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Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | 10/R 18/R, 50121 Florence, Italy
055 241341
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Ranked #228 of 1,955 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European, Italian, Central European
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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".

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Clarkstown, ny
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

I will be brief. Had high hopes after reading several reviews. Crowded, loud, packed with American students. Service was mediocre, steak was raw, waiter spilled the wine in the plate of free appetizers. Tables are so close together that the wait staff bumped into our chairs over a dozen times while trying to help other diners. Over priced. So many... More

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Denver, Colorado
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

What a riot of a place. If you want sedate, staid, low key...well go someplace else. If you want outstanding food, and some personality, by all means go to La Giostra! The owner looks like he should be touring with the Stones, with bracelets from elbow to wrist, and necklaces one upon the other. He has that Keith Richards/Mick Jagger... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Great ambience, this has been a family favorite for a decade now! The food is very very good, especially the pasta dishes! Hard to choose poorly from the extensive menu. Love coming here

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Make a reservation. Every place else is empty even if it is great. This place is hopping. The complimentary appetizers are out of the world, The food is terrific. The service is first rate. The ambiance is first rate.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We received raving recommendations from three different people about this restaurant so our expectations might have been a little too high. The food was good, no doubt and the service was attentive and friendly. We went with another couple and everyone of us enjoyed our food.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The food was delicious and the owner was helpful, friendly and most attentive. All of the staff was excellent. The atmosphere was relaxing and cozy. I would definitely return there on our next trip to Florence

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Florham Park, New Jersey
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Our initial experience began while waiting for a table in the street (We had no reservations). We were offered a delicious bruschetta with the most welcoming smile. When we were seated, the waiter was very friendly and helped us interpret the most extensive menu. Food was just INCREDIBLE. Every single dish was just superb. We eat out almost every evening... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Everything we ate was really great! I recommend trying the pear and pecorino ravioli and the veal. Service was great. As long as you going there knowing you will spend a little more than you would at your average pizzeria in Florence, you will absolutely love it!

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New York, NY
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We ate here our last night in Florence and loved it! Was the perfect setting and meal to end our 9 day holiday! Charming, cozy, romantic atmosphere and the food was delicious. The staff was friendly and helped translate some dishes and made perfect recommendations. The menu and portions were great, with lots of options. I'd recommend reservations if you... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, England, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you are thinking I need somewhere to go that's romantic, fantastic service with great food and a great choice on the wine list for that special occasion or event then make a reservation and treat yourself to a visit to la giostra. How this restaurant is only number 238 out of a thousand plus is beyond me. the menu... More

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Address: Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | 10/R 18/R, 50121 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055 241341
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence
Cuisine: European, Italian, Central European

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