When making one of my epic planning spreadsheets for my trip to Italy last year, there was one restaurant that nearly everyone I talked to recommended: La Giostra. These were people who either spent a ton of time in Florence during studying abroad like Staci, passed through the city, or had heard from a friend of a friend about the well-known Florentine dining destination.
This was the only place in the entire trip that we made a reservation for before we even left the States. Boy, am I glad we did! Even a few weeks prior to the trip, the restaurant was almost fully booked at all hours every day. Luckily, we scored a 9:30 p.m. spot during our second night in Florence. Even though we were exhausted from a full day of eating (hey, no judgments!), we managed to stay awake long enough to enjoy a full four-course meal including complimentary champagne and a bowl of the most amazing creamy burrata that this bitch has ever had.
From the moment that we entered the cozy and romantic space, I knew we'd be in for a treat.
The twinkle lights along the ceiling and pictures of celebrities with the chef covering literally every inch of wall gave the space an intimate and down-home feel, even though I knew the menu vibe was sorta fancy.
The famed pear ravioli did not disappoint, and the aforementioned burrata was a true highlight. If you're planning on eating a nice meal in Florence (and really, why wouldn't you be?) GO TO LA GIOSTRA! Trust me and literally everyone else who's ever been there. I mean, just look at this food!
Even our walk home was utterly charming because duh -- Florence.
Take me back!