A few nights ago, some relatives were in town, and wanted to have a pasta dinner somewhere in the neighborhood. I suggested we give La Gondola’s new location at 1258 W. Belmont Avenue a try. My husband and I, having dined at their original storefront on Ashland a few times, had always enjoyed the food there, but it was a bit far for a stroll to dinner. So we were delighted to take the short walk west on Belmont for an excellent Italian dinner.
The new La gondola location is in the old Joey’s Brickhouse restaurant location. Compared to the original restaurant this location gives them abundant seating for their fans. The atmosphere is warm and inviting here. Sit towards the front if you wish to be away from the semi-open kitchen. When the weather is nice there is also outdoor café seating.
When we dined there, we started with the Calamari appetizer which is described on their menu as “large tubes served with olive oil, fresh garlic, artichokes, spices and roasted red pepper,” it is listed as “Chef Andy’s favorite” and we certainly agreed. The dinner menu here is extensive. The night we dined there we ordered three pasta dishes Rigatoni Puttanesca, Rigatoni 4 Formaggi, and Mostaccioli with meat sauce and one chicken dish Chicken Saltimbocca made with “whole mushrooms, imported prosciutto, spices, fresh sage in a white wine sauce w[ith] sautéed broccoli.” All were delicious. Dinners at la Gondola come with a choice of soup or salad. I have always ordered the soup here, choices are Minestrone and Stracciatella; I stick to the Stacciatella, a delectable roman version of egg drop soup with spinach. We all chose different wines, offered by the glass, from their well rounded wine list.
So generous are the portions at La Gondola that we enjoyed reheating our leftovers for lunch the next day. Prices for entrees range from $11 – $22. Reservations can be made by phone or online. Your innkeeper will be happy to assist you with reservations.