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“Great food, great service”

L'Osteria di Giovanni
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Ranked #81 of 2,744 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $116
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Queensland, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Ate here several times during my vacation and loved it. Waiters were fun and eager to please their customers. Free prosecco each night for us. Great experience and lovely decorated place.

  • Visited April 2013
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CaterinaLatini, Proprietario at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Truly delighted that you enjoyed it. It makes our day!
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Greater Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“I can't understand the high ratings for this restaurant.”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

A large, noisy restaurant with a mix of locals and tourists. Service was efficient. We ordered a pasta to share for an entree and were charged for 2 - not that it really made a difference to our dining experience because if the food had been outstanding we would have put it down to a language issue - but when we ordered we were told that sharing the entree was fine. Entree of pasta with meat sauce was tasty but nothing special. Mains were served within about 5 minutes of me finishing entree - far too soon in my opinion. Our mains of lamb chops and suckling pig were a very large serve and came with roast potatoes. The meats were far too salty and really had no other herbs or flavour as the salt overpowered everything. As they were served so soon after our entree we struggled to finish the meal and had no interest in dessert.
We were disappointed as our expectations of a relaxed meal were not met. We felt rushed and did not find the food to be outstanding in any way. Just average.

  • Visited April 2013
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
This hurts, And it hurts more than usual. You (sir or madam) have written a lot of reviews - good and bad. We esteem your opinion - and it was poor. Food for thought. We will work on it. Come back in a couple of years and let us know!
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Simply Amazing”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

This place was awesome. It was a recommendation by the hotel and they were spot on. I rarely write reviews unless the place was either really bad or really good. This place was beyond good. Our waiter Giuseppe was wonderful. He made the experience that much better. As for the food it was heavenly. They gave us more than we could possibly eat and not once tried to rush us out of the place even after we were done. If you are in Florence and want a superb meal and great service there really isn't a place I would rather go other than Giovanni's. I can promise that when we are back here this will be our first stop.

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Help! TOO complimentary! It creates really really high expectations (sort of Disney on steroids!) WE are good, we take care. but we guarantee nothing! Come try....
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saint john
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“AMAZING!!”
Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

What an incredible meal and fantastic service. We were seated in the cellar and this gave a very special ambiance. Great value for your $.

  • Visited April 2013
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Goodness! The "cellar"! You either love it or you hate it. We originally intended it to seat our "overflow" - but people love it (below ground, vauted roofs, thousands of bottles of wine ..)- it worked for you!!! And we couldn't be happier.....
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“AWESOME!!!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Friends recommended l'Osteria and we were not dissappointed. We ate here on our first night in Florence and had a fantastic evening. Both food and service were terrific. So many good things to choose from we could not decide so our waiter picked some of the house faborites and the four of us were able to sample lots of different things including The pear ravoli sooo good. This is a must stop when in Florence.

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Thank you and thank you. We work hard and it is beyond expression to get reviews like this!
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