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La Cucina del Garga

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Via San Zanobi 33r, 50129, Florence, Italy
+39 055 475286
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Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Montreal, Canada
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The location around the block from our hotel was really great. Our reservation was for 7:30 but at 7:05 they still didn't open, seems like there was a lot of people waiting so they opened and let us all in :) The decor was very cool and hip but somewhat different depending on the room you are in. Started with... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this restaurant 3 years ago and had had a great meal, so visited again the other night, only to be disappointed that it seems to have lost its 'mojo, somewhere along the line. The menu choices were very limited as were the wine list. The wine we ordered was not available and we heard at least 4 other... More 

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Thank Keyless
England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was fantastic, the service was good for Italy. A lot of the reviews on here that have issue with the service seems to be from Americans who are clearly not used to European style service; we are and had no issue with the service we received. If you are looking for a unique meal in a creative setting... More 

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Thank Jimmy3161
Tampa, Florida
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is like an art museum. The walls are covered in beautiful paintings and sculptures are displayed in many corners. The staff are very engaging and start you with a free glass of prosecco and interesting an interesting Chiefs appetizer. The food is excellent and the service is special. What else is there to say but go there if... More 

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Thank Gary M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a big fan of the service or food. I'm actually very surprised to be rating anything but a 5 out of 5 based on the recommendations. We both felt the food was good but not exceptional, maybe we ordered the wrong items. We've visited many other local non-tourist restaurants that were much more welcoming. It's a huge pet peeve... More 

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Severna Park, Maryland
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9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended to go to this restaurant by our hotel. The service was terrible. No one seemed to care. It took over two hours to get our food. No one was there to get us water or give someone a beer. They ignored us and looked the other way. Food portion for expensive appetizer offered 3 small shrimp on... More 

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1 Thank Kathy R
adriello2002, Owner at La Cucina del Garga, responded to this review

Dear Kathy R From your review it sounds like you experienced a horrible 2+ hours dinner with no water or beer on the table with expensive small portioned food where everybody was ignoring you. However, since I personally execute and overview all the aspect of the service, I must rectify some of your assumptions. First let me say that you... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful restaurant, incredible food and attentive staff! enjoy their dinning experience, make sure to see him:.

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Thank sameerpandey780
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to only write second reviews for the same restaurants only if the food has drastically changed, and this place has but not for the better. This place went from one of the best steaks in Florence to perhaps the worst we've had. We come to Florence 3-4 times a year and this is one of our regular spots.... More 

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Thank Matthew F
adriello2002, Owner at La Cucina del Garga, responded to this review

Dear Matthew F I am very sorry to read your feedback here on the TripAdvisor community but I guess this is part of my job. Let me apologize if this last time you came we didn't meet your exception but from an old loyal customer like you I was expecting a little bit more sincerity the moment I walked you... More 

Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Loved this place my first visit and loved it again this time round. Food and service is perfect. Love the interior of this place too. Food is 5/5

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Knysna, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

We had read great reviews, so booked in advance and were expecting a really fantastic meal. The complementary prosecco and little antipasti were a nice touch. We had the calamari and avocado salad - tasty but not spectacular. The pasta with the orange zest was delicious. The ossobuco alla Fiorentina was tender but cold and the meat flavourless: at 24... More 

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2 Thank Heidi T
adriello2002, Owner at La Cucina del Garga, responded to this review

Hello Hedi T thank you for the review, it is always important for me to listen to valuable customers opinions like yours. I am so happy you enjoyed the prosecco and the little antipasti (nice touch), the calamari and avocado salad (tasty), the pasta with orange zest (delicious) and the cheese cake (very good). I am so sorry for the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$45 - $67
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via San Zanobi 33r, 50129, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > San Lorenzo
  • Neighborhood: San Lorenzo
  • Phone Number: +39 055 475286
Description
"La Cucina del Garga" arrived on the Florence restaurant scene when Chef Alessandro Gargani returned from an 8 year run as Executive Chef in New York City's famous "Mezzogiorno Restaurant" in SOHO. It is there that he practiced his craft, honed his recipes and started his family. From an early age, his parents Sharon Oddson and Giuliano Gargani AKA "Il Garga" had instilled in him their passion for food and art. In 2010, he returned to his hometown to continue the family tradition born at The Trattoria in Via del Moro and then brought here to Via San Zanobi.
The restaurant is an art gallery as well as showcase where talented local artists have the opportunity to show their work and customers can purchase paintings or sculptures to enrich their own private collections.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in San Lorenzo

Neighborhood Profile
San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind stalls with an array of products in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to fall in love with this area and in particular, with its variety of food, especially those focusing on Florentine dishes as well as international selections. Nobody leaves San Lorenzo without a shopping bag in hand or with an empty stomach.
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