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“Go to one of the many other delightful places in Florence”
Review of La Giostra

La Giostra
Ranked #172 of 2,786 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Italian, Central European
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
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".
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We had made reservations several months in advance to come here. When we arrived they sat us at a table that was inches from the entrance door. Aside from the distraction of guests regularly opening the door as they came in and left, it was chilly. (The restaurant realizes this, and puts huge fur coverings on the seats of this particular table. This spot shouldn't even have a table, but they have apparently tried to squeeze as many tables into the place as possible.)
Needless to say, we asked to move--there were other empty tables we could see further back. The hostess said no. We made a fuss, and she said she will ask the owner, who also said no. Disgusted we were about to leave, and the only thing she offered was the possibility of another table if one of her reservations didn't show up. At that point, we decided to go to another restaurant--the city is certainly not short of excellent restaurants.
Perhaps the food here is good, I can't comment on that. But I find it insulting and rude when a restaurant acts like they are doing you a favor to let you eat there. They obviously don't value their customers.

Go somewhere else where they value your business!

4  Thank JessintheChi
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RistoranteLaGiostra, General Manager at La Giostra, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Hello,

First of all I'd like to apologize on behalf of all the staff of LA GIOSTRA.
We immediately opened an internal investigation to find out what happened that night,
and that such behavior is not eligible in our restaurant.
Anytime you or a couple of your friends are in town we would love to treat you and love you to be our guests again.

Best Regards

LA GIOSTRA
Management

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Very sad to report that this restaurant is not worth visiting. The food is average and service is lacking. The waiter was too busy flirting with every table of college girls than getting our order correct. He forgot our wine, then forgot our appetizer because he was too busy flirting with the girls at the table next to us. We saw him taking shots with at least three tables next to us-- he would offer free limoncello and jaeger to the tables of girls next to us and he himself took at least 4 shots. That would not matter if the food was good but it was average at best. He couldn't even recommend the good meals because he had no interest in us whatsoever (my husband and I were not interesting enough to him). Very sad because we had one dinner in Florence and this was not memorable in a good way.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Great service and superb food. Try the pasta with wild board, a delicacy!
If you are lucky and blessed enough to find yourself in this beautiful city, please make a stop at La Giostra. You will not regret it.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

This was one of the best recommendations we have ever had in Florence. It was so delicious, that we went back the next night. The pear ravioli was out of this world!

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Overcrowded, no (hardly) english speaking staff, food was so-so, quit expensive, very noisy groups (in this case americans), not so much atmosphere to enjoy a nice cosy (don't dream aout romantic) dinner !

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