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La Cucina del Garga

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San Lorenzo
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Via San Zanobi 33r, 50129, Florence, Italy
+39 055 475286
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Ucluelet, Canada
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's easy to miss this place, no big signs and in on an out of the way street, but what a find!! Recommended by our Air bnb host we sought it out. I'm no food critic, so I can't describe the dishes we had in detail, but I can say I didn't want to leave. Great wine recommendation, the pasta... More 

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Southern Pines, North Carolina
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our driving tour guide recommended this place and it didn't disappoint. We did have reservations and we were seated in a cozy dining room in the back of the restaurant. The decor in this place is very artsy and eclectic, but still some traditional Florentine feel to it. The walls are covered with murals and a crazy array of nicknacks.... More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Delicious, innovative food--very artsy atmosphere. A bit pricey, which we wouldn't have minded if service was decent. Waitress was rude and couldn't be bothered.

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Nice combination of art and food. Kids were very happy drawing on the tablecloths (as the restaurant wants) - and food was lovely. Highly recommended. But service was somewhat slow.

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Los Angeles, California
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74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

This restaurant was highly recommended by our hotel staff.. We are glad we dinned here. its not centrically located, but everything in Florence is at a near distance. The decoration is very artistic. The chef is also a painter.. Food is really good. We had the Salmon. they offer great variety of local wines. Service is great!

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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

My wife took me here for my birthday , it's a very quirky place and the staff are very nice , the food was very good quality especially the octopus , they have pens on the table and you can draw on the table cloths

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Greenhithe, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews I decided to take my husband for his birthday meal. The dishes are very large and the service was friendly and welcoming. The octopus with beans was delicious and drawing on the tables was great. All in all a good evening.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Listen, I don't say this lightly and it took me 10 minutes to set up my account to post this. THIS WAS THE BEST MEAL I HAVE EVER HAD!!! The restaurant is amazing, the staff is better and the food is so good it's hard to explain. I'll be back tomorrow and may take a trip back from Rome next... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

I’ve been there twice. First time was 2012 and it was my last night in Florence. At the end of the night I was kind of sad because I couldn’t come here again to taste magnificent cheesecake. I guess I wish very deep in my heart cause last summer I had a chance to visit Garga again. Last time they... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful little place! We were greeted with glasses of prosecco, and it only got better from there. My wife and I split a bottle of wine, and each got pasta dishes that were delicious. Then we splurged on cheesecake for dessert - honestly the best cheesecake we've ever had. Not too sweet, which is a nice change from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$43 - $64
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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
"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

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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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