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La Giostra

#126 of 2,082 Restaurants in Florence
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Duomo
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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
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Enchanting

My friends & I ate here on New Years Day. The restaurant is lovely and very magical in its ambiance. The food is excellent and the staff superb. The owner was great, patiently taking time to explain some aspects of the menu that we didn't understand in further detail. I would have given this a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My friends & I ate here on New Years Day. The restaurant is lovely and very magical in its ambiance. The food is excellent and the staff superb. The owner was great, patiently taking time to explain some aspects of the menu that we didn't understand in further detail. I would have given this a 5/5 but for the fact... More 

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Community of Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best food was balsamic steak, carpaccio, buratta cheese, pasta with ragú, and pasta with porcini mushrooms. Very nice dishes and great service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a terrific restaurant and also much fun. The food was excellent, and they even brought us extra freebies. The ambience is really fun and the best part was meeting Soldano the owner. This one is not to be missed! PS the tiramisu was the best ever.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here was very good but it cost 150 Euros for three with just one alcoholic beverage, one appetizer, two pasta dishes, two main courses and three desserts. A complimentary antipasti comes with dinner - delicious. The appetizers and pasta were not memorable but the brazino with a tomato topping was delicious. Dessert was good but not outstanding. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food nicely done. Menu all in Italian, no english, so wait staff went through with us. They did it quickly, and I know we missed much of the dishes. But we ended up with nice chocies. A little expensive by the time it was over, but I would recommend a visit while in Florence. Don't forget to make a reservation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reservations are essential, this place is very popular with families, students, locals and tourist If you are looking for traditional, home-made Italian food, this is the place for you. We were very lucky to be invited back for a second evening, allow the staff to recommend their choice of food and wine for you, you won't be disappointed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was very good. Staff is very good. The owner was there and he seemed to take a genuine interest making sure everyone was happy. Very patient with "ugly Americans" like me.ò

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was amazing! We had reservations right when they opened and got there early. We were not the only ones waiting outside. We were shown to our table and given a free beverage. My husband had researched it and knew that we also got a free plate of appetizers, but we decided to order the artichoke anyway. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fortunately, we were able to make reservations day of for dinner. Best restaurant we've visited in Italy. Every dish was perfection and paired with an exceptional wine. The atmosphere was that of walking into a friends house for dinner. A recommendation I have to anybody and everybody visiting Florence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the pear & gorgonzola gnocchi and the cheesecake, and both were fantastic! I was also given a complimentary glass of prosecco when I sat down, an appetizer plate, and a glass of port with my dessert. Overall a great experience, and I highly recommend it!!!

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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, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions

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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Duomo
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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