April 4, 2011

Edible Florence - BarbaGarga

Since I have moved away from downtown Florence, when I return I tend to go back to my same favorites over and over when I come down to run errands or do my market tours.

I have been wanting to try BarbaGarga since it opened and finally got a chance to go to lunch with my ladies the other day for lunch.

I had been a speaker at the Girl Geek Dinner there the other night and had a chance to see the lovely transformation of my old neighbor Ruggiero's trattoria.

Two friends, Alessandro and Francesco-  a Tuscan and a Pugliese, have teamed up to create Barbagarga. Alessandro comes from a restaurant family, GARGA restaurant in Florence. He then spent some time in New York cooking and now has returned to Florence.

alessandro ( garga) and Francesco ( Barba)

We went for lunch after our market tour and were the only clients and took the table in front of the kitchen which was fun.

The restaurant offers a light lunch menu for 10 or 15 euro or you can order from the full dinner menu, which is what we did.

Everyone loved everything we tried- and especially the desserts. It is such a dissappointment to end the meal with bad desserts. Alessandro makes his mom, Sharon's, famous cheesecake, which is one of the best I have ever had!

We had several dishes and shared them all. My favorite way to eat!

 we had artichoke salad, boiled octopus( which EVERYONE ADORED), orecchiette, penne with mushrooms and scallops, fried artichokes, fried veal with gorgonzola, zucchini and truffle cream, peposa, chocolate cake and cheesecake-- of course wine and dessert wine!

Stop by and try it! Tell them Divina Cucina sent you!

Via San Zanobi, 33/r

Location map


  1. hooray for barbagarga and the Girl Geek Lunch ;)

  2. I'm glad to see this. I'm visiting Tuscany in October and have been trying to find out the best places to go.

  3. Shirley- if you go to my website- I have a whole list of places to eat in florence by neighborhoods!
    http://www.divinacucina.com also for Chianti!
    there are also recipes online--

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    (All Things Cajun)

  5. Thanks for this suggestion! I'm going to be studying in Florence in the fall, and I'm already starting to look around for some great restaurants. I'll be sure to check them out!