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“Fine dining, very friendly service”

L'Osteria di Giovanni
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Ranked #79 of 2,722 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $112
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Duomo
Description: At L’Osteria di Giovanni we not only maintain strict allegiance to traditional Tuscan dishes (including many antique recipes that are not commonly used these days), but we also experiment with new flavours and combinations, whilst remaining faithful to local and season produce. Popular new dishes include smoked duck breast on rocket salad and dressed in balsamic vinaigrette, tortelli stuffed with pear and pecorino, with leek and paprika sauce, pici with sausage and kale, and lamb slow-cooked with artichokes. We stronly believe that your restaurant experience should be unique and satisfying on every front. We look forward to welcoming you one day to L'Osteria di Giovanni.
Manila, Philippines
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“Fine dining, very friendly service”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Food were very good, we had Sirloin steak, Ravioli, Goat cheese & egg plant, fresh fish of the day, and everything were cooked in perfection. The restaurant was full of tourists and locals.
The owner, Mr. Giovanni was very friendly, even gave us free Biscotti to go.
Our server Mr. Favio was the best server I have ever encountered. He serves with a big smile on his face, and that smile never left his face.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Pancho F
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CaterinaLatini, Proprietario at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Big smiles are important! We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for taking the time to talk about it. We hope to see you again one day - do stay in touch via our facebook page.
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“Outstanding , unbelievable food , ambience , service , the very BEST !!!”
Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

What an awesome restaurant !! The BEST food I have ever tasted !! Excellent charm , brilliant service & the whole ambience was outstanding , I highly recommend this fabulous restaurant , if I had to ever choose my last meal , it would have to come from L'Osteria Di Giovanni !!!!!!

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CaterinaLatini, Proprietario at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Goodness - a rather tragic but wonderful thought. We hope that you come and eat again, even if it isn't your last meal on earth!
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Ashton,MD
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“The dining highlight of our trip”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Hands down, the best meal we had during our 10 days in Italy. A glass of prosecco as we were seated was a nice touch. Following a wonderful antipasto, three of us had the Fiorentine steak and two the Osso Bucco. Fried artichokes and roasted potatoes on the side. Everything was delicious. The staff was great, warm and friendly, guiding us through an unhurried evening. Mostly locals - a good sign! - the night we were there. After dessert, we had tastes of grappa, limocello and a bay-leaf liquor. On our way out, we were given complimentary bags of cantuccini (biscotti in the US) and bottles of vin santo to take home. These biscotti were simply the best I have ever tasted. A most memorable meal in a delightful city.

  • Visited March 2013
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CaterinaLatini, Proprietario at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
You touched our hearts with your review. You loved our food/service and you loved our city. Glorious! Thank you so much for coming and perhaps we might meet again one day.
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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“Trip Advisor recommendations were spot on!”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

After reading the fabulous reviews we decided to try and find this restaurant as it was not too far from our hotel - well, what a find! The service and the food were both excellent, we enjoyed sirloin steak and grilled lamb for our main courses and for dessert we tried the pears in red wine and the chocolate brownie and were not disappointed! As mentioned in other reviews, we were also treated to complimentary glasses of prosecco, appetisers, vegetable soup, vin santo with biscotti, and limoncello and bay leaf liquers to try at the end of the meal, which were gratefully enjoyed! It's a shame that this was our last night in Florence otherwise we would certainly have returned. I would recommend anyone looking for an authentic Tuscan restaurant to enjoy the fantastic hospitality laid on by Giovanni and his family...it reminded us very much of our favourite Italian restaurant back home - Villa Romana in Fareham!

  • Visited March 2013
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CaterinaLatini, Proprietario at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
We are so pleased that you enjoyed it so much - a look forward to a return visit. Perhaps one day we might make it to check out your favourite restaurant in the UK!
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Leland, Mississippi
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“Foodie's Favorite in Florence”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I had hoped to eat like a queen every single day of our trip to Italy. I definitely got to eat delicious food at every meal, but only three meals stood out as exceptional through and through. Giovanni's was one of them.

I couldn't get over the flavors of the Ribollita or the Picci with sausage and kale. the Osso Bucco was also delicious (although I'd eaten too many other things and was too full to truly enjoy it).

there is a cover charge that covers water, a glass of Prosecco, biscotti, and an apertiv, so just know that as you plan your meal and if you're on a budget.

  • Visited March 2013
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CaterinaLatini, Proprietario at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Delighted that you had such a great dining experience with us. Whilst our cover charge is just that (a standard practice in Italy) we do have the bad habit of throwing in all kinds of tastes of this and tastes of that just because we feeli like it - but it is in now way a "standard package". Spot on with your recommendation that we are not for budget meals. Come back again one day!
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