Chicago >Food & Dining > La Gondola Restaurant
2914 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6065741.934695 -87.668543
Monday 3:00 PM - 10:45 PM
Tuesday 3:00 PM - 10:45 PM
Wednesday 3:00 PM - 10:45 PM
Thursday 3:00 PM - 10:45 PM
Friday 3:00 PM - 10:45 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 10:45 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 10:45 PM
Neighborhoods: North Side, Lakeview
Get here while you can! – Do NOT let looks deceive you: This is the best traditional Italian food in Chicago. You would never expect a restaurant in a strip-mall to be this good. The friendly atmosphere and ambiance are pleasantly surprising, and the food is even better. If you are looking for a Pizza delivery, there is no better thin-crust Pizza in town. Order it in, too!
If you don't see your favorite dish on the menu, then just ask! The menu is a "guideline", so tell them your favorite combination of pasta and sauce. The eggplant parmesan is out of this world! So is every Veal and Chicken dish (the Marsala is a consistent, not-too-sweet delicacy), and don't forget to look at their specials. (I adore the Cioppino.) This place only uses the freshest ingredients. There are no shortcuts taken here.
Go here before more people discover this place! (You won't be sorry.) It is rumored that R.R. of the Food Network has frequented this establishment, and it will be featured on her show in the near future (if it has not already aired). Do you need a better recommendation than Rachael??? With the limited dining space, it is sometimes difficult to get a table on Fridays and Saturdays. The dining room is too small, so if you cannot get a table...take something to go, because it is well worth the trip no matter how busy they are. Take-out some pasta or protein, and this food could pass for a home-cooked Italian masterpiece. No kidding!
Their wine list is improving since the new owner has taken over. The same Chef and servers have continued to deliver great Italian food at a very reasonable price.
Can you tell? I LOVE this place!!! They just need a bigger dining room. I almost hesitated to write this review, because I fear the day people discover this place and I won't be able to get a table. I have been hesitating for the past several months, but here it is. This is Italian comfort food at its best!
Better, yes Better than Rosebud.... – La Gondola brings me back to when I was a kid, you would not believe the size of the menu here, seeing it's in a "strip mall" a friend first recommended them to me, so we tried it for carry out one night durring the week, the place was packed on a Tuesday, the majority of their business is carry-out as they only have 6 tables, but the dining room is very cozy and the service is great, so many Items I could recommend but it would take forever, they have Pasta, Seafood, Pizza, Chicken and mouth watering Veal you cut with a fork, the portions are huge and everything is made to order from scratch, try it once and you too will be hooked, not the biggest or best wine selection, mostly Italian labels, but hey have a rum and coke as I did, check out there website, it's a very good site with there entire menu, history and reviews from all major papers including Zagat, the waitress "Tatiana" also told us they were being featured on Rachel Rays Tasty Travels in the end of February, not surprising to me, hope they don't get to busy, it's hard enough getting a table.
BTW, ask for the carry out menu if dining in, the dine in menu does not do it justice, I think they keep it short and sweet because the room is so small. the prices are from the 90's too, very cool.
Best Pizza, and great for dine in! – What a treat! I first found La Gondola when I was enjoying fantastic pizza at a neighbor?s party. I flipped the box top over and recognized the name from the mall by Jewel on Ashland. From that pizza on, I have enjoyed and shared several flawless La Gondola thin crunchy crust pizzas.
It was the terrific dine in experience that brought me to write my very first recommendation ever! I read tons of them, but this time I was so pleasantly surprised I wanted to tell someone. The portions are generous and of great flavor. I had the Vodka Rigatoni and ordered it again a week later because I was craving the tangy sauce. I went back again recently with good friends, and we all raved of best Calamari! I also enjoyed the most wonderful mussels, and a great bottle of wine. I wanted to write a review to thank the staff and let them know I really enjoyed my experience. Thanks! I think this little restaurant has a big flavor! My new neighborhood fav!
A treasure in Lakeview - worth the trip for great Italian food including pizza. – I'm from Kansas City but visit Chicago often. I love to eat at La Gondola - the food is fabulous and the service is wonderful. On my last trip I tried the mussels and veal - both melted in your mouth, perfectly seasoned. Their pizza is also delicious as is the calamari. Each trip I try something new and have never been disappointed. The restaurant is small but it gives you the feeling of eating at home with friends. Andy and his staff treat you like family. Make this restaurant a new destination in a city known for great food - you won't be disapppointed! A definite thumbs up!
Make a reservation and let Andy's wonderful folks and food make your evening a delicious memory – We just enjoyed a out of this world Italian tasting featuring Andy's favorite dishes and wonderful wines. Everything not only looked ready to be photographed for a cookbook, but each dish was prepared to perfection. We enoyed salad, antipasta platter, calamari, mussels, veal, swordfish, margherite pizza...so much wonderful food to taste and great wine to accompany each dish.
Chef Andy, Lenny, and Tatina make up the perfect cast for this intimate Italian restaurant setting. We've never been disappointed here.
The Food is Incredible – When you show up at the door, you would have never guessed how great it is inside. In the past, I always had the food delivered. It is reasonably priced and such great food. The other night, however, I decided to eat inside. The atmosphere is cozy and peaceful. We sat there drinking our wine long after we were finished with our meal. The staff is very friendly and professional. I knew I was going to get wonderful food, but it was a pleasant surprise to have such a great overall experience.
Always Great...... – La Gondola has been feeding me and my family for almost 10 years now,the pizza and seafood are always great,the service from Andy and Dominic are great as well,the dining area could use a makeover,but the service and food make you forget the dining area is so small (only 6 tables) dont forget the pasta,(rigatoni) boscaiola my fav. ask for aldente', the chicken parm.is the bigest and best you'll ever see,fast delivery as well,takeout..plenty of parking in a area where it's @ a premium,overall I would recommend them to anyone,I compare the food to carmines(my fav.italian) only cheaper and not as fancy in the dining area.
Ciao! – Huge menu with lots of piping hot traditional italian dishes!! The menu includes lots of chicago favorites like bbq ribs that are really great! I crave this food, and its available for take out or delivery.
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