La Cucina del GargaGarga is one of Florence's great culinary legends. La Cucina, a contemporary reincarnation of the original Garga, is the newbie kitchen of... ... continueLonely Planet
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This is a gem! We discovered La Cucina Garga on our last night in Florence, but ironically, our rental apartment was a very short distance away on Via Guelfa. Everything about it is gracious and hospitable -- the staff, the lovely woman in charge -- the paintings on the wall, the "amuse bouches" (or however that's said in Italian) that arrived with a complimentary glass of prosecco to welcome us. We shared the pasta special (fettucini with asparagus and truffle cream sauce) and house salad (divine, with hearts of palm, pignoli nuts and tomatoes)...as well as the special cheesecake dessert (mother of the chef's recipe). Although it appears to be more popular with visiting tourists than with native Florentines (which we don't understand) don't let that deter you.GooglePlace - June 2017
Tourist Trap. Cucina Del Garga...more like Cucina Del Garbage. Do not make the mistake of wasting a meal here. If you want authentic Italian this is not the place to go. They try to put a modern spin on American-Italian dishes, but ultimately fail. The complementary prosecco and polenta appetizer dishes are decent, but the main courses lacked in flavor and authenticity. The service was unorganized and slow and the waiters were not very welcoming. They didn't know the dishes or wine selections very well. One had told us he didn't drink so he didn't know the wine flavors well and that is a poor excuse. Waiters should be educated on the drinks and meals that are served. The icing on the cake was ragú sauce with the pasta my girlfriend ordered was undercooked and red-pink in color. It was raw. We spoke with the chef Alessandro and he vehemently denied this (stating it was cooked for 2 hours) and did not offer us anything in terms of reparation for this poor dish. Another chef who we met on the trip told us it needs to be cooked for 4 hours and browned completely through. My dish was ok, fettuccine with cream sauce with orange zest and mint. Strange dish but tasted okay. Do not fall for this tourist trap! It was all tourists eating her and locals had never heard of it when we asked them. If you want more American style cuisine go here but this was most certainly not authentic Italian. I would never go back and highly recommend that tourists look elsewhere!!!GooglePlace - June 2017
A nice and artsy place where the chef paints herself and art and food merge. Small menu with local specialities beyond steak and a creative touch. The atmosphere is familiar and the service great. Tiny downside was an uncomfortable draft that the waiter regretted but could fix, only when leaving we saw a main window wide open. GooglePlace - May 2017
This is a small cozy restaurant filled with pictures and art created by the restaurant staff. It adds a neat personal effect to the atmosphere. The staff that I encountered were awesome. Our waiter was Max. He was so patient and helpful with the menu and wines. He even gave us some pointers on where to explore in the city. The food was awesome. I had the 'magnifico' and it was truly magnificent. Pasta with the best sauces and flavors you've ever had. If I'm ever in the Firenze area again, I will certainly be stopping by again.GooglePlace - April 2017
Fantastic! Do yourselves a favor and visit Garga. Whimsical restaurant with delicious food.
We were first greeted with prosecco, and fried polenta with cheese. Nice starting treat! We ordered the Carciofi al Salto (sautéed artichoke with pistachio and parmesan), which was great. Large portion with great flavors. The artichoke rests on a bed of arugula. The blend of flavor between the large pieces of parmesan, pistachio, tomato and arugula was delicious!
For dinner we had the "trofie con salsa di pistacchi y pomodorini" and tagliatelle de "magnifico". The trofie was light and full of flavor. The pistachio gave a nice crunch to the dish. The tagliatelle was magnificent (pun intended)! The layers of flavor were unexpected but welcomed.
Lastly we ordered the cheesecake which was w a wonderful ending. The yogurt cut through then sweetness, and the crust was fresh and crumbly.
Highly recommend!GooglePlace - March 2017
The service, the food, the atmosphere... EVERYTHING here is AMAZING!! Reservations are often recommended...Foursquare - October 2015
The food was excellent the price good and the desert excellentFoursquare - March 2015
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Check out La Cucina Del Garga as it was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for the second generation spot reeling in the awards and cranking out all kinds of totally fresh pastaFoursquare - February 2015
Amazing food and camiereri very kindFoursquare - December 2014
Cucina per turisti ma onesta ! La focaccia con sopra la passata di pomodoro , no vi prego ! Buono il sugo del babbo per il resto meglio 10 anni fa allo stesso civico . Camerieri premurosi e gentiliFoursquare - December 2014
Good service and the food is amazing!!Foursquare - October 2014
The anchovies with a shot of vodka are a bit ridiculous. But good if you feel like being ridiculous. Don't get carried away and eat the butter thinking its cheese.Foursquare - September 2014
The pasta with lemon rind sauce is crazy tasty. Almost OTT. I can see myself craving it again once I leave. Cute spot, nice service.Foursquare - September 2014
The lemon and orange fettuccini was even better than I'd hoped. Rather lovely anchovies with vodka to start too.Foursquare - June 2014
Recommended by a local: the Bolgheri wine. Even the cheapest on the list is AMAZING!Foursquare - June 2014
The fettuccini with lemon zest was AMAZING.Foursquare - April 2014
Amazing food and great service. Love all the artwork on the inside.Foursquare - September 2013
AMAZING fettuccini with lemon and mint!Foursquare - July 2013
The free appetizer special is fake! They just gave us the bread with tomato sauce that they give to all customersFoursquare - May 2013