood: Duomo
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The first hint is the photos of celebrities on the walls, to give the impression that it is a privilege to eat here. Any celebrity that went must have been served food and seated at a table not available to ordinary people.The second hint is...More

Thank awinkle
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I attended La Giostra last night at about 7:30 PM. It was quiet, a few tables and we walked in without a reservation. The very nice Johnny Depp looking gentleman was great. He sat us immediately and was quick to give us recommendations about the...More

Thank Ralph M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Loved this restaurant. My husband had pasta Tuscana and goat chops main dish. I had beef carpaccio, chicken "pillanca". That the restaurant prepared special for me gluten free. Lively environment. Excellent wine. Great evening.

Thank weebarona
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was told to come here by many people when heard we were coming to Florence. They did not steer us wrong. Everything about this place was fantastic. Ambiance, service, food and quality. If you go to Florence, this is on the list of good places...More

Thank Christina D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here on the recommendation of some friends that had been here. It was a great recommendation. The balsamic vinegar and olive oil for the bread is a can't miss. The ravioli with pear and Ricota cheese was terrific. The Florentine T-bone steak four...More

Thank 923phillips
Reviewed 1 week ago

We surprisingly was able to get a table here without a reservation, the upbeat atmosphere was great, but the food and wine was superb. Much thanks to Lordena for her service .

Thank Francine R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is beyond special to me and my husband. I did a surprise proposal to my husband while he was working in Florence. It had always been our favourite place to eat in Florence and this just made it that much more special. When...More

Thank Brad W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Burrata, pear ravioli, and a florentine steak fit for the Gods. Beyond the scrumptious food, it was a dining "experience". I would go again and again if i didn't run the risk of eating myself to death.

1  Thank Phyllis C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really loved the ambiance and service at this great local spot. The staff was super friendly, they treated us very well, greeted us with proseco and a plate of the local appetizers, and everything we ordered was delicious!

Thank srgoldstein
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is always amazing on service and food. Our fourth time here and never disappointing. Menu exceptional as is wine selection. Waiters were fantastic. Try the grilled goat and ossa bucca. Fabulous as are all the pasta dishes.

Thank Joe Crawford
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
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Where is it in relationship of San Gallo palace hotel
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!
how do I get a gift certificate to give to friends who are going to visit Florence, italy
10 August 2016|
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Response from Dash S | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Please check with us requesting info via email
Hello. Could you please tell me how I can make a reservation on-line. I would like to book before I leave for Italy in May. Thank you
19 March 2016|
Response from Dash S |
Hello, There is a link with book now, you can call us, or just write an email at: info @ ristorantelagiostra . com Thank you
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Restaurant Details

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