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“We loved this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Giostra

La Giostra
Ranked #174 of 2,676 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Duomo
Description: Twenty years ago, the Hapsburg Lorena princes decided to open a restaurant in Florence: La Giostra. The new of a noble family managing with dishes and napkins made headlines, but it was not a surprise to everyone. The friends who were accustomed to gathering around the table of the prince at the castle of Barberino Val d'Elsa, in Chianti, had often suggested him to do that. The restaurants that were supplied with olive oil, wine and other products of the family estate had always been feared of the idea ,as many of their best recipes they had drawn from the Prince own mouth.The son Soldano personally supervises the cellar, and he knew that passion would eventually infect and involve it in a full time job. The passion started in Vienna, when the grandmother used to takie the nephew in the kitchens of the castle -and the servants away-, showing him a "big magic": the sourdough of kraphens.. A fantastic spell that charmed the young prince, destined for a life to browse old manuscripts of recipes, anecdotes, and suggestions to prepare the traditional dishes of the Hapsburg Lorraine's.."The sciences are not as Minerva came all armed from the brain of Jupiter, are the daughters of time", here is the secret of La Giostra. We expect a typical kitchen and you will taste new flavors, ancient hundreds of years. The flavors of a Tuscany Lost, when still the place ,where the restaurant is now located, covered by arches sixteenth century in red brick hosted the tournament in Piazza Salvemini, that is the reason of the name . Where shiny horses rested, today there are just sixteen tables, at which sit couples in love, beautiful women, celebrity guests, sometimes entire theater companies ... All united by the love for good food and the pleasure of a refined hospitality: in a "homley", home, warm and informal.. Merit of the prince's son, first of all. Merit of flattering reviews from the specialized press. Merit of the historic chef Ubaldo Tonarelli, Florentine doc who is now joined by a number of new talents. Merit of Liliana, who every morning kneads pappardelle noodles and ravioli, bolognese style, with all the freshness of the ingredients freshly picked. A 'merry band of dispensers of joy ... "Because food is necessary and choosing is a privilege, but cooking is art".
new york, ny
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“We loved this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Funky inside! Great service. This was highly recommended by two seperate foodies in NYC. It did not disappoint. We had friends that went here every night of their stay! Wonderful fresh food.

Visited August 2012
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Brentwood, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Worth Seeking Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

A friend had recommended this place, she traveled all around Europe a few years prior, and it was her one recommendation for our entire trip. So we seeked it out, and weren't dissappointed. The atmosphere is fun inside, with a young hip decor and funky lighting. The service was great, we were welcomed right away, and were attended to very well all evening. My friend recommended we try the pear ravioli. We did, as well as a number of other dishes, and loved it all (although she was right, the pear ravioli was the highlight). But the thing that La Giostra will always and forever be known for in our household is the trigger for my husband's now addiction to high quality Limoncello. If you don't already know, Itay's restaraunts generally give you a small digestif drink at the end of your meal. We usually chose the Limoncello, but didn't think much of it. The quality is usually average since it's a freebie. However, La Giostra makes their own, and gives you a small caraf of it instead of a shotglass. We were there for an hour just sipping on their Limoncello at the end of the night because it was so good. We had a fantastic time here, and would recommend it highly. Mid-range pricing too, so it doesn't have to be a special occasion. We would have gone back during the trip if we'd had more time.

  • Visited March 2012
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New York
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“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Best food, ambiance, staff and location..
Do not miss this!
A WONDERFUL restaurant.
We were thrilled at our find while walking throughout the city.

Visited February 2013
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Milan, Italy
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“One of my favourites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Please do yourself a favour and order the Tiramisu. Food deserved a Good review, but I give Excellent for an overall charm and romanticism of this place. It has a unique atmosphere, which is so very rare in restaurants these days.

Visited December 2012
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

We ate (lunch) at La Giostra in February 2013 and it was as close as it can get to perfect, its a place that clearly shows love of food and food making, try and make some time for this place because you do not want to rush with this kind of food. Lots of choices on the menu, meat fish and pasta, traditional and more modern cooking style.
Service was very good (however we were among the first clients to walk in) and the food fantastic, even the kids ate everything (which is pretty rare).

  • Visited February 2013
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