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L'Osteria di Giovanni

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Via del Moro, 22, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 284897
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7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Description: At L’Osteria di Giovanni we not only maintain strict allegiance to...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Deliciously Affordable

Wonderful spot for lunch specials. Go early if possible, because it will be packed with locals from noon on. Located on a tiny side street in the Santa Maria Novella neighborhood, L’ Osteria di Giovanni provides delicious, traditional pastas and exceptional pizza – thin, crispy crusts with house... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Marla N
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Pensacola, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

four of us ordered below dishes: one lamp meat, one roasted rabbit, two pastas in total, no wine or juice or beverage, only water (still & sparkling) very pooooooooor service, the waiter was rude, like robot with no feelings... the food was okay...but with this kind of service, and cost at ?86 in total, it definitely would not be our... More 

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

We are truly sorry to hear that. We can only hope that our waiter had an "off" night as this is not the usual standard that we expect from our clients. We are sorry to have been a disappointment to you and your group, and we hope that this did not detract from the enjoyment of our town. More 

Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful spot for lunch specials. Go early if possible, because it will be packed with locals from noon on. Located on a tiny side street in the Santa Maria Novella neighborhood, L’ Osteria di Giovanni provides delicious, traditional pastas and exceptional pizza – thin, crispy crusts with house made cheeses. A wine cellar below the restaurant provides a wide range... More 

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

Lovely. We are so delighted to hear that! More 

San Carlos, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great and welcoming place to dine in Florence. We had the good luck to be seated in the back room next to an Australian wine exporter and his father who knew the restaurant well and knew what to order (including the wine). We tried the tortellini with leeks, almonds and pears and it was marvelous. My wife... More 

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

You can have no idea how immensely happy it makes us reading this review. It sometimes amazes us how different people live the same experiences. Sometimes comments like "the American tourists on the next table were loud" written by other Americans perplexes us, or "we were too close to the table of Italians, it spoiled our experience" have us truly... More 

Charlbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We were to take a very early flight and for that reason wanted somewhere for a good Sunday lunch. Not many places in central Florence open Sunday lunchtimes but we found Giovanni. It is very much a local institution and you can easily see why. We were warmly welcomed into a great atmosphere, there were mainly Italian families happily enjoying... More 

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

The words that most delighted us here are "local institution" - thank you so much for that! It makes us very proud. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

When we walked past, the lady was standing by the menu outside. We had a look at it and she said 2€ off the pasta dishes. She kept reminding us of that and tried to lure us in. We eventually decided to go inside. When we got inside it took about a minute for anyone to give us directions to... More 

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1 Thank Rebecca B
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Well, we are delighted that wherever it was you ate, the food was good! That's always a plus for our city. Our prices are, ehem, not bottom-of-the-market end. And neither is our quality. The line of diners waiting to be seated is always pretty impressive. We would not offer anyone €2 or €10 or €50 euro off any dish to... More 

Tarrytown, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We found this osteria quite by accident and were totally in love with the menu and service, from the appetizers to,the entree the service and quality were top notch. Go there for dinner you will not be disappointed😄

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

Finding us by accident is not easy! Well done! We are glad you had such a great time - hopefully one day you will come back and find us "on purpose"! More 

Sarnia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Our last night in Florence and we hadn't yet tried the steak and it was a must on my list. We had this place recommended so off we headed to find it. Thought we would have to give up but just then, we lucked out. Inside they quickly asked if we had reservations and we thought we weren't going to... More 

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Thank 24vacation
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Well, it was nearly all good! We are disappointed that you were disappointed by the steak, but yes, we have some amazing pastas too, so maybe next time! We will look forward to that. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I have studied abroad in Florence for 4 months, and waited till one of my last nights to eat here with my family. This was by far the best meal I had in Florence. The waiter was so helpful and knew what he was doing. We let him order our entire meal and it was wonderful. I would highly suggesting... More 

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

We are so glad that you made it here before you left! Hopefully after four months in Florence, a little bit of our city is still in your heart and you might make it back here one day. If you do, come by! More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

I've visited many cities in Italy and have been searching for the best restaurants. I love Pasta and Bistecca Allla fiorentina. L'osteria di Giovanni is one of my all time favorite restaurant and my most favorite restaurant in Florence. Each time I visit Florence, I have to visit L'osteria di Giovanni. Their pasta is always cooked to perfection. It's just... More 

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1 Thank K_ken25
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

Wow wow and wow! Thank you so much! We have the honour of meeting so many truly awesome people in our line of work. We hope to see you again very soon. More 

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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Selecting this restaurant as our first evening of dining was setting the bar a little high for all other establishments there after; this family run establishment serves excellent food combined with competent service. We maximized our dining experience by sharing each and every plate starting with the buratta and olives followed by the tortellini prepared with leeks, almonds and pears... More 

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Thank emilyg14
CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review

We are so so pleased you enjoyed everything! We assure you our beef is local as is our seafood! We are just 80km from the Tuscan coast and Med sea - from which we have lots of fresh seafood. You are right - lots of tourists (of course, this is Florence!) and lots of locals. We love our mix. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via del Moro, 22, 50123, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Duomo
  • Neighborhood: Duomo
  • Phone Number: +39 055 284897

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 28 - 113
  • Cuisine: Italian, Soups, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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