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La Giostra

#136 of 2,009 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R, 50121, Florence, Italy
055 241341
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Cairns Region, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our Air BnB hostess (Donatella) recommended we eat here and we were very happy with her recommendation. This restaurant has a beautiful warm ambience. The service was attentive without being over the top. The sommelier was impressive in his knowledge base and perfect in the execution of decanting skills :) Complimentary Prosecco and anti pasti were quickly forthcoming once seated... More 

Thank Chris M
Sessa Aurunca, Italy
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here on recommendation of apartment owner. Place is beautiful. Some reviews said it was over priced, but we did not find that to be true. Service was excellent and food was well prepared and presented. Glass of perseco and antipasto were presented at beginning of meal gratis. Meal was not over priced. We will certainly return. Reservations are recommended.

Thank rdespirito
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice atmosphere. Very beautiful and cozy place for fine dining. We enjoyed the meal but not the fact that our credit card number was stolen here. Be sure to pay cash only.

Thank Dotty P
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is out of this world.As soon as we walked in the staff was extra nice and they made us feel like home.Im Italian and with my friends we had a mealllll lol,we had the steak fiortina and it's the best I had anywhere ,even the best steak houses I've been to.The wine no matter what price they will... More 

Thank Graceelio
Jeffersonville, Vermont, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place takes food seriously! We had no idea what we were in for, and were so impressed. First, the service was great, our waitress made some fabulous suggestions (the pear ravioli was amazing) and the decor was lovely. The whole place is a little twist on the traditional, and that only makes it more fabulous!

Thank Rosemary W
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157 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

La Giostra provided us with a great meal and a fantastic experience. We arrived at least 45 minutes late for our reservation on a Friday evening and therefore had to wait about 15 minutes for our table. This place is in such high demand that we almost expected to be turned away. Instead, during this time we were treated to... More 

Thank MontrealLouis007
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were lucky to get a table. Five courses later - I'm not sure I'll ever have a better meal. It wasn't about the food, although that was amazing, it was the whole experience

Thank Michael C
Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

45 minute wait for 8 pm reservation. Food is of poor quality. Prawn appetizer - the shrimp smelled old and tasted spoiled - could not be eaten. The steak we ordered tasted rancid and there were two different cuts hidden beneath the arugula - one way over cooked the other under cooked - the fillet was smothered in balsamic vinegar... More 

Thank Isabel H
Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here twice. Everything we have had here has been excellento! Don't order from the menu (everything is in Italian). Just ask the server to start bringing you food. Bene bene!!!

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Hong Kong, China
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

La Giostra is tucked away on a back street but don't let that put you off. Its the best restaurant in Florence. If you're looking for a place with a real buzz and atmosphere; this is the place. Its busy every night so it is essential to book. Food is amazing. Fantastic wine list. Service great.

Thank Mark B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R | Borgo Pinti, 10/12/18 R, 50121, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Duomo
  • Neighborhood: Duomo
  • Phone Number: 055 241341
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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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 as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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