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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 #38 of 1,952 restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $34 - $134
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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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We had dinner at this fantastic restaurant on Saturday night and it was excellent. The food including many things that they gave us to try even though we had not ordered was all lovely and the 2 waiters who both looked after us and Caterina who I believe is the owner's daughter was very sweet and took care of us... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is an ok restaurant in Florence. By far, not the best. The staff is friendly, and they speak english and spanish, which is very helpful. All the food was very well prepared, but nothing special.

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

And we take your comments to heart. Thank you for telling us and we can only say we don't want to be average but great! We will have to try harder! More

Boston, Ma
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

At L’Osteria di Giovanni the food was good, but too expensive for what we got. We enjoyed dinner the first night in Florence much more. I was hoping to be blown away by the service based on the reviews I had read, but the service left something to be desired. It seemed that tables which ordered more expensive wine (which... More

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

And we can only say that we are so so sorry for your disappointing meal, which of course is also a disappointment to us. We want everyone to be blown away, but we know that we can't (and don't) achieve that all of the time. We promise it is not for lack of trying. We really do not have the... More

Hasselt, Belgium
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239 reviews 239 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We went to eat here on a monday evening in July and we had no reservation. Fortunately the owner had 1 table left. The food is divine ! We had 1 plate of antipasta di Giovanni for the 3 of us. Then the 3 of us had pasta with porcini and truffle. After that we had the famous Bistecca Fiorentina... More

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

You made a real night of it - and enjoyed lots of different dishes and flavours. That is the very best compliment. Thank you for that - people having a great time is what it is all about. More

San Francisco, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Excellent food, excellent service! From the complementary Proseco to the yummy biscotti at the end, all was delicious and flavorful!

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

Fabulous - that is just how we want it to be. Thank you so much for choosing L'Osteria di Giovanni. More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Recommended by a local who now lives in London. His favourite in Florence. Didn't disappoint one iota. Classy place - full of life. Food is typical Tuscan cooking, wine list interesting and reasonable

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

Tuscans abroad are the best! Thank you Mr Local Man for remembering us - thank you for trusting someone else's recommendation. It all worked out fine! More

Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I don't normally write reviews but I had a great time at the restaurant. The staff where knowledgeable about the food and wines and happily answered any questions we had. We were expecting bread on the table but instead was served little mounds of soft but crispy fried bread to nibble on (amazing). As Tuscany is famed for its meat... More

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

Then you understood us perfectly. We are not the most economical place in town, nor do we want to be. Quality and service that make for great memories are our goals. We think we managed that! Thank you ! More

Westwood, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The restaurant staff was very nice, and although very busy, they did make their way to the table as much as possible . The food was good but not over the top. There are restaurants in Florence that are not as expensive and the food is impressive. That being said, there were six of us, and I told the waiter... More

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

Now that's annoying. Really annoying. You are right - probably a silly language/cultural slip up (on our part, not yours) and we made a memory that will last for the wrong reasons. Not what we want to do at all. Perhaps we misunderstood, perhaps we assumed too much, perhaps we ... whatever. If we didn't "translate" your request properly we... More

Vienna, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Delicious food and friendly staff made this one of our better meals in Florence. Our driver from the train station said it was where he brought visiting friends. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but so are all the restaurants in Florence. We had a seafood pasta that was a daily special which my daughter said was awesome. So good in... More

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

In particular we love the title of your review. We really hope we are a truly great restaurant. But we are very aware that we are located in a town of many great restaurants. And that is a good feeling. Many of our colleagues are really doing good and it is great to see that people who come to Florence... More

Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We went to this restaurant after reading all the good reviews in TripAdvisor,but unfortunately we were quite disappointed. Food is below the average quality I've had in Florence and way above the average price. Pasta portions are quite small (the only big thing is the plate itself) and quite expensive for what you get. An extra 4€/person are charged for... More

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

Disappointing for your and us both. We are so sorry that we did not live up to expectations and are well aware that this is the price one pays for having some really great reviews. We would ask that you take the time to read a review written just a couple of days ago entitled Good Food, Really Friendly Staff,... More

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