Locals love to go out for leisurely Italian meals at Gambardellas. It began with just a kitchen and a single room in a building occupied by multiple tenants. The kitchen grew, as did the number of dining rooms over the years until all of the neighbors were displaced and the restaurant occupied the whole building. The menu blossomed too. Nowadays, you can stick with good old fashioned spaghetti or get creative with Cajun seafood fettuccine, which comes heaped with spicy sausage, scallops, shrimp and halibut in a vodka-chipotle cream sauce. Lasagna ($19.95) is a house specialty, and a mighty fine and surprisingly light wedge of pasta it is. If the weather’s nice, sit outside on the sunny, second-floor terrace overlooking the Chena River.
- Frommer's Staff