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“Fine Tuscan Dining” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of TRATTORIA GIOVANNI

TRATTORIA GIOVANNI
Ranked #70 of 2,660 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $38
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Santo Spirito / San Frediano
Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Fine Tuscan Dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

My habit is to only review the places that my wife and I have found to be very good. Trattoria Giovanni is at the high end of that spectrum. This place is new and is spotless. That is obviusly due to Giovanni's (owner?) efforts. The setting is rustic and intimate with a kind of modern feel. There is very little English spoken or understood here. Reservations are important. But, my wife and I are in an apartment around the corner and walked in on a whim at 6:30 on a Saturday. Giovanni explained in Italian that the front room was reserved for a large party, but that we could come back at 7 and dine as long as the table would be free by 9:30. We took him up on his offer and were the first people in the restaurant. Within 20 minutes the place filled up with diners under the same understanding. In a couple of cases Giovanni asked me to translate.

We had marinated herring, ribollita, house chianti, aqua minerale, wild boar with polenta, country style steak with lard, side of roasted potatoes, and an amazing tiramisu. The bill with everything (including tip) was 72 euro. As we were about to leave, Giovanni came to the table and asked if we would like some grappa. We took him up on his offer and finished off a cena meraviglosa. Warm, friendly, unobtrusive service and fine carefully prepared food. We are halfway through a one month stay and this has been our best meal out. Good enough that we already made our reservation for Easter dinner. Buon appetito!

Visited April 2014
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Madrid, España
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A must for real Tuscany/Florentine cooking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

Owned by Giovanni, this restaurant (trattoria) with a not very original name is actually the best place we had the chance to have food at Florence. Taking in account that we spent time researching other places I have to say we were very surprised (and pleased) that this place was also the cheapest of all of our trials.

Slighty away (but at a walking distance) from the most touristic areas of Florence, Trattoria Giovanni reaches excellence in its preparations and freshness of their produce.

As explained by the owner, they do not have a freezer in the restaurant. Everything they recieve is fresh and ready to be cooked. Of the 5 dishes we ordered in total, all of them were superb. The papardelle, the lingua (tongue), the beans... everything exceeded our expectations. The wine list is not long but has a nice selection.

The pictures in TripAdvisor might not do justice to the local. It is small and has no major intentions, but it is cosy, clean, well decorated and with dim, smooth lighting. It is also not a noisy place.

A must if you want to avoid tourist traps and have the best food in Florence for a fraction of the price!.

  • Visited April 2014
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Magnifico!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

Eaten at various Michelin starred places...... the food here was just as good if not better. Absolutely fantastic!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank MBZDR
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“Amazing food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

I was a bridesmaid at my friends wedding in Florence and her friend took me to this amazing trattoria . The food is to die for, we had suckling pig almost every night. We met the owner and his daughter. . They were both so friendly. We highly recommend the food and the experience. . We are there every night . Loved it. Miss Barbados.

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Thank Feridaf
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“fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

We visited this restaurant on the first night of our holiday,the welcome we got was unbleiveable. The service the food the atmosphere all first class. They found out it was my wifes birthday and the whole place sung happy birthday. we would have returned but it was closed the next day for refurbishment. thank you for everything.

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