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What You'll Get
Contrary to popular belief, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a lawsuit. Enjoy Italian cuisine without fear of physical reprisal with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at La Gondola Italian Restaurant, located on North Ashland Avenue in Lincoln Park. Although this Groupon is valid for dine-in, La Gondola is a tiny eatery, so it can also be used for delivery and carryout.
La Gondola, AOL City's Best #1 Italian Restaurant in Chicago, offers Italian favorites, saucy pizzas, ambitiously portioned pastas, and the ability to swiftly deliver food without resorting to using the city's intricate maze of pneumatic delivery tubes. Temper the appetites of calf-sized stomachs with fried calamari ($8.50) or homemade mozzarella sticks ($5) before settling down with La Gondola's signature rigatoni boscaiola, a pasta dish coated in cream tomato sauce, fresh mushrooms, and sautéed Italian sausage ($13). La Gondola's specialty pizzas come heaped with fresh ingredients (starting at $15 for a 12"), including the quattro formaggi, with a blend of four cheeses, and the barbecue chicken pizza spackled with the eatery's own barbecue sauce. For more hand-holdables, made-to-order sandwiches are stacked on fresh Italian loaves and include the eggplant parmesan sandwich ($8), with a trio of fresh eggplant layers, marinara, and a duo of cheeses.
Owners Dominic Armodeao and Luciano Libreri hail from Sicily and adorn their esteemed, itsy eatery with an Italian interior. Photos of gondolas line the walls, and white-clothed tables fill the space. Call ahead for speedy delivery ($2.95 delivery fee is not included), and gorge on a heaping mountain of tiramisu or homemade cannoli in the comfort of your own closet. Dine-in reservations are recommended.
La Gondola Italian Restaurant was named the #1 Italian Restaurant in Chicago by AOL City's Best. Zagat gives the food an "excellent" rating of 23. More than 275 Yelpers give La Gondola an average of four stars. OpenTable reviewers give it a 4.4-star average.
- The sauces, not buried under pepper or spices, lend themselves to personal adjustments for each diner's taste. The salads were fresh, and crisp and the freshly made dressing a treat. – John L., Zagat
- This is seriously the best Italian food I've ever had from a restaurant. – Babs H., Yelp
- As for the food, everything that I have had at La Gondola is either great or exceptional; I have never had a bad meal! – Martha C., Yelp
- This is a great Neighborhood Gem! – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 05/09/2010
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 25, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table or order. Delivery fee not included. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About La Gondola Italian Restaurant
Executive Chef Andrew McGuire tops tables at La Gondola Italian Restaurant with heaping platters of pizza and hearty pasta dishes, earning the intimate bistro Zagat ratings since 1991. Made-from-scratch sauce and more than 25 toppings stand ready to bedeck hand-tossed pizzas, which sail to tables in extra-thin, thin, pan, or stuffed crusts. Made from a secret Roman recipe guarded by on-staff gladiators, the stracciatella soup warms bellies alongside house-made minestrone, setting the stage for the signature rigatoni boscaiola and glassfuls of wine or beer.