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La Gondola Lakehurst NJ........................

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Three of us went to La Gondola in rt 70 Lakehurst tonight for an Italian dinner, my wife had a craving for pasta.....been there once before and it was satisfactory for a Pizza/Restaurant style place.....we were seated and after looking at the menus proceeded to give out order which were three Pepsi's, 3 egg drop/spinach soups.. Linguine w/white clam sauce, Linguine w/ Red Clam sauce...& my wife ordered Spaghetti w/ White clam sauce. We first got the soup which was tasteless.......after ten minutes the waitress comes back to ask how we are doing so we say ....."can we please have our Pepsi's now" !!!!......finally the main courses were served...they looked nice with fresh clams in the shell & chopped too..........BUT, my wife took one bite and tells me the Spaghetti is RAW!!!! She couldn't even twirl it on the fork, the other two were satisfactory but nothing special.....so she tell the waitress & she takes it back to the kitchen after 10 more min it returns & the waitress is watching her take the first bite....my wife tries it again and guess what? Its the same thing super aldente & uneatable...... disgusted we said please take it back & forget about it......she says the cook put it back in a pan with some juices and covered it trying to steam it cooked or something like that......5 minutes later she returns and says the cook is making a whole new order.......at his point we were done & I said fine just make it to go.....while we waited the OWNER comes to our table and apologizes & says that this is the way we make spaghetti & I can't please everyone!!....my wife said we're from a restaurant family & know what good pasta should be........after all this frustrated and just wanting to leave....I took the to-go order paid the bill and left.....Oh well another one crossed off our list for sure.......

Thank you for letting me vent

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  1. Ewwww. Sorry the meal turned out like that for you. We've passed that place many times, and even from the road it never gave off any good vibes.

    John

    1. Sounds horrible. Ate here many times for years and always good food, but haven't been for about 3 years since I stopped working at Lakehurst.

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      1. re: carl555

        Many people have suggested going to Luigi's Restaurant nearby in downtown Lakehurst as a good alternative for Italian also....we'll see.

      2. my wife took one bite and tells me the Spaghetti is RAW!!!! She couldn't even twirl it on the fork, the other two were satisfactory but nothing special....my wife said we're from a restaurant family & know what good pasta should be.......

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        I'm sorry, but I am a little confused. The spaghetti came to the table where it was still straight and firm?

        {they looked nice with fresh clams in the shell & chopped too..........}

        But, you describe as nothing special.

        So you did not like the soup and you had to ask twice for your Pepsi...for me the jury is still out on your wife's spaghetti.

        The waitress asked you how everything was...

        handled your concerns...twice
        The cook cooked up your order...then recooked a second plate
        the owner came by to apologize....maybe something lost in his sincereness or delivery.

        All this angst over under-seasoned soup and too firm pasta and a few forgotten Pepsies. I guess mishaps never happened in your restaurant family. I think there may be more to this story than told here.

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        1. re: fourunder

          We tried it, had a very bad experience tried to describe it best I could. They had their chance & failed miserably....There are too many other establishments that we enjoy far more.
          Live & learn......I hope others that dine there enjoy it, but we will definitly not be going back to La Gondola every again thats for sure.