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La Giostra

Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | 10/R 18/R, 50121 Florence, Italy
055 241341
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Ranked #219 of 1,947 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My wife and I accidentally found this place just exploring the city, we came upon this restaurant during the day when it wasn't open yet, they are only open for dinner. We looked at the menu and new that this was a true foodie gem. We called and made a reservation, witch is highly recommended. Our first impression of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our visit started with the friendly and warm welcome from the host ..... The manager miri made the experience superb by reccomending the best dishes... All the food was amazing. I would reccomend to everyone !!!! Bravo !!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We are here last night after walking past and seeing how beautiful it looked inside. The atmosphere is lovely, all the tables are candlelit and there are fairy lights across the ceiling. The food was outstanding, all four of our dishes were beautifully cooked and really tasty. My husband and brother shared the T-bone steak and couldn't have raved about... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

La Giostra was one of the best restaurants we ate at on our recent trip to Italy. The steak was delicious and the potatoes that came with it were some of the best that I have ever had. Every thing that we ordered was exceptional.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Giostra's may be full of tourists, but the food and ambiance are wonderful. Customers are greeted with a complimentary glass of chilled proseco and a large platter of homemade appetizers. Don't be intimidated by the guy with all of the chains and bracelets - he's an owner and will always help you with any questions you might have.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went here without a reservation and this seemed to be an issue for the Maître d'Hôtel at first, although we did get a table in 5 minutes and the restaurant was not full that evening. The serving staff was friendly and helpful. The food was as good as it purports to be. Quality and great taste. The restaurant is... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went here on the recommendation of friends and the food was great. Perfect caprese salad, great steaks, pear tortilloni and a glass of prosecco and appetizer on the house. Everything was perfectly cooked, with high quality ingredients. Service was only ok. Not cheap, but worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Living in Florence with my 3 close girlfriends for 7 days... you would expect we would get down to exploring as many options as possible to eat.. and we did. But the one place that kept us coming back for more was La Giostra..... out of this world food.... there is not ONE thing that you could order that would... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We first went here 7 years ago when we stumbled across it while staying in Florence. It is on a quiet street away from the tourist areas so easy to miss. Magical is the word I would use to describe it then and again now. From the little twinkling lights to the candle-lit tables, you are drawn in. Add to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have just returned from a wonderful few days in Florence - we have been to the city 3 times before so I was determined to revisit all my favourite haunts from past trips and try out some new hotspots with the help of trip advisor! Le Giostra was one that we had visited on all 3 trips previous and... More

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