Targa

Price guide: Expensive

Lungarno Colombo 7, Florence, 50136

Price guide: Expensive

Riverside Targa

By Nicky Swallow, your Florence expert

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#7 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Florence
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance

Expert review of Targa

A soothing oasis serving imaginative food on the north bank of the Arno.

I first met Gabriele Tarchiani in the early 1980s when he had a fabulous deli near where I worked. He subsequently opened the legendary Caffè Concerto on the banks of the Arno which, at the time, was something of a revolution in terms of its refreshingly modern, very un-Florentine décor and laid-back atmosphere combined with fine, creative food. Today, the look of the place is the same but it has undergone subtle changes and is now the relaxed, up-beat Targa Bistrot.

Food and drink: 

Gabriele’s menus are firmly rooted in regional traditions, but there are creative twists involved with equal importance being given to meat and seafood. Expect the likes of risotto al Barolo with fried artichoke slivers, spaghetti with mullet roe from Cabras (Sardegna), guinea fowl breast stuffed with porcini mushrooms cooked in Trappist beer and tempura of baccalà (salt cod) and seasonal vegetables. The wine list is a formidable tome of around 1,000 labels that includes wines from all over Italy, France, the New World and more. There is a wide choice of champagne and dessert wines plus grappa, whiskey and port. Saturday brunch, a groaning buffet of hot and cold dishes, is a popular spot with the locals and, at €25 including drinks, is a bargain.

Recommended dishes: 

The hot chocolate soufflé is a killer.

Ambience: 

The best word I can think of here is ‘soothing’, and that’s quite an unusual characteristic to find in a restaurant. The first time I ever ate here, my impression was of the sort of place you might find in California rather than staid old Florence, and that feeling has stuck. The warm, wood and glass interior is lit by pools of soft light and while modern, it is refreshingly un-minimalist and mellow background sounds create a relaxed vibe. It has a loyal local clientele but is also well-known on the foodie visitor circuit.

Service: 

Gabriele is a personable and passionate host who is very much present in the restaurant. His team of staff are professional and friendly.

Location: 

It's on the north bank of the Arno about 1.5 kms east of the Ponte Vecchio. It’s a 10-15 minute ride on the number 14 bus from the train station.

Price advice: 

A three-course dinner for two will come in at around 110 euros without drinks. Wines start at 18 euros per bottle.

Tables to book: 

Try to get a table by the window overlooking the river.

More information on Targa:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Modern, Seafood
Address:
Lungarno Colombo 7, Florence, 50136
Telephone:
055 677 377
Website:
http://www.targabistrot.net
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 12.30-2.30pm, 7.30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Targa? Would you recommended it?