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Santa Maria Novella: Garga

Via del Moro, 48R , Phone: 055 2398898
www.garga.it

Reviewed by: jan55612 from MN, review #3701

When: 2010

Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I was disappointed by our food and service at Garga.

I went to Garga with high expectations. One of our party had been to Garga before and loved it. Judy Witts Francini's "Florence for Foodies" guide recommended it, and I had read other good reviews. Unfortunately, our experience did not match my expectation. Our party of three shared two pasta dishes, which were good. The veal I chose, with a gorgonzola sauce was so uninteresting, I decided after taking a couple of bites, not to waste the calories. We shared tiramisu and cheesecake for dessert. The tiramisu was good, the cheesecake was heavy. I felt like I had stepped back into the late 60's in the United States and it wasn't to my taste. I won't return.


Reviewed by: MikeB from OH, review #1875

When: 2006

A wonderful restaurant with lots of charm, character and great food.

A group of 4 ate at Garga on April 26.

This is a moderate to expensive restaurant with lots of charm and great food (4 courses per person, 1 bottle of wine and a round of limoncello for 60 euros per person). The rooms are painted with colorful murals and feel unique. The quality of the pastas was exceptional. The veal with avocado was outstanding. And, yes, the cheesecake is probably one of the best we've ever had.

The wine list has good variety and reasonably priced, although not the most extensive we saw in Italy. We enjoyed a Villa Brinca Chianti Classico Riserva 2001. Service was very good. All in all, this is an expensive treat for those that enjoy good food, good wine and are willing to eat in a somewhat loud but charming environment. Highly recommended.

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