We spent Thanksgiving with my family in Hermitage this year, and on Black Friday we decided to take everybody out to dinner. We tried Gondola House Pizzeria, mainly because it is the number 2 rated restaurant on TripAdvisor for the area. The place got rave reviews on both TripAdvisor and UrbanSpoon, and after eating there, I know why. We started off with an appetizer - Deep Fried Ravioli. The ravioli was very good - filled with plenty of cheese and only lightly fried. Everyone liked it, especially our son, who ate three quarters of one of the large ravioli himself.
I ordered the Spaghetti and Meatballs with Meat Sauce. It was one of the specific dishes called out in multiple reviews, and I'm glad I tried it. I haven't had really good spaghetti in a long time, and this was extremely good. The meatballs were awesome - huge, dense but still moist. I ate every bite of this - something I'm pretty sure contributed to some heartburn I had later on, but that's my fault for eating so much tomato-based sauce in addition to the pizza I shared with my wife.
My wife and I also ordered a pizza - the Old School Gondola Special with onions, green peppers, and sausage. This was very good pizza. Maybe not the best pizza I've had in a while, but I'd order it again and be satisfied. The crust was thin and light, with a generous amount of mozzarella. The sausage was really good as well, and our son ate quite a bit of it from each of his mom's slices.
Speaking of our son, we ordered him a child's pizza with ham on it, since that's his favorite topping. He ate three slices of it, as well as most of one of the meatball's from my mom's spaghetti.
We ordered desserts to go - three of them. The Tiramisu was mentioned in a couple reviews, and both Butterscotch Bread Pudding and Chocolate Bread Pudding were on the special list for the night. We divided them up at my parents' house according to individual taste. My wife liked the tiramisu and I found it to be good as far as it goes, but it's really not my thing. Bread pudding, however, is one of my favorite desserts, so I was really looking forward to trying each of them, even though butterscotch sounded like it might not be that good. As it turns out, the butterscotch was definitely the better of the two, with the chocolate being, according to my wife, "not chocolatey enough."
I was really happy with our meal at Gondola House. The food was great. The service was outstanding, with our server being both quick with a joke and a refill of our drinks. The other staff were friendly, thanking us as we left. I sincerely wish that Gondola House were located in Knoxville, because I can't think of another Italian restaurant in town in that price range nearly as good on so many fronts. We'll definitely be returning the next time we're in the Nashville area, and I'm certain my family will try it again as well.
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