Spaghetti, like a hammerhead shark, is rigid and boring until it’s submerged in water, at which point it quickly springs to life and develops a taste for swimmers. Celebrate this predatory noodle with today's Groupon at La Gondola in Mansfield. Choose from the following two options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian dinner fare.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian lunch fare.
Created by the former owner and chef of Italian Villa in Arlington, La Gondola serves up heaping portions of authentic Italian hospitality for lunch and dinner. Lump blue-crab cakes ($9.50) synchronize taste buds in time for the gamberi alla provenciale ($5.25 at lunch, $17.50 at dinner), whose sautéed shrimp and garlic frolic in a white-wine sea abounding with mermaids and mer-plumbers. Diners can mediate stomach strikes with pollo parmigiana ($11 at lunch, $15.50 at dinner) or a house specialty such as salsiccia alla contadina ($10 at lunch, $13.95 at dinner)—savory homemade italian sausage doused with fresh tomato sauce and pan-fried with peppers and onions. Otherwise, test sweet teeth for faulty electrical wiring with a dessert of tiramisu or cappuccino pie ($6).
La Gondola’s live piano entertainment fills the air with classy trills and elegant runs, and the large windows give the chic dining room a spacious air. The flat-screen TV above the full bar keeps sports fans in the game, and free WiFi lets diners quickly change their Facebook status back to single if a date refuses to put down the ventriloquist dummy.
At the family-owned La Gondola, 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.