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La Giostra

Borgo Pinti 10/18 Rosso | Vicino al duomo, piazza salvemini, e piazza Santa Croce, facilmente raggiungibile a piedi., 50121, Florence, Italy
+39 055 241341
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  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Borgo Pinti 10/18 Rosso | Vicino al duomo, piazza salvemini, e piazza Santa Croce, facilmente raggiungibile a piedi., 50121, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had hoped to write this shortly after we ate at La Giostra, but life kept getting in the way. I knew it would be easy to remember though. We ate here after many recommendations from friends in the states. The decor, atmosphere, and genuine...More

Thank CosmicDadBrad
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I will be brief... This place was great, from start(ers) to finish with grappa.(not my drink, but a nice gesture). Ambiance is outstanding, waiters were attentive & food is delicious. This isn’t a place you can order pizza. It’s on the higher end, but prices...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great ambiance, nice decor in the famous La Giostra near the Dome delicious taste and excellent osso bucco with sauce and vegetables; perfect service, good wines.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Colleagues recommended this restaurant prior to our trip to Florence and it was the highlight of our trip. Great service, great food and great wine. The staff are super helpful and shout out to Christina! A little touristy but this is central Florence! Much better...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Originally had early dinner reservations but missed them due to unforeseen circumstances but decided to still give it a try for a late dinner (~10pm), it turned out to be the best decision! They were able to seat us within 15 mins and as mentioned...More

Thank Karla G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by a few friends from the States. We were concerned this might be too touristy, and we were right. Overall, the food was fine but nothing to write home about. We had much better meals at other trattorias in...More

Thank Freedom574564
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great meal here. The food was excellent as was the staff and service! On the night we went all of the guests seemed to be American which concerned us that it was going to be touristy. This was not that case at...More

Thank ebmk999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect service, very good food and The atmosphere were good, The staff seeme to wanna be there and The place is super cosy. Dont miss this in florence

Thank Zaya K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far, the best meal we have had in Florence. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was incredible! We had prosciutto and melon, pesto gnocchi, steak and sea bass. All were excellent! We finished our meal with the best cheesecake we have...More

Thank George M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made a reservation at La Giostra on the recommendation of my husband’s work colleague and it did not disappoint. While the tables are close together and the space is relatively small, we enjoyed the ambiance. We were welcomed with a glass of prosecco and...More

Thank Jamie I
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by
an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city.
The historic center is characterized by the immensity
of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the
brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does
not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni
Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is
enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city
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September 10, 2017|
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Response from Dash S | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Open for lunch Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.30
September 25, 2016|
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Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
It is a short cab ride or a long walk. It is right around the corner from the Teatro Della Pergola. You should be able to mapquest that and see where it is located. It is a great restaurant, enjoy!
August 10, 2016|
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$50 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Borgo Pinti 10/18 Rosso | Vicino al duomo, piazza salvemini, e piazza Santa Croce, facilmente raggiungibile a piedi., 50121, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Duomo
  • Neighborhood: Duomo
  • Phone Number: +39 055 241341
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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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