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La Giostra

#269 of 1,882 Restaurants in Florence
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Italian, European, Pasta, Central European
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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: Dessert, Lunch, 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
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Amazing and romantic dinner experience @ La Giostra...been there twice...I definitely recommend this place!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We ate dinner here and could not have been happier with the entire evening. We were seated in the dining room In the building a few doors down from the entrance. The atmosphere was warm and cozy. Our server was an adorable young man who was extremely helpful and charming. Our meal started with a plate of antipasto and a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Don't go here. Food wasn't good, very touristy. Everyone is American. Nothing authentic about this restaurant. Looks pretty in photos, but not worth the trip

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Dear Customer, Thank you so much for your visit and feedback, it is very important to us. La Giostra is located in the heart of Florence visited from people from all over the world.. We do not choose to feed only tourists but well traveled customers with knowledge for good food and great companionship. If it was touristy we would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Amazing and romantic dinner experience @ La Giostra...been there twice...I definitely recommend this place!

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37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Make a reservation as soon as possible to be sure you will not miss a truly fabulous culinary experience in Florence.Your host,chef and owner will greet you at your table and right away you feel the true "welcome to my table", tone that is the ambiance of this restaurant.Opened 20 years ago and now expertly operated by the sons, If... More 

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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We are in Florence for 4 nights and ate at La Giostra twice!!!! The staff is wonderful, we adored the owner and the food was spectacular and so flavorful. You MUST have a reservation, so make it as soon as you know you will be in Florence! The boratta is a much and can be shared for sure. The flavor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We discovered La Giostra by chance but it was fully booked, so we made a reservation for the following night. Being relative novices to real Italian dining we were happy to be led by the wait staff who really seemed to know their stuff. We were offered Prosecco on arrival, and ordered an Antipasti to share, first, and second courses.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

First - Make reservations Second - Enjoy an evening of great food, attentive service and fine wine. Be sure to give strong consideration to the daily specials. Staff is attentive, but not pretentious. Wine list is strong and staff is knowledgeable enough to suggest good pairings for your meal and price range. Portions tend to be generous and can be... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My wife and I heard from 2 couples and a few people while we were in Florence that we needed to try this place while we were there. So we decided to do the true Italian experience. Did the late dinner at 9:30 and the full meal. Boy, this could not have been any better. The food was outstanding, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Equal to our BEST meal in Italy, great ambiance, wonderful food, let your server or the owner assist you. Very popular, reservations a must.. A dining gem....the owner even assisted us outside to get a taxi....Only regret is we ate there one night..wish we returned...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is a local gem. The atmosphere is amazing, vibrant, even romantic. The staff is very attentive. The menu is prepared with care. The wine list is extensive and well prepared. And finally the food. It's just great. Exactly what we were looking for in Italy. And let's hope you run into the eccentric owner. Oh- And request to sit... More 

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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, 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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