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“One of the best in Florence”

L'Osteria di Giovanni
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Ranked #74 of 2,712 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $112
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of the best in Florence”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Our waiter Massimo was great! We were welcomed with champagne & fried pasta! We had the meat & cheese antipasta. The ricotta cheese was the best I've ever had. You could tell it was homemade. I would of been happy with just a bowl of it. My tuna steak was yummy. The lemon cake with gelato was incredible.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank angelmarie14
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Ricotta is a hugely misunderstood cheese abroad - and ours from a local supplier has a wonderful flavour and texture that you will never find in the processed version. Glad that you noticed. And how can lemon cake and ice cream not be yummy - absolutely impossible! We are so pleased that you enjoyed it - stay with on our facebook page for news and updates.
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful food, friendly staff”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

One of the best restaurants we ate at in Italy. The food was magnificent, and the wait staff were very attentive! You must visit this restaurant while you are in Florence!!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Nicole A
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Short and to the point. Love it. Thank you!
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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Quite pleased”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Hi all, Just had dinner for three at this restaurant which I found through TripAdvisor! We walked there from Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini (yes, quite a mouthful). The place was busy and people were standing outside waiting to get seated. I walked in and the nice lady said 30 minutes - I said "shall I leave my name?". "No need, I will remember you." We took a walk around the area, came back and were seated. Service was fabulous, our waiter was nice and entertaining...at one point, my hubby spilled his wine and the waiter came out. cleaned up, replaced the wine glass, and placed a clean napkin where the wine spilled on his side of the table........and the food was fantastic. We order the goat cheese salad and homemade pasta with tomato sauce (one order and shared between the three of us). Oh, did I mentioned they served this great fried bread (reminded me of my mom's fried bread - filipino-style!). They gave us two orders of this - addictive.

Our main entree was the Bistecca alla Fiorentina (we ordered it raw which is the same as rare) - the waiter convinced us to order a bit larger! It's 2lbs and we got 3lbs, and we ate most of it. It was nicely seared on the outside and tender overall. A great flavor. It does come with potatoes but hardly touched them. We did order battered deep-fried squash blossoms - very tasty. Also order an nice organic chianti. We declined dessert but they served their biscotti with a sweet dessert wine. They suggested to dunk the biscotti in the wine! It was actually refreshing.

I say - go to this restaurant ---- it's worth it!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank nola51
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
What a great way to start a review - by saying "hi" to all the people who will be reading your comment! Fantastic. We are glad you enjoyed your meal so much - and had a new experience dunking biscotti in vin santo! And you are right deep fried bread dough coccole are hugely addictive - but ssoooo good.
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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A good meal made excellent by the care of the staff”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

For a last dinner in Florence, I found this restaurant on Tripadvisor and emailed to see if they could fit in a table of seven that evening. The owner emailed right back and luckily they had room. It's in a small side street, but inside it's very nice. The staff all seemed to be having a great time serving people dinner, which made it a great experience. We ordered potatoes as a primi for one of my daughters because she doesn't do gluten, and after that they brought her gluten-free bread, told her every dish with and without gluten, and brought her gluten-free cake and cookies at the end- all without us mentioning anything else. The look on her face when they kept bringing her things she could eat made the whole dinner special. Dinner was good too- not the most spectacular food ever, or even in Florence, although it was quite tasty- but the service made the experience.

Visited July 2013
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Thank D C
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
We are pleased that you had a wonderful experience. We note your comments about the food and whilst you are most kind, we will certainly take note of the comments. Daughters that don't do gluten should have a good evening too - so we were pleased to be able to take care of that one! Thank you for taking the time to comment.
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing Food best part of tuscany!!!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We were looking for a nice hotel as our B&B manager mentioned that the one we had chosen was very touristy. After looking through reviews we found this little gem! Upon arrival even though we had no reservation we arrived early (7pm) we were seated immendiately. Our waiter was fantastic! They immediately brought us prosecco and fried bread which were amazing and unexpected. Upon looking at the menu and speaking to waiter we found a lot of the food is house specials so ask!!!! We did the traditional tuscan feast with appertizer, first course, second course, and dessert. We ordered a bruschetta and cold cut platter first which was fantastic!! We split our first course which was curried cheese ravioli and this reminded me so much of indian food but was still so good. We each got individual meals for second course which i believe was steak and pork medalions but it seemed they did nothing bad even my fiancee who hates steak loved theirs! And dessert we ordered before we knew about the biscotti and house wine, we ordered tiramasu, but they give you complementary house wine and biscotti. All and all everything was delicious and we would definitely go back next time we are in florence that is.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Caty F
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us, and that your fiancé loved his steak!It is very satisfying to convert people! We hope that one day you will come back.
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