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La Giostra

Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | 10/R 18/R, 50121 Florence, Italy
055 241341
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Ranked #191 of 1,980 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European, Italian, Central European
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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".
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Dominican Republic
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great food and ambiance! This is a real gem of an Italian restaurant in Florence! We had a wonderful dinner in La Giostra to celebrate my husband birthday. This small original restaurant with intimate romantic ambiance, great music, unbelievable food and excellence service it's a must go when you visit Florence. The serving staff was friendly and helpful, greet us... More

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Asheboro, North Carolina, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This place is a must. We were told about it by another American tourist and we went on to spread the word as well. It's a little off the beaten path but worth the extra couple minutes to walk. This is not a tourist spot. Menu is completely in Italian but the wait staff are great to translate and help... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We spent 10 days touring Italy, and this was our favourite meal. They gave us a free glass of prosecco and a free starter on arrival (very nice) and the mains were exquisite. We would highly recommend the beef fillet with balsamic sauce, and the carbonara. The portions are a good size, and we definitely left feeling full and happy!... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner here to celebrate my birthday. The staff was friendly and even though there was no English menu they were happy to explain any items and make recommendations. We had a lovely steak stuffed with bacon. How can you go wrong! No need to order an extra contorni, the meal came with some light portions of... More

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

They start by giving you a glass of champs and apps. the portions are good size. We had asked for recommendations on the wine and they were a great pairing with our meal. My husband and I split our meal which was perfect for us. We ordered the steak and it was actually a little much. we ordered a pasta... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Be sure to make a reservation and have a fantastic night. Celebrities and commoners will all be treated to the same great experience. Everything was made fresh, be sure to try the pear ravioli!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The food was amazing, ambiance was wonderful and service was great. Must make a reservation beforehand

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Westlake, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My daughter and I had a great dinner here while in Florence. The restaurant has a lovely glow as twinkle lights hang from the ceiling and taper candles burn (and drip) on each table as you take in all the pictures of famous people that have dined at the restaurant adorning the walls. The "prince" oversees your experience while dining... More

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new york
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13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A favorite restaurant in Florence! Delicious, authentic food with some great twists (the pear ravioli is amazing). Great value for what you get- including complimentary app and prosecco. Very romantic, dim lit, Tuscan-feeling atmosphere. The service, which included some recommendations from the owner who was walking around, was very pleasant and attentive. I wish we could have one more meal!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Great food. The pear and pecorino pasta was delicious. The steak was melt in your mouth. Generous portions we had a pasta each then shared a main, salad and desert and were very satisfied. Value for money wine choices. Complementary pro secco and spit appetisers. Great atmosphere and service. Skip the desert it was the only let down.

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