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Ravenna: Ristorante La Gardela

via Ponte Marino , Phone: 0544217147

Reviewed by: Amy from MA, review #4072

When: 2013

Nice choice for a meal in Ravenna, with meat and seafood on the menu.

Swordfish carpaccio with burata, photo by Amy

We bumbled into this place for lunch after we found our first choice unexpectedly closed. Very popular with the business crowd (there is a simple daily lunch menu of pasta and dessert) - at 1:30 the place was packed, and at 2:30 seemingly everyone but us brought their lunch tickets up to the cashier. Nice, elderly waiters, comfortable interior and a small outside area. We shared a tasty antipasto of squacquerone (soft local cheese) with piadina (flatbread). I had a pristine swordfish carpaccio with burrata; and my husband enjoyed a nicely crisp fritto misto of shrimp, calamari, and zucchini. Delicious lunch. A bottle of white wine, one antipasto, two secondi, and two coffees was 49 euros.

Reviewed by: constance235 from USA, review #3175

When: 2009

Lovely food and extraordinarily friendly reception

A wonderful restaurant. Started with glasses of prosecco. Then I had capelleti en brodo and my husband had tortellini burro e salvia. I then had strips of beef in balsamic with rocket, and Nick had veal scallopini limone, and we shared some roast potatoes. A bottle of Montepulciano and gelato (chocolate with some kind of cherry liqueur poured over). 2 cafes. All for 63 euros. We just walked in, and were treated beautifully. It's a charming little restaurant (a Slow Food restaurant). Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: rkorchid from NH, review #2822

When: 2007

Delicious food in historic center of Ravenna.

As others have noted this is an excellent restaurant in the beautiful historic center of Ravenna.

Three of us were lucky enough to secure one of the last tables for lunch before the lines formed in October of 2007.

We all ordered differently. One of us just had a maccheroni with gorgonzola and walnuts which was delicious.

Another ordered the piccolo menu ( a nice bargain) which included a starter torte, pasta with butter and sage, and spiedino.

The third had a fabulous starter of anchovies - so fresh and laid out over a salad. That was followed by pappardelle with hare.

This was accompanied by water, a bottle of rosato wine, and three grappas from their extensive grappa menu.

All this was 75 euro.

This is a very popular place so arrive early or reserve. The terrace was still filled with people waiting for tables when we left.

Reviewed by: Monica Pileggi from MD, review #1923

When: 2006

Great restaurant with huge portions. Central location in Ravenna.

Platter of fried calamari, shrimp, zucchini, photo by Monica J. Pileggi

May 2006: This is a nice restaurant with outdoor dining (and a/c inside) and is located near a wonderful indoor market place. This restaurant served huge portions at reasonable prices.

I started with their tortellini stuffed with ricotta and spinach in a tomato/cream sauce, followed by their fried mixed platter of shrimp, calamari, and zucchini. Gary had salmon for his main meal and Pam had the same fried platter as me. I don't remember what they had for their starters. We shared a liter of red wine and bottled water. €20 per person. We all agreed one dish would have been sufficient for lunch, not two.

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #1847

When: 2006

Excellent food and service at a good price. Extensive grappa list. :)

Directions: In Centro Storico

Shannon and I stopped by late afternoon on a Sunday in March to make dinner reservations for that night. The restaurant was pleasantly full, and had a warm and lively atmosphere.

When we arrived for dinner, we were promptly greeted and sat near the kitchen. We ordered a bottle of wine, and started by sharing a "green lasagne" (herbed noodles) that was delicious. It had a robust yet delicate flavor. The half-portion size was plenty big, so keep that in mind when ordering.

Our entree (again, "uno per due" - one for two) was a grilled steak with a balsamic sauce. We'd ordered it cooked "medium" but when it came it was rare. As I looked at it and debated what to do, I noticed our waiter watching our table. He caught my eye and immediately came over and offered to send the steak back to the kitchen. IMO, his awareness and offer to rectify the problem was a sign of excellent service.

While waiting, we sipped our wine, Shannon ate her portion of the steak and we shared a tasty spinach side dish with lemon and garlic. When my steak was returned, it was cooked *perfectly* -- and the sauce was to die for! Really an outstanding meal. Again, our half-portion sizes were just right.

They tended to bring each course to the table as soon as the previous one was finished, but I'm sure that could be dealt with by asking for a more leisurely pace.

We finished the evening with grappa ... we didn't look at a menu, just asked the server to bring us two glasses. Shannon's was smoother than mine, and she kindly traded with me. When we got the bill, the grappas weren't included - our waiter told us they were complimentary. I don't know if it was because of the steak issue or because we'd told the owner it was Shannon's birthday dinner, but it was a lovely touch. Total for two with a bottle of wine: €50.

I highly recommend La Gardèla! The food, service, and atmosphere were all wonderful.

Reviewed by: Pauline from NM (moderator), review #306

When: 2000

Larger restaurant with very good food. Recommended by the Cadogan guide.

They had a grilled vegetable secondi. Steve had "fish from the Adriatic" which turned out to be many little, tiny, fish on a skewer (not his favorite type of fish). Next time he will order something different.

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