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“Superb food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Giostra

La Giostra
Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | 10/R 18/R, 50121 Florence, Italy
055 241341
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Ranked #233 of 1,967 Restaurants in Florence
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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“Superb food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This restaurant certainly is not inexpensive, but the quality of the food is excellent and the service is second to none, considering that I would classify this establishment as a "trattoria". The affettati misti is to die for and the bistecca chianina is excellent.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Suggested from a friend we visited this really centrally located restaurant.
Food is really traditional, but truly well prepared with first choice ingredients.
Wine list is really good, but price are over quoted (average 30% more expensive than other well reputed restaurant in city center)
Atmosphere is great and the staff will do their best to make you enjoy your dinner.
So a great place but... you need to pay for it.. maybe a bit too much we were a couple and left 200 Euros for the dinner.
Concluding food was great but probably i won't visit again the place in the future as i found better place.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good but expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We ate here on a Saturday evening and did not have a reservation when we showed up at 7p. They were welcoming and said they could seat us but we would have to leave by 930p which was not a problem for us.

We were welcomed with a glass of prosecco and a lovely mixed antipasti plate which were both complimentary.

After looking over the menu we realized the cheapest bottle of wine was 50 euro and most courses were in the 20 plus euro range.

We started with a lovely carpaccio which was huge covered in lovely cheese and greens and then moved on to a pasta in white sauce with truffles and a rigatoni with red sauce and beef. We did order a bottle of the red and at 50 euro was unremarkable but still good nevertheless. There is a big presentation that goes with the pouring of the wine which was amusing.

For dessert we had tiramisu which was lovely and creamy. Lovely evening, lovely restaurant though I have to say I only heard Americans speaking all around us so not sure the locals come here.

Total bill was 150 euro which was the most we paid for a meal for the two of us in 8 days.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“5 star service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Put this place on your "must" list in Florence. It has it all. The atmosphere, food, wine and amazing team effort service. My wife and I were catered to by 4 different employees throughout our entire meal. The food was some of the best that we had in all of Italy. The mood is set by candlelight and it has a very intimate feel despite always being crowded. Free appetizers and after dinner drinks are a nice touch. I will go back on my next visit to Florence and that's always the highest compliment I can give a restaurant.

Visited October 2013
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“Great food; great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Very entertaining, visually engaging place with wonderful food and a nice wine list. It's really busy and we had an early reservation; it was a lot more crowded on the way out. The food was classic and the evening most enjoyable; I would return.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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