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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 #186 of 1,971 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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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Simply put: don't waste your time! Here is why: 1. The waitstaff is rude and way to slow. Waiting 25 minutes to order after asking 3x is not ok (even in Europe) 2. If you're looking for an authentic meal in true Italian culture, go elsewhere! The entire place was filled with Americans, mostly students studying abroad. I felt like... More

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Trieste, Italy
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

La Giostra could be a nice restaurant. But it's not. It's overpriced beyond any reason. There are perhaps 30 restaurants in the city centre alone that sport a better quality-value ratio. To be avoided. At all costs.

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Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Absolutely loved everything about our experience at La Giostra. The place has a lovely vibe for relaxing in. The staff are attentive and helpful. The complimentary glass of Prosecco and antipasto were wonderful. My husband and I share a plate of wonderful fresh pasta in a ragu sauce which was absolutely delicious. For main course we both chose steak, mine... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Food was impeccable! Great service! Lovely environment! The establishment offered a glass of pro secco and beautifully delicious appetizers!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We stopped in at the height of tourist season and were able to get in without a reservation I thought the food was fresh and wonderful. I loved it. My husband and I both had pasta dishes and shared a side of asparagus, which was delicious. When we took a wine tour, our sommelier, who grew up in Florence mentioned... More

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Complementary Prosecco and antipasto platter when you sit. The complimenatry app platter is delicious, but so are all of the apps; so go hungry. The Pastas, especially the pear ravioli, are fantastic. I understand their Florentine steak can't be beat. I'll try that the next time we visit our favorite city in Italy. When my dessert was almost gone, I... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We ate here on the last night of our trip and at the suggestion of the owner of our B &B. It was a good meal, but not as good as some of our others and the whole scene was just a bit much. The complimentary proseco and antipasta was quite nice (and thanks to other TripAdvisor reviewers to letting... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Although it might come across as a bit pricey the quality of the food is amazing and the atmosphere of the restaurant combined with the service is totally worth it. Excellent fiorentina steak - one of the signature dishes of the area- and the owner is friendly and very professional coming to meat and greet every single customer.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

So I was nervous because I thought it might be touristy. This was both a super fun night with amazing food. I have been to Italy nearly 10 times each time for two or three weeks and this is a new favorite amongst Italian restaurants. The atmosphere is great with dark lighting and the owner chef is very fun and... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

The food as great and the staff was accommodating. We had a reservation,but had to wait for our table. This restaurant is worth going to and you will enjoy you meal and have a lovely evening.

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