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La Giostra

#312 of 2,059 Restaurants in Florence
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Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | 10/R 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: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent romantic restaurant

We visited La Giostra on April 22. We had a wonderful dinner. Every part of the meal was great, from the wine, to the pastas, to the second courses. The service was very good and the ambience was cool. It was a packed restaurant, with tables squeezed tight. This adds to the ambience, as for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Friend recommended we visit this Restuarant. OMG the food and atmosphere is outstanding. The staff are very courteous and efficient. Be on the lookout for the owner. Can't miss him! He will have on a very colorful outfit with LOTS of bracelets. He took our order and was very helpful with selections. Reservations a must. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

This was an incredible dining experience. We made reservations and then walked four blocks from our hotel through quaint narrow streets in the late evening. We arrived and were quickly seated. From this point on, everything was incredible. The service is probably the best service we have ever witnessed. We had five people tending to us throughout the meal and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We went to Giostra twice. the first time the lady waitress explained all the menu clearly and advised on the wine we had very good service and the food was very good indeed. Consequently we went back a second time. What a change the waiter didn't explain the dishes clearly. we ordered my starter arrived and my wife waited for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We had heard good things about this place so we have it a try and were not disappointed. Free glasses of Prosecco to start and they bring you a free plate of appetizers. The staff was friendly and helpful in explaining the menu. The food quality was great and the Pear Ravioli is something you have to try. You won't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We visited La Giostra on April 22. We had a wonderful dinner. Every part of the meal was great, from the wine, to the pastas, to the second courses. The service was very good and the ambience was cool. It was a packed restaurant, with tables squeezed tight. This adds to the ambience, as for one person complaining that the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

La Giostra was a special find for us on our recent trip to Florence. It is a small place that is cozy, intimate and charming. You will feel like you are stepping back in time as you enter and are seated under a wooden ceiling decorated with tiny lights supplemented by candles on the tables. The food was wonderful, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Can't say enough good things about this restaurant. My friends and I were treated like royalty the entire night. You will not be disappointed.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We chose to book here in advance as this from the reviews on trip advisor it looked perfect. We were told they do 2 sittings and could only book 7:30 or 9:30pm. We chose 9:30pm and arrived at 9:25pm. When we arrived we joined a queue of people and waited. By 9:50pm the queue was now long and people disgruntled... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The place is very nice and the food was great. Not a gourmet kitchen, but italian traditional dishes very well made. Very nice place, I would come back

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Romantic and candle-lit (came with the family though). Tables are close together but didn't feel too cramped. Food was good but a pricey.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, European, 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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