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“Impressed without even stepping through the door!”

L'Osteria di Giovanni
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Ranked #86 of 2,808 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $118
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, 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.
Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

So I realize that this is not the typical post but I just have to say that I am SO impressed by the owner's incredible dedication to personally and thoughtfully responding to each and every review -borh positive and negative - that we are already sold and have booked our little family for dinner here tonight. Cannot wait to experience the family hospitality and culinary Tuscan delights that so many have raved about !!! See you soon....

Thank Tracey K
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2014

We love love love it! You had us laughing out loud whilst reading this! We don't really think we are doing anything exceptional by replying the reviews. We are very aware that they are actually written for other travellers, but they provide us with such enormous insight and useful information that in the past it was much harder for us to know. The very least we can do is reply! By now you will have had your meal - desperate to know if we met expectations!!

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Reviewed August 26, 2014

We visited Giovanni based on a travel recommendation. We were not disappointed. The service was exceptional, with any new waiter serving our table they were instructed what we had ordered. There were unexpected glass of prosecco, breads, limoncello, grappa, biscotti. The food was delicious except the lobster pasta. I strongly recommend this restaurant to any one travelling to florence. For 4 people including wine and beer, starters, main and dessert it was €140. best meal we had in Italy!

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Thank mayeham89
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2014

Well, you really enjoyed it which is good. We will write you a message privately to ask about the lobster pasta - when things go wrong it's really useful to understand what it is that was bad about the dish.

Thanks above all for taking time to write here - we most appreciate it.

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Reviewed August 26, 2014

Would not have found this gem of a restaurant had we not read about it on tripadvisor. Very busy on a monday night but complementary prosecco and savoury doughnuts eased the wait! Food and service were brilliant and some out of the ordinary dishes (squab etc) gave this restaurant edge over others. Cantuchi and vinsanto were a delightful way to finish an excellent meal.

Thank Nick H
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2014

We do get busy, terribly! Especially this year with less Florentines going on holiday and staying at home it has been a tour de force! Thanks for waiting it out and staying with us. We are delighted you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed August 25, 2014

So much fun. Tried to get into the restaurant the night before and Giovani said come back tomorrow for a special treat and he was right! The staff know how to spoil you with great food and always dropping off a little bit of food and wine for you to taste and sending you home with a biscotti or two just because. Feels like you are visiting a favorite Uncles house with truely home cooked, wonderful food. The experience could not have been better well maybe the grappa could have been better!

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Thank Gerri M
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2014

Oooohhh - a not so good grappa! Bother, come back, do it all again, and we'll crack open another bottle (although we really think you should be trying a limoncello too!)

Glad it worked for you -makes us all fuzzy and warm on the inside. Thanks so much for taking the time to write about us here.

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Reviewed August 25, 2014

the lobster pasta we ordered is so bad, salty, the worse one i have in my life. everything we ordered is yuck !

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Thank Greenpoint2014
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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2014

Oh dear. Everything? "Yuck"? Really everything?Your very first ever review on tripadvisor and it was all "yuck". Wow - what bad luck. Sorry - and better luck in the future ;-)

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