The best sauces, like the best imaginary friends, are rich and from the Mediterranean. Dine alone or with Esmeralda the railroad tycoon with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Dinner Fare
La Gondola crab-cake appetizers with lump blue crab ($9.50) precede eggplant parmigiana ($12.95) and filetto Diane, which immerses filet mignon in a Worcestershire-brandy cream sauce alongside shallots and sautéed mushrooms ($28). The specialty of the house is a sea-bass origanata filet oven-baked and served in Italian herbs, white wine, and garlic butter sauce ($32). See the full dinner menu.
Drawing on his former role as chef and owner of Italian Villa, owner Salvatore Cucci leads La Gondola's kitchen as cooks prepare house-made sausage, steaming plates of pasta, and fresh seafood. Traces of basil and roasted bell peppers fill the air as chefs sauté shrimp in a lemon, white-wine, and garlic sauce, then add it to plates of unadorned linguine as artfully as an painter glues warm shrimp to a freshly painted landscape. In the dining area, servers deliver filet mignon and prepare caesar salads tableside as patrons sip glasses of wine from an extensive list of chiantis, cabernets, and pinot grigios hailing from Italy, California, and Australia.