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L'Osteria di Giovanni

Via del Moro, 22 | Aperto Solo a Cena E Domenica a Pranzo, 50123 Florence, Italy
+39 055 284897
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Ranked #46 of 1,983 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $32 - $128
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: At L’Osteria di Giovanni we not only maintain strict allegiance to traditional Tuscan dishes (including many antique recipes that are not commonly used these days), but we also experiment with new flavours and combinations, whilst remaining faithful to local and season produce. Popular new dishes include smoked duck breast on rocket salad and dressed in balsamic vinaigrette, tortelli stuffed with pear and pecorino, with leek and paprika sauce, pici with sausage and kale, and lamb slow-cooked with artichokes. We stronly believe that your restaurant experience should be unique and satisfying on every front. We look forward to welcoming you one day to L'Osteria di Giovanni.

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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Best meal and service in Europe by far!!! Staff were lovely, welcoming and extremely attentive!! The Florentine steak was above expectation and cooked to perfection!! Price was reasonably good for the amount of quality and service we received ... We were welcomed with complimentary Champaign, fried bread and concluded with amazing lemoncello and biscotti!! Amazing amazing!!

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

No no! Not true! Sometimes our waiters trip, the cooks get distracted, Johnny on the grill loses control of the flames, Nicola is grumpy, Manuele gets to work late, Giovanni has back-ache and Caterina just wants to sit down with a cup of tea and put her feet up. We are not perfect :-) - and high expectations are our... More

Oxford
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We have a lovely meal here in this traditional, family run restaurant. Complimentary Prosecco on arrival & various other things during meal. It was a long wait before our order was taken but we soon learnt this was normal in Florence! Bit on the pricey side but again normal for Florence & the portions were huge! Recommend booking - I... More

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

That was lovely to read - thank you. Yes, everyone can book online via our website, so much better than being disappointed. We are delighted your experience was a good one! More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We were recommended to come here for the best Florentine steak in the city. When it arrived the steak was a sirloin and not a t-bone as we expected. When we asked the waiter he pointed to the menu and asked "where do you see t-bone?". We ate what was an acceptable but essentially over priced sirloin before being left... More

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Thank you for writing about your experience here. We always appreciate the time and effort taken by everyone in doing that . Right or wrong, the way your waiter handled the steak issue is unforgivable and for that we apologise for that and will be referring this incident to our staff before our next service. However, on our menu we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We ate here upon arrival and had a wonderful dinner and very pleasant time. Lovely staff! This was recommended by the owners of the hotel.the staff had hospitality...that's most important thing to be staff.

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Thank you! And we will tell them :-) More

Melbourne, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Australian friends recommended this restaurant that they visited twice when last in Florence. Although the meal and service was OK - we would not rush back to eat here again. The Caprese Salad was great with a variation on the traditional Capri salad of tomato and buffalo mozzarella by the addition of olives and greenery - with burrata (cow) with... More

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

So disappointing but thank you for telling us. Expectations as we had said before scare us, and it's simply worse when we don't meet them. But one point we would like to clear up - we don't have sittings. People come, they eat and when they are done they go. Of course we have walk-ins who sometimes are ok to... More

Perth, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the dinner overall, the tasting plate starter was excellent and the hot bread lovely. My fillet steak was a bit dry (should have had the suckling pig!) and my wife's seafood pasta lacked sauce. Wine list was excellent. I will go back .

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

We loved that you loved it despite it not all being perfect. Thanks for telling us about the good and bad - much appreciated. We really do hope you will be back one day and we can blow you away with every dish :-) More

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

Came here tonight for my birthday as we had eaten here 6 years ago and had fond memories of it. The food was excellent but the waiter was 'off' to say the least! He did not seem interested in taking our order properly, or asking how we wanted our steaks done, or asking what we wanted to drink, and eventually... More

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

We can only apologise. More so because you came for a special event and you returned on the basis of good memories which can only make it more disappointing. We shall talk over this review with our wait staff before our service opens tonight. What we can assure you is that we never ever check passports. We welcome British and... More

San Francisco, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

It's really more like 3.5 stars, but I'm remiss to give it 4 stars. We ate here based upon the TA reviews and overall the meal was good. The restaurant is cozy and has nice artwork/vibe. It's a busy place, so it's a bit loud making it somewhat difficult for conversation. We were glad we didn't pick this place for... More

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

We think that we are incredibly lucky to be in a city that has so many truly fabulous restaurants. If we were not one of those for you, then we are very sorry indeed. But first and foremost we require that you love our city, and so we sincerely hope that you do find that "incredible" somewhere in town, and... More

Ridgewood, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

We rented a house in Florence and Giovanni's was recommended by our host who is friends with the owner. We had heard the restaurant was excellent and went on our last night in Florence. Nothing disappointed - the entire experience was exceptional. The service, food and hospitality are all world class. After the meal, when we thought it could not... More

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Nicola is the "biscotti" man - and he has a secret weapon - but we are not telling! He (and some of the other guys in the kitchen) knock them out on a daily basis and we think they might be among the best in town! Thank you so much for noticing. More

Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

I liked everything about this restaurant. The service was excellent and the owner came over to check on us twice. The appetizers were quite nice, clams and mussels in white wine sauce and cold antipasto of typical Tuscan meats. We both had steak fixed differently, both very nice. Desserts, coffee and cappuccino were fine to end the meal with vin... More

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

It sounds like we got it right for you! And that's always good news - it's so fabulous to get feedback on a virtually daily basis! Thank you for taking the time to comment. More

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