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“Totally fabulous and wonderful people”

La Cucina del Garga
Ranked #170 of 2,850 Restaurants in Florence
Price range: $47 - $71
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Lorenzo
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.
Reviewed June 15, 2013

One of the best things is that they offer gluten free options for everything, even the pasta and bread. Try the pistachio and lime zest pasta. Amazing!

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Make a reservation so you won't be disappointed. Food, service, wine list all superior. Not so the guests who wear shorts and other street gear. Respect the chef.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

We ate here on our last (fourth) night in Florence and it was by far the best. The hotel suggested the restaurant which was just 4 blocks away and made a reservation for us at 8:30. When we arrived the restaurant was busy but not packed. The interior is brightly decorated and the staff is friendly. They pour a complementary glass of Prosecco and bring bread and focaccia with sauce as an appetizer. We ordered a ricotta and eggplant croquet appetizer and a pasta dish with pistachios and lime. Other dishes ordered were beef, chicken and liver. Everything was excellent. Service was a bit slow and we gave up on coffee and desert after we finished our entrees since it was so long before the waitress came back after the dishes were cleared. Overall, though, a very positive experience and would go back again if back in Florence any time soon.

Thank John H
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We booked in an a hour or two in advance on a Saturday evening and after a small amount of difficulty we found the restaurant in this residential area. The food quality was above average but I wouldn't go as far as saying it is the best you can find in Florence. The staff were all friendly and service good. The experience was enhanced by a free glass of prossecco and focaccia taster. Would I go back, yes.

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

We were told about this restaurant by our guide at the Tuscan Wine School, and was she right! We were there at the end of April, and just walked in off the street. We were told they were very busy and it would be a long wait, if at all for that night. I said that it was our last night in Florence and that the Tuscan Wine School sent us (the chef knew her name), and they promised to find us a table in about an hour. We left for a while, and asked to just sit down in the bar/waiting area, and while we were perusing art books, Prosecco arrived to ease the aches of a day on our feet. We were seated about when we were told, and bruschetta arrive, again, compliments of the house. We are new to the whole Italian meal ordering, and split an artichoke salad, my wife had the pasta in brandy, orange, and lemon cream sauce, while I had the small Florentine steak. For dessert, we had the cheesecake and cantucci. Our wait staff was excellent, and when I ordered the house Chianti, our waiter suggested another red (he said he'd buy the glass if I didn't like it!) that was terrific... I had three glasses! This was one of the best meals my wife and I have ever had, and all for under 100 euros, with extra tips. The décor is by current artists, and the more we looked around, the more we found to see. And we got to watch the chef prepare our meals, ringing the bicycle bell when our plates were ready! The staff was very accommodating, the food fabulous, and we're going back there the next time we go to Florence!

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Thank Kevan M
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