March 20, 2012

Edible Florence- La Cucina del Garga

Sometimes in Florence, we always go back to the same local trattoria where we know we have great food. Often, there is no real reason to risk a meal.

Then there is a reason to go just a little out of your way.

La Cucina del Garga is one of those reasons.

Alessandro and Corrado- we had a incredible private lunch- lucky ladies

Part of Florence's culinary history was located on via del moro, Trattoria Garga, run by artist Giuliano Gargani and his Canadian wife Sharon Oddson. Wildly painted walls and twisted Tuscan recipes were their trademark.

Giuliano and Sharon's son Alessandro left Florence and spent 7 years in New York, honing his skills and is now back in Florence with his wife to raise his children where he grew up.

holding the dough for his homemade foccaccia
Alessandro has created La Cucina del Garga, his own space, located just a few blocks up from the San Lorenzo Market in Florence.

I went when it first opened and had a fabulous lunch with clients and we went back just yesterday and was pleased to see that the restaurant is now decorated with art by Giuliano and his friends, bringing the warmth and craziness that was Garga, to Alessandro's new place.

a classic tuscan dish, with the "garga" twist. Eggs cooked on pappa al pomodoro

The Old Garga is closed now and Alessandro is carrying in on the family tradition with his own touch.

fabulous chicken liver crostini with orange zest

artichoke salad

If you are in Florence and want a break from the classic meals- please stop by Garga and you will be spoiled rotten and have a a fabulous meal to remember. If you like, have them plan a tasting menu like we had, with dishes to share.

La Cucina del Garga

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  1. This will be on my list in May!

  2. WHY do I always drool over your posts?!

  3. BE sure to tell alessandro you are my friends when you go!

  4. Whenever I read your posts I come away hungry! This place definitely deserves a place on my list!

  5. Sembra meraviglia. Pappa al pomodoro is one of my favorite 'go to dishes' when the pantry is almost bare.
    True comfort food. Will put this on the list for our next visit to Firenze.

  6. I will be there in June to visit Alessandro and my daughter and 2 grandchildren....I expect to eat there almost every night....can't wait to see the new restaurant's paintings....and taste every dish....yummy....

  7. Judy, just went there tonite! Garga has been a Florence fav of ours for years and we discovered the new address just at the last minute. Seems like a lot of story going on there, huh? The food had all the home-spun Tuscan country feel with heightened flavor and contemporary combos, we loved it! I hope to post a little bit on the place soon and hope you don't mind me linking to you. We're on a whirlwind holiday thru Italy and Provence, France. Thx for a great post, always love your blog~

  8. @cathy-- glad you found it!!! it is a fun place and alessandro is continuing with a passion!!! please do link!