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“Fabulous food and great atmosphere”

L'Osteria di Giovanni
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Ranked #125 of 2,989 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 29 - US$ 114
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Duomo
Description: At L’Osteria di Giovanni we not only maintain strict allegiance to traditional Tuscan dishes (including many antique recipes that are not commonly used these days), but we also experiment with new flavours and combinations, whilst remaining faithful to local and season produce. Popular new dishes include smoked duck breast on rocket salad and dressed in balsamic vinaigrette, tortelli stuffed with pear and pecorino, with leek and paprika sauce, pici with sausage and kale, and lamb slow-cooked with artichokes. We stronly believe that your restaurant experience should be unique and satisfying on every front. We look forward to welcoming you one day to L'Osteria di Giovanni.
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We didn't discover L'Osteria di Giovanni until our last night, which was 29 August, so only had one meal there.
Matteo was our waiter and he spoke good English. The menu had a wide and varied choice and he then reeled off several other specials. What was nice was that we weren't pushed into having too much food, we had thought about starter, pasta dish and a main, but he told us to wait until after the pasta dish and then decide, how right he was. We were not over faced with the portions, but there was plenty. We couldn't decide on the Anipasti or tomato and bread soup, Matteo brought us the Anipasti and then a free sample of the soup, which was delicious. All the food was delicious and even though the restaurant was quite big a queue formed at the door, our suggestion is go early or book. We were never rushed to finish, in fact we were also given a free lemon sorbet and biscotti at the end even though people were waiting. This is not a cheap evening out, but is well worth the visit.

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

We are very used to people getting a little overwhelmed by the thought of so many flavours and new dishes to try, so we regularly help people pace their meal! We want people to walk home, not roll!

We are truly delighted that you enjoyed your meal and we hope that one day we might see you again.

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

This place was absolutely spectacular! Great service and food. Gave us all complimentary appetizers and desserts too. Would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Good to hear. Thanks so much for choosing us and we hope to see you again one day.

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Reviewed 24 August 2017

We enjoyed a very nice lunch here. The service was warm and gracious. The selection of food and wine was very good. The location was very central. Will return.

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

And we look forward to that day! Thanks so much for taking the time to write here.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

We wanted to try this place since it was recommended to us and had great reviews. It's actually quite a large place and can seat a lot of people. However, when we got there, the host took us to the basement where it was this tiny room in a wine cellar. Like, it was literally four tables in a small wine cellar. He asked us if this was okay and whether it would work for us; I wasn't really into eating in an enclosed basement so I declined, to which he responded with a bad job of hiding his displeased reaction, but he did then take us back upstairs to a normal table in the normal space. Why did he want to stick us in the basement in the first place? I dunno. Anyways, from then on we had some good food and service - got the Florentine steak which we liked. Besides the weird seating experience in the beginning, the rest was fine. It's a nice place.

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

You will forgive us we hope. Let us try to explain. When someone walks in through the door (whether they have booked or not) we have literally seconds to try and access what seating area would most suit them. And what experience they are looking for. Literally seconds. We think we are pretty good at it, but obviously we are not 100% right.

You correctly observed that we are quite a large restaurant (by Florentine standards!) with 5 distinct rooms, each with it's own feel and ambience.

Our cellar is a truly Florentine experience, vaulted ceilings and thousands of bottles of wine. No confusion, a dedicated waiter and the opportunity to meet other people with a low background noise. We have many bookings specifically for the cellar! Then upstairs some good-hearted Itailian chaos mostly reigns. We try and fit people into the space that we think best suits them.

We assure you that it makes no difference to us where you eat, it does make a difference to us whether you enjoy your experience or not.

And we think that in the end you did. And that makes us really happy!

Thanks so much for choosing us.

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Fantastic experience at this restaurant. The setting and décor are lovely and the staff are friendly. But it is the food that makes this place special. My wife and I both had steak which was the best I've ever eaten. Even the free biscotti at the end of the meal was delicious! We made reservations but there were plenty of walk ins while we were there. A must visit of you are going to Florence.

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CaterinaLatini, Owner at L'Osteria di Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

We are delighted you enjoyed it! We hope you might come back one day and taste maybe a different meat dish - they are some really good ones!

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