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About Us

Fabio Viviani grew up poor on the west side of Florence. Often, the only entertainment his family could afford was a visit to the Giostra – a magical old carousel in Piazza della Repubblica. This town square was a gathering place for people from all walks of life, where everyone felt welcome.

In that spirit, Fabio Viviani Hospitality is pleased to bring South Barrington Giostra – an old-school Italian restaurant featuring the simple, classic dishes Fabio grew up on. With recipes passed down from his mother and grandmother.

Step inside our doors and experience the welcoming atmosphere of Old Florence. Enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive wine list, many procured through Fabio’s lifelong connections. Have some pasta. Eat!

For Giostra is not just close to Fabio’s home here in South Barrington. It’s close to his heart.

A reminder of his early days, riding the family’s old Vespa to work in the back of the city’s finest restaurants and bakeries.
And a chance to share with others the food, and traditions, he loves the most.