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Gondolier still feels like home in new location

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By Clay Fong Camera Dining Critic

POSTED:   02/20/2014 09:00:00 PM MST

Considering it’s nearly synonymous with classic red sauce dishes, Boulder’s Gondolier Italian Eatery is probably more accurately pegged as more Italian-American than straight-up authentic Italian. But such categorization perhaps misses the point.

A local staple since 1960, the Gondolier is one of those rare spots where the experience is about more than just the food — it’s also about the memories. For some, this eatery might evoke fond recollections of all-you-can-eat family spaghetti diners, or perhaps even a first job or first date. For me, it was one of the few affordable, non-fast-food places where I could hang out with friends when I moved here to attend college in the ’90’s.

The current Foothills and Baseline incarnation is less formal than its former Pearl Street digs of a couple of years back. Yet, the warm lighting, recycled wine box paneling and a calming earth tone decor give it a more upscale feel than its former ’90s location on 28th Street. But, perhaps most important, it still retains family friendly service and a hospitable atmosphere where folks can enjoy a Chianti while the little ones munch on pizza.

Someone who’s strayed away from Boulder for decades would doubtless feel a comfortable familiarity with the current bill of fare. Today’s menu is anchored by such old favorites as garlic knots, marinara sauce spaghetti and parmesans of both vegetarian and chicken strips. This isn’t to say things are trapped in the past, though, as there’s also gluten-free Mafaldine noodles and pizza crusts. More sophisticated selections include pork marsala and poached salmon, but on a recent dinner visit, my dinner companions and I made a beeline for the old-school standards……

Read More:http://www.dailycamera.com/lifestyles/ci_25182121/gondolier-italian-eatery-restaurant-review-new-boulder-location

 

Restaurant Redux: Gondolier pasta

BY CAROL W. MAYBACH      FEBRUARY 11, 2014 10:30 AM

Loyal fans of the 52-year-old Gondolier are cheering now that the cherished Boulder institution is back to business. Gary and Jan Kugel first began serving heirloom Italian recipes in 1960 on Broadway Avenue in Boulder….Consequently, chef-owner Nelson Kugel (the Kugel’s son, who trained at the Western Culinary Institute) shuttered the Pearl Street space and re-opened on December 22 in the Meadows on the Parkway Shopping Center.

The younger Kugel remains committed to offering seasonal, handcrafted Italian cuisine at a reasonable price point. With warm woods, a long bar area, and a dining room bathed in a palate of cappuccino and chocolate, the new upscale casual spot is both cozy and accessible. Old favorites, like house-made, thick-cut spaghetti (pictured) and generously loaded pizzas still shine, as well as an outstanding list of soups, salads, pastas, and sandwiches….

Read More:  http://www.5280.com/blogs/2014/02/11/restaurant-redux-gondolier

 

The Gondolier is here: Storied Boulder eatery debuts in new home after 15 months away

Diners turn out at local favorite’s new location on Baseline
By Alicia Wallace and Joe Rubino Camera Staff Writers

 

Gondolier Italian Eatery is Open AgainDaily Camera 12/26/2013:When the Gondolier Italian Eatery shuttered its downtown Boulder restaurant in September 2012, owner Nelson Kugel vowed that the Italian eatery his father opened 52 years earlier would not be dark for long.

 

 

Read More: http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-business/ci_24799844/gondolier-is-here-storied-boulder-eatery-debuts-new

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nelsonbldr weeklyNew looks for fall

Boulder Weekly: Remodeled, re-established or just plain new, three Boulder restaurants bring excitement to dining landscape.

Nelson Kugel, owner of the Gondolier, unrolls a blueprint under the hanging halogen lights in his restaurant’s new location at the Meadows Shopping Center……

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http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-11767-new-looks-for-fall.html

 

 

gondolier-newThe Gondolier returns: 50-year-old Boulder eatery to re-open

at Baseline and Foothills

Daily Camera: Restaurant shuttered its Pearl Street location last fall.

The owner of The Gondolier — the venerable Italian restaurant that operated for 52 years in Boulder before closing its doors last fall — plans to re-open the eatery at the Meadows on the Parkway shopping center in southeast Boulder…

Read More:  http://www.dailycamera.com/business_old/ci_23544577/gondolier-returns-50-year-old-boulder-eatery-re