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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great All Around Italian Restaurant

Our hotel recommended Giovanni to us and made reservations for us. When we arrived they were busy and full and we had to wait for our table. The ambiance is active and inviting. The wait was not bad because they have a little stand-up bar we waited at and they gave us complimentary Prosecco while... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Mesa, Arizona
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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Mesa, Arizona
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92 reviews 92 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Our hotel recommended Giovanni to us and made reservations for us. When we arrived they were busy and full and we had to wait for our table. The ambiance is active and inviting. The wait was not bad because they have a little stand-up bar we waited at and they gave us complimentary Prosecco while we waited. They put as... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

...the waiter got our order wrong and it spoiled the evening as the replacement steak was then not cooked,as ordered, either. The food was good but not exceptional. Despite the errors it was a good evening in a friendly environment.

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

Our bad and we are very sorry indeed. :-( It just goes to show that we do not get it right every single time (even though we do try!). Thank you for being polite and objective in making your observations - we very much appreciate that. More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This restaurant in Florence was by far one of the best meals of our trip. My cousins and I each had the filet which was the biggest filet we have ever seen. All the courses were delicious, well prepared and the excellent service made the evening a perfect 10. The owner was always running around checking on each table and... More 

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

Fabulous news! So so pleased. Thank you for choosing us! More 

San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Giovanni is simply a cut above many restaurants in Florence! Why? It's because of the wonderful food and attention to detail! It's the attentiveness of the wait staff and did we mention the basket of what appears to be fried bread rolls they bring out to start--one cannot stop eating them!? The Pappa al Pomodoro was incredible, the suckling pig... More 

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

We are forgiven for your zuccchini flowers (note taken - thank you!). Delighted that you enjoyed your experience and we really hope to see you again one day! More 

Marco Island, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went here for a special anniversary dinner and the restaurant knew ahead of time that it was special - and they went out of their way to assure it was. We - 2 couples - were the for 4 - FOUR - hours. Each plate of food seemed to get better and better. The service was impeccable - attentive... More 

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

You defined our goal so much better than we ever could ourselves - going down in family lore is the perfect description for what we aim to do! We really want to provide an experience rather than simply a great meal. Thank you - we will be sharing this with the staff. And of course looking forward to celebrating more... More 

Queretaro, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Food was delicious, like everyone else we got some free treats (prosecco at the beginning and limoncello and cookies at the end) and service was above the Italian standard. Quite nice!! La comida estuvo muy buena (algunas cosas fueron gratis) y el servicio es bastante bueno, para los estandares de Florencia.

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

That is so good to hear and we are delighted that you enjoyed your time spent with us. More 

San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We went here twice while in Florence. The food was great. The service was excellent both times. It's down a very small street both worth the trip.

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

Twice in one trip we take as a real compliment. Thank you so much. More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Me and my girlfriend went here on a recommendation and we absolutely loved it! We arrived and were told that there was only room left in the wine cellar and were a bit sceptical but after being shown the cellar it was actually really nice and cosy with candle light and added some romance to the meal. We only wanted... More 

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

People either love or hate our wine cellar! As you know, it's a real working cellar with thousands of bottles of wine, vaulted roofs and low lighting! So pleased that it worked for you both. It's also way quieter than the rooms upstairs! Glad you enjoyed your meal! More 

Milan, Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Really nice food! I'd recommend and come back for more! Remember to book since most Italian restaurants work better that way and you make sure you get to eat where you want!

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

Fabulous tip! You can always book through our website - really easy! We are truly delighted you enjoyed your experience. More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Quite simply this was our number one pick for the best dinner in Italy after sampling dozens of restaurants from Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice... Nothing came close! We made the rare exception of going back twice and our experience was flawless. Everything from the Entre's to the Mains to the service was stellar. The complementary neverending delicious bread is... More 

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

"Coccoli" are fried bread dough shapes and are very, very, very yummy! So glad that you enjoyed it so much! Perhaps we might have the pleasure of meeting you again one day. 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
  • Phone Number: +39 055 284897

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 28 - 111
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine

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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