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La Giostra

#261 of 2,030 Restaurants in Florence
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Neighborhood:
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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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
Great food, even better service

I have to give credit to the owner and the staff for the excellent service provided. Menu only in Italian but the owner gave us good recommendations on the dishes and we were happy with our food. Complimentary prosecco and antipasti on the house. Our waiter even took the time to explain to us the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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  • Local cuisine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I have to give credit to the owner and the staff for the excellent service provided. Menu only in Italian but the owner gave us good recommendations on the dishes and we were happy with our food. Complimentary prosecco and antipasti on the house. Our waiter even took the time to explain to us the different types of antipasti served.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Make sure to make reservations! La Giostra had the best service of any restaurant during our time in Italy! The atmosphere is fantastic. You are immediately greeted with free house appetizers and champagne. I had the steak with mushrooms on top (literally melted in my mouth), pistachio/blue cheese gnocchi, salad, and prosciutto. This restaurant is a do not miss!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great meal, we had four courses, the portions were just right, the food and wine were excellent and the service superb. The owner came out personally to see that everything was up to his standards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Authentic italian food with professional service but a bit overpriced. Worth the dinner! Nice atmosphere!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We made a reservation here at the suggestion of a colleague, and given the good reviews we walked to the restaurant from our hotel, the Westin Excelsior (15 min walk). We were greeted by the eccentric owner who was wonderful with our kids and like all tables, offered complimentary prosecco and apps, both of which were wonderful. Overall there's little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We found this place on trip adviser. A bit off the beaten track but worth seeking out. It is stunning inside with a very typically Italian feel and general ambience. The waiters were very friendly and helpful and the decanting of an albeit very expensive wine was an event in itself. The food was gorgeous and plentiful. Overall a fine... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

this is my first not so good dinner experience in 4 days after 3 really great dinners in florence we are not very entoustic about this place +: nice rather romantic location, free prosecco on the house (but not chilled) and plate of free appetizers, extensive wine list -: very dark inside so menu is very difficult to read, wines... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

First of all, glad we made a reservation. It was a very sought after restaurant; as some people walked in and walked out immediately due to wait times. Menu wasn't in English, but our server, Christina, was extremely helpful with her recommendations. My friend is a very picky eater, and Christina was trying her very best to make my friend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This was one on the best meals we had in all of Italy and it rivals the best restaurants in this U.S. The pastas and steaks were simply amazing and the wait staff was very attentive. Our only minor complaint was that there wasn't an English version of the menu available, so you were reliant upon your waiter. That wouldn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Amazing food and very cool atmosphere. The owner walks around and talks to all tables. Highly recommend the pear ravioli and seafood pasta.

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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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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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