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La Gondola - Ashland

4.3
252 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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La Gondola in Ashland is an Italian restaurant that specializes in pizza and pasta. However, this restaurant has a diverse menu with appetizers like calamari alla griglia, black mussels, bruschetta and involtini di zucchini. There are also a number of salads on the menu at La Gondola in Ashland including minestrone, wedge and mixed green.

If you like pasta, La Gondola in Ashland will not disappoint with its lobster ravioli, gnocchi caprese, stuffed gnocchi pesto linguine with clams and nearly a dozen more options, including baked dishes. While there are a number of pizzas to choose from, the 10-inch Bolognese pizza with cracker crust, sausage and pepperoni is a favorite.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Saturday & Sunday: 11:45am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 248-4433
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We have catered events from 10 to 5000 people, Call Andy for your next event, prefered caterer for The Chicago Bears Football Club, VIP's at Taste of Chicago, Blues Fest and Gospel Fest.
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Parking details
Ample off street parking available. Parking lot with 500+ spots available.
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Entertainment
The Owner is a real Funny Guy!!
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
3.9
ambience
5.0
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vipseafood (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2014

Great, great, great!Everything is always the best!

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AreDeeEm (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 15, 2014

The fresh ingredients and the care taken to individually prepare each dish make this place a winner!

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Kaimada (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

We've been regulars at the Ashland location for a long time - great food, wonderful service (especially if D is working) and a small restaurant experience. We love that they are open to customizing the dishes to specific tastes.......so good!

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ChitownDiner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 5, 2014

Place is quite small, maybe 6 tables. The food is genuine Italian and I think they may one of the best thin crust pizzas in town. We had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday on cinco de mayo. Dee served the food timely and with his usual flair, couldn't ask for a more attentive & friendly server. Food we ordered was delicious and served piping hot. Hidden gem in the city, if you can't dine in order takeout.

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MandM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 11, 2014

La Gondola is our go to restaurant. The restaurant is small, so make a reservation. The food is always good and D is the best waiter!

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Miri (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

We had a great dinner with excellent food last Saturday.. Everything was great as always..
My 10-year old stepson joined us for the first time at La Gondola to celebrate his dad's birthday, and he absolutely LOVED his chicken parmesan as well as the tentacles of the grilled calamari and my lobster ravioli.. and this kid is a picky eater.
I was, however, a little saddened to see that my favorite dishes were no longer available as the menu seems to have shrunk considerably since the last time we were here last fall.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 20, 2014

The reservation was tricky because we weren't aware there were multiple locations but the food was excellent and the service was great, too!

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Tron (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on March 13, 2014

I have been going to La Gondola for many years. It's gotten a bit pricey for what it is.

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noni (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2014

We love our friend/Server D! He is a positive friendly and entertaining person. Andy is a lucky business owner to have him!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

My and my fiance come here at least once a year, cause we live in the burbs, and we love it every single time. The waiter D remembers us and makes sure to take care of us whenever we are in the restaurant. We are actually going to use them to cater some food for our wedding in May.

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MattBourque (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

A lot of people seem to like La Gondola on Ashland for takeout, and the food is really good straightforward Italian-American cooking. There's the standard pasta dishes (linguine with clams, lasagna, nice ravioli) all well executed, along with some good classic entrees - I enjoyed the chicken piccata. The tiramisu was also excellent. But my wife and I really enjoy visiting because the tiny dining room feels like so much fun, largely due to the excellent work of La Gondola's waiter, Dee, who is welcoming, funny, and helpful without being pushy or unctuous. There can be a bit of a draft in the room in the wintertime with pickup customers coming in and out, but the ambiance lent by the small room is worth it.

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Blomb (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2014

I've been coming here for years and can't tell you how awful our experience was. I am done with La Gondola after the horrific service. The server was clueless and aloof, the menu was 1/3rd of what it used to be, and the no longer offer soup or salad but charge the same price. It was so disappointing and my Dad's birthday was a bust because of it.

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vipmelchicago (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 3, 2013

Great thin crust pizza and good daily entrée specials.

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SoSad (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on September 24, 2013

I have been going to La Gondola for 20 years and now i'm questioning whether I will go back again. They have recently changed their menu, eliminating all but a few dishes. Food came out late, it was very salty and not very appetizing to look at. We had to send one thing back and they couldn't even get right how the pizza was asked to be cut.

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longtimecustomer (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on September 15, 2013

La Gondola has been an institution for many years... and apparently now has decided to undergo major changes.

On a recent visit, I was told that soup or salad was no longer included with any of the entrees, and that the management had decided to downsize the menu and lower some prices "because so much food was being wasted"... this did not sound right at all, and then I noticed that the soup and salad was now on the menu for $5... the waitress did not seem to want to discuss the matter any further and walked away... and the prices of the entrees were NOT lowered in fact.

The other very strange thing is that all of the classic La Gondola entrees were available on the takeout/delivery menu and no longer in the restaurant??????

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 14, 2013

I love this resutrant and have been coming for years, although I have a complaint for the first time ever. The recentally changed the menu so over half of the selections are not on the dining in menu anymore which really was annoying. Also, they used to offer a soup or salad with your meal, which again is not offered now. This place is a gem, the food is outstanding and the waiter D is great....but go back to the old menu!!!!!!! And start offerning salad again. Us regulars miss them!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2013

We always have an enjoyable meal at La Gondola. Food is really delicious and service ALWAYS outstanding. A REAL neighborhood gem!

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vipcarollv (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2013

Good home cooking food with Dee aka thee best waiter...your in good hands here and will enjoy a memorable dinner!

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vipWillcallagain (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2013

The restaurant is quaint. I can see how a wait is eminent, so reservations are a must! The food was delicious and the atmosphere friendly.

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vipseafood (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 24, 2013

Service just fair-had to ask 3 times for bread. Had to ask to have empty dishes removed. Soups was still on the table when dinner was served. Never asked about refills on drinks. Antony Not good compared to usual waiter Dee.

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vipTheWindyCity (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 17, 2013

Our go-to spot for a quiet Italian dinner. Dee's service is the best, and we feel like we're are going "home" to see family. Our favorite dishes are the Rigatoni Basciola, and the Grigliata di Pesce. No, don't expect fresh seafood, but overall it's really flavorful and delicious. Any dish with the cream tomato sauce is excellent. Some specials include the crab stuffed gnocchi in tomato cream sauce. Notable wines for $28/bottle, especially the Primitivo.

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sfhass (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 10, 2013

Fabulous neighborhood restaurant. Good food, great service...D is wonderful.

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sharon (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2013

small neighborhood restrurant with great service and excellent food. It's best to make a reservation as the place is small. Almost hate to rate it, if it becomes to popular I'll never get a table.

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vipWInerDiner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2013

Stopped by for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. The food was fantastic - from the appetizer through dessert. Generous portions, very good service, met the owner/chef Andy who is very hospitable. The La Gondola salad and La Gondola chicken are stand outs, and their marinara sauce is excellent. The pistachio gelato is the best we've had. There are only about six or seven tables as they do a very large carry out/delivery business. Next time we'd like to try their pizza.

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Cathie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2013

Delicious dinner and entertaining, helpful, warm service by Dee. Love the atmosphere, you would never guess this place is so nice from the outside. Will be back again and again!

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vipBas123 (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on July 16, 2013

I will never go back to this restaurant. Even the food was good the service was really bad, no attention to detail at all, on day that for most day was,100 degrees I ordered a beer an it was really warm, all beers and wines were warn including the red wine.
I feel sorry for Chef because I think that he did a great job.

This has been the first time that open tables reviews had missed left me so much.

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Mars (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2013

My favorite dining place - small - intimate - reservation a must - great food - I highly recommend - won't be disappointed

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chris (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on June 15, 2013

this is the 2nd time in a month I've been here. I'm a regular. but this month the tilapia tasted like chlorine and had to be sent back by all of us who ordered it. Takes over an hour for entrees to arrive. AC does nothing to cool place. time before it took 40 minutes for appetizers and another 50 minutes for entrée and we were the only people in the restaurant at the time. when I brought this up to manager I was met with defensiveness and attitude. This is no longer my favorite place to go and will avoid in the future.

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Oyin (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2013

It was my first time going to this restaurant. It was located in a strip mall and I thought it was not going to be a pleasant place. But as I walked up to the door and went inside, it was nice, cozy, romantic, intimate and a definite gem. The service was AWESOME, the food was FANTASTIC and FLAVORFUL! I will definitely be going back. The prices are very reasonable for the huge portion sizes, you will not leave hungry.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 16, 2013

Never go to the one on Belmont. Food is inconsistent and service is the worst.

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