We have been going there frequenetl
We have been going there frequenetly and enjoy the food very much.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Solid dining experience
I've always had a solid experience every time I've dined here. The staff is friendly (but can be a bit slow) and the food is always delicious. I'm glad this is nearby my house :)
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
We decided to eat here before
We decided to eat here before a show at Comedy Sportz, as it was within walking distance. The food was delicious and plentiful, and the wait staff very attentive without being overly in our space. Even though it is advertised as a "family friendly" restaurant, and there were a few families with small children, it did not feel like I was sitting next on top of kid chaos. Great experience!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellant. We
The food was excellant. We went late after a show. They were very nice. I ordered gnocci w pesto. It was the most amazing pesto I ever had. I asked for more bread so I could eat more. It was just that good...
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place has quickly become
This place has quickly become our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago. The decor is not much and it's not a high-end place but the food is fantastic. Over time, we've had the gnocchi, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, the grilled seafood(you will get a mound of seafood that is a steal at this price), and spaghetti carbonara. We've never had a dish less than excellent. Plus, the house vinaigrette on their salad is superb. Go, go, go!
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good family Italian restaurant
Good family Italian restaurant -- pasta is excellent
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
The menu includes every single
The menu includes every single pasta, veal and chicken dish ever served at an Italian-American restaurant. Everything is competently prepared and generous.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good meal, great service.
I had the fried meat ravioli appetizer and the pollo piccata. Both were very good. The meat raviolis are plentiful with meat, unlike some others I've had. The pollo piccata was good, although the menu description mentioned artichoke hearts but, instead, mine had an abundance of pepperoncinis. They were good to give the chicken flavor, but were overwhelming to actually eat them with the chicken. I ended up picking all of them out. Everything else mentioned in the menu description was in the dish and was very delicious. I love capers!
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I enjoyed the food and the
I enjoyed the food and the service. I would definitely go back.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't let the outside fool
Don't let the outside fool you. Once inside, this Italian gem is very nice and the food absolutely wonderful. Be warned, the portions are healthy, but not at the expense of quality.
I had the Salmon Vesuvio which was a very well prepared and my friend had the Risotto Porcini which she liked a lot as well.
I selected this place due to its proximity to Stage773 Theater and I am happy I did. This was my first visit, but I hope to return here again when I am in the area.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food great for family.
We have gone here quire a few times for dinner, and stumbled across it for Brunch. WE ARE GLAD WE DID. The price per person was incredibly reasonable and the selection of food was vast and fresh. They were so accommodating for my 2 year old, she could eat anything on the menu and gave her free milk. HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
As good as the older, original on Ashland. Good food, nice folks.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great litle corner restaurant, really good food, nice Italian music, friendly staff
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try the Specials - Tortellini Pana
Dinner for a group of 6 can be challenging, but La Gondola did the job effortlessly - fast and attentive service, including keeping the drinks and water filled and checking to ensure that everything was great, from the first drink order to asking about dessert and delivering the check. Three of us had the Tortellini Pana special, which was meat tortellini in a light cream sauce with Prosciutto and thinly and expertly sauteed mushrooms. The Mesa Luna was also noted as particularly good. Try this neighborhood spot!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
A group of friends with various
A group of friends with various food restrictions and preferences ate at La Gondola prior to seeing a play across the street. La Gondola came through. They pleased everyone. Each one of us had a fabulous dinner, served in time, within our theater deadline. Three at our table followed the waiter's recommendation for the full rib slab special. We were rewarded with one of the best pork rib dinners I've ever enjoyed. Others in the group enjoyed lemon chicken and a pasta dish. Everyone was singing the praises of La Gondola as we walked across the street to the theater.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
These people consistently
These people consistently treat us well. We bring large groups and they are always accommodating. Plus, the food is really good, and you get a lot of it.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gluten Free treats!
In addition to classic Italian fare, La Gondola offers very good gluten free rotini, with which they will serve any of their sauces. We arrived one our late for a 10 pm after-theater reservation, but were welcomed warmly. Highly recommend to diners who want traditional fare but without gluten. (My dining companion enjoyed the deep fried ravioli, obviously off limits to me but very satisfying in a very unhealthy way!)
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious, although, for the second or third time now, they made the dish incorrectly. The "main" portion of the dish was correct (i.e., veal, talapia, etc.), but the side was incorrect (i.e., side of pasta, incorrect sauce, side vegetable). This annoyed us slightly, but that fact that the food was delicious, made-up for that...slightly.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been there many times and
Been there many times and like the food very much....this trip service was terrible
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
a perfect fit
I've never been disappointed by La Gondola, whether on Ashland or the newer Belmont location: They are always on point.
From the wonderful food and peaceful atmosphere, to the staff that is just the right amount of attentive.. I can sing their praises all day. A great choice!
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Service! and Food!
The service I received was just awesome. My family and I never had a empty glass and where explained the menu and specials like the staff was very well trained. The Italian food is awesome. My two favorite are the chicken parm and the pesto neoki.. I have been here twice now and will not stop going back!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The lasagna is amazing and
The lasagna is amazing and insanely huge. You definatly get your monies worth on all of the portions. Wish they had a patio.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Lakeview Italian dining
I have eaten in a lot of Italian restaurants, in Chicago and elsewhere in the U.S. as well as in Italy, and I would compare the food at LaGondola Belmont as good as any I've eaten. Everyone in our party of five, none of whom had dined at LaGondola before,. ordered a different entree and we all tasted each. Each and every bite was described as delicious by each and every person. Simply stated, it was all delicious.
Our server was excellent, tending to our needs in a timely and courteous fashion.
My only complaint is that it was difficult to carry on a conversation because of the noise level, particularly the music. We asked twice before the volume was reduced. This won't stop us from coming back, however.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't tell anyone
This is a great restaurant. Nothing special about the décor but the food was very good. There were four of us all with diverse tastes and everyone was really happy. Service was very good and especially helpful. And the caprese salad - best ever.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of top 10 Italian Restaurants
The food is delicious, with wonderful plates of Northern Italian food, as well as all the other traditional offerings. I've had seafood, veal, pasta, chicken and fish, and have never been disappointed. The servings are more than ample, and the service attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about both the food and the wine. For lighter appetites, one of their tasty appetizers can easily serve as a meal - truly filling. I love having this restaurant in my neighborhood.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bad smell inside
I was so pleased to sit in a nice outdoor area because inside it smell strongly of fat cooking.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, friendly atmosphere
I love this restaurant that manages a cozy and open air feeling at the same time. The wait staff is always very friendly and the food is delicious. We've brought different friends and no one has ever been disappointed. They have many selections for vegetarians which is great!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome Food tonight...You
Awesome Food tonight...You need to promote better and get the crowds back on the weekends....Otherwise, food was great and that is why you go to any restaurant.....
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our dinner, it was so good. will go again.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We usually visit the Ashland venue but this nite we came to Belmont as we are going to host a party there. I can't say enough about the manager, the servers and the always great food. They were most accommodating and we're ecstatic that we're doing the party there. Andy - you have quality people who work for you - keep up all the good work!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Home-Cooking - Italian Style
Our party of four adults thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday night dinner at La Gondola. The service was great. We each chose a different entree; stuffed gnocchi, lobster ravioli, Chicken Parmesan and the special for the night, tortellini in a cream sauce with prosciutto.
We couldn't decide whose dish was the best. Each entree came with soup or salad and garlic bread.
La Gondola is on Belmont, in the heart of a bustling neighborhood. It is easily accessible by the Red Line with just a 4-5 block walk. We will definitely return on another visit to Chicago.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian Spot
This place was referred to us by a friend so we decided to give it a try. The food was tasty but nothing that exceeded expectations. The chicken parmigiana was good and had a sweet sauce which we liked. It did not have the freshest "home made" or "made to order" taste I was told it would have but nonetheless it was good. Grilled calimari was a bit too "fishy" for our liking. The bartender offered to replaced it with the fried calimari but we declined.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food...huge portions...everything very tasty and the service was suoerb
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food excellent - pleasant
Food excellent - pleasant server. Only glitch is parking - wish they had access to parking lot next door - very inconvenient not being able to park there. Friend had to find valet from theater who was awol.
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian restaurant.
Great Italian restaurant. Great choice for dinner if you are catching a show across the street at Stage 773 or Theater Wit.
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM