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La Giostra

#259 of 2,008 Restaurants in Florence
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Duomo
Italian, European, Pasta, Central European
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Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R, 50121 Florence, Italy
055 241341
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7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Twenty years ago, the Hapsburg Lorena princes decided to open a restaurant...
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".
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good Meal, Moderate Price

Great food but a little on the fancy side for our family. A little tight seating. Quality no doubt. Atmosphere not so Italian as American. Price decent for what you get.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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  • Local cuisine
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Franklin Square, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

From start to finish, we had such a wonderful time at La Giostra. Our meal began with complimentary Prosecco and appetizers. We then ordered the pear and pecorino raviolis that were delicious. I ordered the veal marsala which was excellent! The others ordered veal with lemon sauce and fish, which they enjoyed. After dinner, we were served unlimited complimentary homemade... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great food but a little on the fancy side for our family. A little tight seating. Quality no doubt. Atmosphere not so Italian as American. Price decent for what you get.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Our daughter recommended this restaurant after she had been there while in Florence. The 3 of us had a wonderful dinner unlike others we've had in Florence before. Reservation is required. The restaurant provides an antipasto platter for the table so another antipasto isn't really necessary. We tried the pear and pecorino ravioli great I went on my daughter's recommendation,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Great food. We sat in the second dining room and the doors were open and it was WARM! They closed the door after I asked. All other aspects were great!!!! Osso Busco and florentine balsamic Steak were off the charts. I'm stuffed. The sommelier was awesome - what a show! No room for dessert after such a heavy and tasty... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Had an excellent dinner at La Giostra. The most delicious pasta with pear and pecorino cheese followed by delicious Seabass. The service was excellent. Attentive but not solicitous! I highly recommend this for a lovely evening in Florence

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

A warm greeting with a complimentary glass of Prosecco, lovely antipasti, superb food, the pear and pecorino pasta is a must, afantastic help in selecting the wine. Worth a visit when in Florence.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This place came highly recommended. As soon as we walked in and saw celebrity photographs we should have walked out. But we took a chance and the free Prosecco and appetizer were a nice touch. But it was all downhill from there. The menu was all in Italian (despite many American diners). Fair enough, we were in Italy, albeit the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The service and attentiveness at La Giostra is like no other! They were so kind to us from giving us champagne as we waited to be seated, to a complimentary antipasto plate, to great recommendations. Also, I loved the ambiance of the restaurant. It was very dimly lit and it was a small space so it felt very intimate. Everything... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

spent 3 nights in Florence and this was the best meal we had. very cozy, romantic dining room. relaxed pace of dining, no rush. reasonable prices. best first plate spaghetti and clams I have every had in my life. this would be my last meal if I had a choice. secondi plate... wife had scampi (big grilled shrimp) which were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us by multiple people and it did not disappoint. The veal osso buco was the highlight, but all courses were delicious. Extensive wine list as well. Definitely make a reservation if interested.

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Address: Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R, 50121 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055 241341
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Duomo
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday 7:00 pm - 12:00 am  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 7:00 pm - 12:00 am  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 12:00 am  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday 7:00 pm - 12:00 am  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday 7:00 pm - 12:00 am  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisine: Italian, European, Pasta, Central European

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Restaurant Details

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
  • Neighborhood: Duomo
  • Phone Number: 055 241341

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, European, Pasta, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine

Description

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".
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 12:00 am

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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 as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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