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La Gondola, Chicago, IL
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La Gondola

4.4
4.4
265 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
La Gondola has been serving up award-winning pasta, pizza and other authentic Italian cuisine using secret recipes since 1984. Customers around the Chicago area flock to this family-owned business where the food is made from scratch everyday. La Gondola is the perfect casual dining restaurant whether you’re looking for quick and delicious take out or a hearty sit-down meal that will satisfy the whole family.

Fresh family-style Italian, just like grandma used to make. That’s what you can expect from La Gondola Italian Restaurant. We specialize in pizza and pasta using the freshest ingredients available. Our pizzas are hand-tossed and made to order with a secret sauce and premium cheeses that keeps the critics raving. La Gondola’s award-winning sauce is made from scratch seven days a week using the same recipe passed on from generation to generation. Our vegetables and Italian sausage are also cut and made fresh seven days a week.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 3:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:45 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 248-4433

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chrispin Franco

  • Catering

    We have catered events from 10 to 1000 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Our dining room is available for private events 7 days a week during all hours, call Andy to discuss availability and packages.

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeview / East Lakeview

  • Cross street

    Wellington Ave

  • Parking details

    Ample off-street parking available. Parking lot with 500+ spots available.

  • Entertainment

    The Owner is a real Funny Guy!!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 265 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. KE

    KimE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time visitor, dining guest for Life! I love love love the host
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood gem that my family has been frequenting for over a decade. It’s especially a hit with out-of-towners. Not only is the food a hit but the service from Dee is warm and makes us come back time and time again.
  3. MC

    ManamiC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was Father’s Day dinner. Very good service and food was amazing! Thank you.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    D our waiter was amazing! I’ve been coming there for 20 years. He made my girlfriend birthday special. I will continue to come here.
  5. S

    Sandy

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Very disappointed when the bill came and we were charged more than the price on the menu ( $6) more for salmon . Server said it was due to inflation and they haven’t been able to update the menu . Not right to misrepresent the prices on the menu . It’s what we expected when we ordered and we’re not told prices were incorrect . That just ruined what had been a nice experience . Long time customer won’t be back .
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the intimate setting. The service is unbeatable and the food is fantastic. We will be back!
  7. P

    Preston

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enormous portions and food is delicious!
  8. C

    Chicagoan

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Thank you Mr D for the great meal
  9. CH

    ChristianH

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the small restaurant feel. Always enjoy the food. My friend had eggplant parmigiana which she said was superb. Large portions, we both took some home. D was our server, he essentially is a one man show and is very friendly and provided excellent attentive service. We did not have dessert but it is good. Try a cannaloni or tiramisu, it won’t disappoint.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite little hidden gem in the city!
  11. l

    lizs

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Some of the best meat sauce not in Heart of Italy. Service was kind and patient.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son’s 8th Birthday. D made sure he felt loved on this special day. Always have amazing service! Highly recommended!
  13. M

    Mari

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    my husband had the whitefish, i took a bite, didn’t care for it, it was beyond fishy tasting ! my guess it was old? the waiter was ok? would be nice to have a server who has tried all the foods on your menu, it helps the customers.
  14. KR

    KarenR

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food sensational service A lovely eatery with parking as well
  15. JP

    JaneP

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, but even if you’re not hungry, pay a visit to La Gondola just to experience the service. So fun, and second to none!
  16. FF

    FrancisF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This could be my new favorite place. The food feeds you and is delicious Neighbor style Italian. You feel like you have eaten ! Eating in is teat because of the intimate size, unrushed pace , and D who is a marvel.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding service!!!! Food was excellent!
  18. L

    Lsandersfield

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. It is our favorite. The food is excellent and the service is top notch! Mr D the head waiter is the BEST!
  19. e

    egkjcm

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, fantastic staff. I look forward to my next visit.
  20. BC

    BridgetC

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite places to eat. The service is fantastic! The food is amazing!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, but parmigiana was a bit over priced and just ok.
  22. PJ

    PeterJ

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Dee is the best !! Always a good dinner and food is delicious.
  23. S

    Sara

    Chicago

    163 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a great neighborhood place. Cozy, great food which the staff are willing to accomodate to your tastes and needs, nice wine selection, and super service.
  24. BC

    BobC

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice dinner, as usual. Started with a glass of wine, then soup, salad & lasagna. All delicious and bread was amazing. No dessert. Coffee pot was broken and they don’t make tea. Will go again soon.
  25. SF

    SuburbanFoodie

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The Burrata was phenomenal as a start. The Sunday gravy rigatoni to die for and the Buccatini phenomenal!
  26. BH

    BertH

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We had so much fun, D the server (yes, just D) was very entertaining and attentive. The food was cooked to order and was excellent. No fancy presentations or gastronomic show, just really good Italian food.
  27. JT

    JillT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, hilarious waiter!
  28. WS

    WSeater

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a great little restaurant! Waiter, fantastic, food was spectacular!
  29. AN

    ANCS

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I have been going to La Gondola for over a decade. D is the absolute best and is essentially a part of my family. The food is so good, I bring friends from or who have lived in Italy whenever I'm able. It's the best little hidden gem. Couldn't recommend any higher.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Cute little Italian restaurant. They are always glad to see kids and go out of their way to keep them happy. The food never disappoints.
  31. d

    dchi

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    The food is great but just pick up or have it delivered. Not worth sitting in mediocre ambiance with inattentive and sloppy staff.
  32. C

    Ccorn8312

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hands down, THE BEST Italian food you will find. I’m obsessed. My husband and I used to order from here frequently until we moved out of the city. We had to make a special trip back for our anniversary and it was just as delicious as we remembered.
  33. A

    Appreciate

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding as always! The waiter was friendly and provided excellent service!
  34. E

    Ellen

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Had a lovely meal here. The place was busy but the server was attentive. Bit of an odd spot in the strip mall but the food was great and we would definitely go back!
  35. CK

    ChristineK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it and definitely will return!
  36. s

    seafood

    Chicago

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, great, great!Everything is always the best!
  37. K

    Kaimada

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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!
  38. CD

    ChitownDiner

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    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.
  39. MM

    MandM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  40. M

    Miri

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    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.

FAQs

La Gondola offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 248-4433.

La Gondola is rated 4.4 stars by 265 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wellington Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeview / East Lakeview

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 3:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:45 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample off-street parking available. Parking lot with 500+ spots available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chrispin Franco

  • Entertainment

    The Owner is a real Funny Guy!!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 248-4433

  • Catering

    We have catered events from 10 to 1000 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Our dining room is available for private events 7 days a week during all hours, call Andy to discuss availability and packages.

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