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Ristorante La Giostra

Borgo Pinti 10/18/R, 50121, Florence, Italy
+39 055 241341
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“meat ravioli” (155 reviews)
“antipasti” (140 reviews)
“tiramisu” (123 reviews)
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PMAll hours
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Borgo Pinti 10/18/R, 50121, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 5 days ago

One of the best meals I had in Florence. The atmosphere is so cozy, warm and inviting. The food was outstanding. I’m not sure if we had a special Christmas menu. The menu is not in English, but with our server’s help, and recommendations, we...More

Thank James F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not a good experience 👎 Very expensive, incorrect menu, no traditional touscan food If like the touscan kitchen, and I love it, this place s not the one I asked for "selezione di salumi di cinta" accurate selection of prosciutto and more from a famous...More

Thank Andrea C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Is it just me or does anyone else find dining in Italy totally overhyped? This restaurant was recommended to me & once again I come out of a restaurant in Italy feeling extremely underwhelmed. The ambience in the restaurant was nice. Good lighting, cosy feel....More

Thank baby_boy_11
Reviewed 1 week ago

So good, I ate here twice in the same week! My first and extremely enjoyable dinner meal experience. It's a busy place and rightfully so, lock down your reservations ASAP. You come in as a tourist, but with the ambiance, the food, service, you walk...More

Thank jazzedup1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were extremely disappointed, this was such a remarkably bad meal. It does not deserve the ranking on tripadvisor- the food and service were very low quality

Thank ASBorgman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Over-cocked pasta with over-fat souse? Come visit La Giostra... Che pecato... Good and fast service in restaurant room but very poor kitchen. Only antipasti deserve to be eaten - at least at our evening. Oh, almost forgot - it’s expensive.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I arrived in Florence after a long day of travel and were looking for a restaurant to eat at that was close to our Airbnb. We walked two blocks and saw this restaurant was open and that the menu was only in...More

Thank PayM90
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our last night in Florence and man we ended it with a Bang! it was our anniversary so we wanted something a little more high end and boy did this hit the mark. it was michelin rated and was in line with the...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Without a doubt, one of the best experience in Florence! Its a must if you are in Florence. The food was gorgeous, i am sure I was served extra white truffle :) Service was flawless and ever so friendly. The feather on the cap was...More

Thank 2leo2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The chef is such a character, he comes out to take your order himself, and then prepares the most delicious Italian meal you’ve ever had. He hand makes all of the pasta himself every morning, and helps you with the menu. Just tell him what...More

Thank Nicole K
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11 September 2017|
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Response from Dash S | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Open for lunch Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.30
26 September 2016|
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Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
It is a short cab ride or a long walk. It is right around the corner from the Teatro Della Pergola. You should be able to mapquest that and see where it is located. It is a great restaurant, enjoy!
10 August 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Borgo Pinti 10/18/R, 50121, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence
  • Phone Number: +39 055 241341
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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".
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