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La Giostra

#267 of 2,001 Restaurants in Florence
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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: 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
Outstanding Dinner

This place was recommended to my wife and me by friends that lived in Italy a few years back. We had a reservation and I highly recommend making one as the restaurant was packed past 12am. The owner came to greet us and ask if we had any questions as the entire menu is in Italian. We saw that he... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Beyond Excellent food and service. If you are in Florence this restaurant is a must! Charming, elegant, and would go back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Friends recommended that we go to La Giostra while in Florence, so we reserved a table for dinner for our first night in the city. It was the best meal we had in Italy. We were first treated to glasses of prosecco and a tray of amuse bouche, little bites of things like roasted eggplant and red pepper, pate on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

And if you don't, that's your fault! Where to begin: I knew when I booked our 9PM reservation that we would probably end up closing the place and were one of the last to leave. This is a true culinary experience. Everything was excellent. From the beef carpaccio, spaghetti, veal scaloppine, Osso Bucco, Steak Florentine, spaghetti Carbonara, to the pear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I was not expecting anything great here because reviews were mixed, but we had a great evening here! Katerina was friendly, helpful and charming and even though the menu was only in Italian, she explained everything patiently and made great suggestions. The complimentary appetizer plate, prosecco and after dinner drinks are a really nice touch and make you feel better... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Having read very favourable reviews of this restaurant, I went with high expectations... a little curious as to why so many people raved about it. I reserved a table for one online via their website for 7.30pm, but arrived half an hour early. The waiters seated me soon enough, and were very attentive. I was offered a glass of welcome... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

We arrived for lunch after looking in the window! No reservations but greeted and served with pleasure! The complimentary appetizer platter would have served as lunch but we decided to just sit back and enjoy...everything served was exceptional - lunch is a casual atmosphere but the menu is the same as dinner... Local dining companions told us it's often hard... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My friends and I made a reservation online beforehand, and was led to a cozy table. I'm in love with the lights on the ceiling and the intimacy this place brings. For a group of four gals, we split a first course of prosciutto e melone (my favorite), two second dishes of fresh pasta, three third dishes of chicken, seafood,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent food, brilliant service. The waiter gave recommendations on food and wine and really made my friend and I feel at ease. I even went back on a solo trip! Great little restaurant in the centre of Florence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We arrived by taxi and they sent us right over to our table for we had reserved a few months ago....where they provided a nice plate of various tasty bruchetta, pates, and vegetables. We were celebrating my birthday and the service, food and location made this day a special memory for myself, daughter and father. Food excellent I had wild... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This place was recommended to my wife and me by friends that lived in Italy a few years back. We had a reservation and I highly recommend making one as the restaurant was packed past 12am. The owner came to greet us and ask if we had any questions as the entire menu is in Italian. We saw that he... More 

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

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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
  • Phone Number: 055 241341

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, European, Pasta, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic

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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