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La Giostra

#273 of 2,020 Restaurants in Florence
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European, Italian, 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine

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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
Most recent review
Nice dinner in Florence

My friend and I had a great meal at La Giostra. As soon as we sat down they gave us each a glass of prosecco on the house. Shortly after, they brought us a plate of appetizers, also on the house. I ordered a Caprese salad and their famous pear ravioli. It was delicious. For dessert, I had their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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155 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

My friend and I had a great meal at La Giostra. As soon as we sat down they gave us each a glass of prosecco on the house. Shortly after, they brought us a plate of appetizers, also on the house. I ordered a Caprese salad and their famous pear ravioli. It was delicious. For dessert, I had their famous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Both the food and service were delicious! It's a 5 course meal, so get ready to be Stuffed! but it's well worth it - not only for the taste, but for the experience. You are welcomed into the restaurant with a glass of prosecco, and they also provide a sampling of appetizers as well. The service and taste were unforgettable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

ive been here several times. Each time is unique. Summers bustle and winters are cozy. This time was a warm winter evening. I had the Osso buco and the grilled Vegies with paper thin reggiano. Lovely! Now as for Soldano, yes, he is the main attraction! Charm, warmth and concern for your experience. I loved being in the midst of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We LOVED our experience at La Giostra just last week!!! It was well worth the splurge for the impeccable service and wonderful food and drinks!! We think there is a huge difference in Florentine restaurants from medium to great and this was one of those "great" restaurants!! We will definitely be back!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I had been here back in 2006 and was not impressed, but we had a great time this time around. The free appetizers, glasses of Prosecco and Limoncello were very welcomed. I had Risotto with shrimp and my sister had their famed ravioli. We also shared an order of beef carpaccio. Everything was delicious. The service was top-notch and I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

La Giostra was recommended to us, and did not disappoint, but was quite expensive - in part due to price, and in part due to over ordering (everyone in the party does not need to order all courses). The atmosphere, service and food were all good -- cozy, warm, tasty, and the waitresses knew what they were doing and made... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This place has pretty good food. The prawns were great! The space is even better and what I mean by that is that the atmosphere is GREAT

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We have seen good reviews about this place and chose it for our new year dinner. Unfortunately food is regular, place is old and dark (not retro and comfortable) and prices are really high. It became a place where only tourists go I guess. There weren't ny locals and all the people eating there was noisy Americans with little kids.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We were told about this place by my cousin in Spain so we booked a table - just as well as the restaurant filled up and turned people away! Greeted with a glass of champagne and a plate of antipasto - on the house! Absolutely delicious! Had risotto with prawns & veges and pennette with gorgonzola, pear & pistachios, then... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Warm, friendly atmosphere and absolutely phenomenal dinner. Don't miss the ravioli with pecorino and pear and fresh pasta with truffles.

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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: European, Italian, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, 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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