La Gondola

4.7
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276 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 7, 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.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food sensational service A lovely eatery with parking as well

JP
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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!

FF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 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.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service!!!! Food was excellent!

L
Chicago
4 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!

e
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BC
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

PJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Chicago
143 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.

BC
Chicago
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.

SF
Chicago
8 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!

BH
Chicago
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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, hilarious waiter!

WS
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great little restaurant!

Waiter, fantastic, food was spectacular!

AS
Chicago
18 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.

OT
Chicago
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.

d
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 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.

C
Chicago
1 review
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.

A
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as always! The waiter was friendly and provided excellent service!

E
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 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!

CK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it and definitely will return!

s
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

K
Chicago
16 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!

CD
Chicago
18 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.

MM
Chicago
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!

M
Chicago
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.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

n
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2014
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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.

m
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2013
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Great thin crust pizza and good daily entrée specials.

SS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2013
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2013
Overall2food3service4ambience3

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??????

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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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