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Ristorante La Giostra

Borgo Pinti 10/18/R, 50121, Florence, Italy
+39 055 241341
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“meat ravioli” (157 reviews)
“antipasti” (141 reviews)
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Opens in 20 min
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Borgo Pinti 10/18/R, 50121, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 21 September 2015

This is not just about having amazing food, but about having a beautiful experience with friends and family or just a romantic evening out. The staff here are so attentive to detail. They were knowledgeable about what I could and couldn't have because of my...More

Thank JusticM
Reviewed 20 September 2015

La Giostra was recommended by our contact for our apartment rental. Our group of 10 showed up w/out any reservation and they readily accommodated us. They provided complimentary champagne and appetizer which we greatly appreciated. We started with some additional appetizers which they made larger...More

Thank terpfamily
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Reviewed 20 September 2015

La Giostra serves incredible pasta dishes in Florence. They serve much more than pasta but we never make it past the pastas since they are so well done with seasonal ingredients that are to die for. We had a pear tortellini that was absolutely delicious....More

Thank Scott G
Reviewed 19 September 2015

The food here is wonderful. It's a cramped restaurant that is just packed to the seams with a cozy ambience that says you're in Italy, go ahead and eat! We had seven in our party and shared everything.However, we are not big meat eaters. On...More

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Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

We went to La Giostra because a local friend recommended it. It was a good thing we reserved in advance because they were very busy and we still had to wait 30 min for our table. The staff was kind and served us complimentary prosecco...More

Thank Sep B
Reviewed 18 September 2015

We made reservations for opening time, seven. We were greeted very cordially and received complimentary Prosecco and a series of delicious appetizers. The service was fantastic and the meal was excellent. Nice ambiance.

Thank bertha1976
Reviewed 18 September 2015

We came here for a 'special' holiday meal and it was an excellent choice. La Giostra is a Florentine establishment, full of history and character. It has been modernised tastefully, and the net of fairy lights that cover the brickwork arches above you don't feel...More

Thank jgp1991
Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

We visited La Giostra for our honeymoon and it was a great experience! The long dinners are still something we need to get used to, so if you are looking for a quick bite, this isn't the place for you. I suggest making a reservation,...More

Thank Sadaf B
Reviewed 17 September 2015

La Giostra in the Santa Croce district is a starred restaurant in Fodor's Essential Italy. It's a charming looking place and had the advantage of being air-conditioned. Only a few people were there for lunch on a Thursday at 1 pm. The friendly waitress brought...More

Thank McGillMomAlbany
Reviewed 16 September 2015

This was a fantastic meal. There's a reason there's a line why it's packed with both tourists AND locals. The service and food were both abundant and impeccable. The servers were very patient, professional and took care of our every need, even to go through...More

Thank mab4212
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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!
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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
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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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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