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Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | 10/R 18/R, 50121 Florence, Italy
055 241341
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Ranked #279 of 1,996 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Absolutely fantastic, burrata as appetizer, extremely friendly service, perfect location. I would like to recommend this place to any friend.

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Newark, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Highly recommended by friends and did not disappoint. Great food, lovely cozy atmosphere, attentive wait staff. Perfect evening.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is a small spot with outstanding wine list and great food - the chief - owner? walks the tables and visited with each one. Very expensive but partly because of our wine choices and the food earned its price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were there in january. The dinner was exceptional. The complementary crostini with an assortment of chopped chicken livers, olive taponade, caramelized onions and sweet peppers, Everything was fresh, tasty and plentiful. And then the "osobuco" and my wife's risotto and tiramisu.... and a bottle of a great " vermentino" wine. Priced very reasonable, for food of this quality. Almost... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We enjoyed a relaxing and fun evening at La Giostra in Florence. We were greeted promptly given a nice table. Within minutes we were offered a complimentary Prosecco. The various waiters were attentive and patient speaking with us in English. Unexpected complimentary appetizer arrived. Delicious. We ordered artichoke appetizer with delicious cheeses and tomatoes. Pasta dishes were very good. One... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

First, the food was amazing. I had the steak Florentine (minimum two people) and it was perfect. It's a shame the service couldn't match it. The menu is all in Italian. No problem there, but the English-speaking waitstaff was shockingly unhelpful when I asked for help understanding. I also asked for a wine recommendations and got no help. On top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The place its a bit hidden but it is worth it. It is an Informal Chic restaurant were the owner is present and makes you a big difference. The Antipasto is generous and diverse. I tried the Ravioli de Pecorino e Pera, that were outstanding! And my husband the Scampi Paradiso that its name says it all, delicious! For desert,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Absolutely the best meal we had in Florence! We were welcomed with complimentary glasses of prosecco (yum, and thanks!). When we told the waiter we were vegetarian, instead of rolling his eyes, he suggested several options ... all incredible. We ordered the burrata starter (wow), and were surprised to receive another complimentary treat -- a vegetarian antipasto plate. The friendly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Been here 4 years ago for the first time and no other restaurant has served better burrata or tiramisu. The restaurant gives every table a complimentary antipasti plate and also portions are generous, so don't over-order. I have also tried the schnitzel here as well as a chicken dish with apple sauce, which were both excellent. You will not miss... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Returning at la Giostra is always Special, a ritual that you make every time you book a table. The antipasti, The fresh homemade pasta, the main course, oh boy and the wine. The vibe is very warm and friendly, make sure you talk to Prince Soldano (the owner) Enjoy.

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Address: Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | 10/R 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: European, Italian, Central European

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