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“Most stunning restaurant”
Review of La Giostra

La Giostra
Ranked #164 of 2,704 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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".
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“Most stunning restaurant”
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We had dinner at la giostra after being recommended it by two different friends prior to our visit. We knew it would be good, but didn't realise it would be the best dining experience I've had. The dining room is beautifully decorated and the dark room gives off a great ambience.

The food was exemplary as we shared a t-bone steak with all the trimmings. The potatoes in particular were so good that I had to email the restaurant for the recipe (which they kindly sent over within the same day).

Could not recommend this restaurant enough. For any of my friends or family going to florence, I would make sure this is their priority in the evening. Can't wait to go back

Thank Kyle N
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Wilmington, Delaware
2 reviews
“Get the pear ravioli!”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

This is one of my absolute favorite places in Florence! It has really become popular instead of the "little hidden gem" it used to be.

The pear ravioli and the risotto dishes are amazing. It has been quite some time since I have been there and I still think about the pear ravioli and how I can replicate it at home (or try). The proseccco and appetizer plate is a nice touch when sitting down. The place is pretty expensive overall but some of those dishes are so worth it! The servers are very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list which is nice when you can decide what to get. Some do come off with a bit of an attitude, but not all. If you really love your server make sure you personally hand them the cash tip as tips are not accepted in most places and will just go back to the restaurant.

  • Visited February 2013
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Los Angeles, CA
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Very enjoyable”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

A solid 8 out of 10 for pasta (especially the pear ravioli), cosy atmosphere, good service. Would go back!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank siberianfruit
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Cameron, North Carolina
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“Delicious meal”
Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Our waiter wasn't super friendly but the meal was fabulous. There is a cover charge, but they brought everyone at the table prosecco and an platter with bruschetta and some other pâtés which I did not eat since I am vegetarian. We ordered the burratta for an antipasto. It came with honey and marmalade and was amazing. I ordered a pear tortellini for my meal which was fabulous. For dessert tiramisu is a must although the chocolate torte was pretty good as well.

Visited December 2013
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good for a special meal”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We came here for New Years Eve and had a good meal of seafood and duck. The octopus salad was excellent. However, it is very expensive and, with so many other good restaurants in Florence, it was not special enough to come again. I echo the comments abut the service being somewhat detached for what they charge

  • Visited December 2013
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