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I have scoured the boards and other online sources for Florence dining. Interestingly, you don't see the same names over and over again, which makes it difficult. Too many choices! I want a combination of traditional and creative/modern cooking. Here's what I have for four dinners:

Trattoria Garga
Cipolla Rosa
Quattro Leoni
Buca Lapi or Trattoria I Due G

Can I please get some feedback?

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Trattoria Garga
Via del Moro, 48r, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

Buca Lapi
Via del Trebbio, 1, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

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  1. I wouldn't bother confusing you with yet another option except you specifically say you want creative/modern -- and this choice delivers on that spec ... I just got back from Firenze and had a stellar dinner at Osteria Personale http://www.io-osteriapersonale.it/ (it is mentioned on this board in several places).

    Beautiful contemporary interpretations of local cuisine with an extensive wine list (mainly small suppliers that you won't see on many wine lists) where the most expensive bottle was around EU$50. The service was refined and friendly. Except for one other table, the patrons were all locals.

    The meal was delicious - starting with the warm seafood salad and moving on to the "naked" ricotta ravioli. Room for dessert, I had the green cheese cupcake with candied figs and my husband had the chocolate souffle with basil sorbet and tomato jam - OMG!!

    Highly recommend this small gem.

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    Osteria Personale
    Borgo San Frediano, 167r, Florence, Toscana , IT

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    1. re: CocoTO

      I'm definitely going to put it on the list. Thanks so much!

    2. I would take off Quattro Leoni, and put on Osteria Personale. As CocoTo says it's a stellar presentation of creative, yet casual. One of my favorite new places in Florence at the moment. I suggest you get the five course tasting menu, where you get to choose any five courses from the menu, and the chef serves them in the correct order.

      Trattoria Due G for sure, over Buca Lapi. And if you're going to get Bistecca Fiorentina, this is the place to do it. Also classics like ribollita or pappa al pomodoro. Lovely home made desserts as well.

      www.elizabethminchilli.com

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      Buca Lapi
      Via del Trebbio, 1, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

      Osteria Personale
      Borgo San Frediano, 167r, Florence, Toscana , IT

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        1. I ate at Cipolla Rossa a couple of times last fall while we spent a month in Florence. We had good meals both times. I also liked Quaottro Leoni. We did not have a good experience at Garga. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I stopped eating---not because I was full--but because the food just wasn't good. The service was indifferent. And, it is not inexpensive. My favorite place is Osterio di Giovanni on Via del Moro. Also like Il Santo Bevitore. Have fun!

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          Il Santo Bevitore
          Via Santa Spirito 64r, Florence, Tuscany 50125, IT

          Cipolla Rossa
          Via de' Conti,53, Florence, Toscana 50123, IT

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          1. re: jan55612

            My Florence visit has come to an end and interestingly Trattoria Garga was one of my favorite meals of eleven days in Italy. I had veal with avocado that was divine. My husband had an amazing swordfish. Service was great. The owner of our hotel in Tuscany told us to avoid Quattro leoni "like the plague" so we skipped it. The one thing that I have learned from this trip- which of course I already knew- is that is impossible to get a concensus on any restaurant and you must take all opinions and go with your instinct.

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            Trattoria Garga
            Via del Moro, 48r, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

          2. Garga is now closed--- the son Alessandro has recently returned from working in NY and opened his La Cucina Del Garga on via san zanobi. He is continuing with the recipes from the family and some of his own! He is a gracious host and the food is not traditional, but is GARGA as it was in it's prime!
            http://www.garga.it/english.html

            reservations a MUST at dinner