A group of twelve friends were meeting to catch up at Gabriella's on a Wednesday night. We arrived at 6:30 and the dining room was full of couples, Pennsylvania government officials, lobbyists, and families. The suggestion to make reservations in advance is a good one. After ordering well-made cocktails at the bar, we headed to our table. The dining room was noisy, but perfect for our large group.
Our server, Gina, was amazing! She went from one end of the table to the other to relay the specials, and was attentive through out the evening. It was most enjoyable. Since we had a large group, I was able to see and try many different dishes. The lasagna, "as good as my grandmother's" was a hit, and another friend stated that "the chicken Francese is the best I've ever had!" I ordered chicken Oscar, and Gina suggested fettuccine rather than capellini to hold up to the chicken. Good advice! It was perfect. Another in our group had the lobster ravioli special with shrimp and the presentation was exquisite on a long, narrow plate. There were no leftovers.
Although we were a big group and the dining room was full, our service and food was outstanding. I highly recommend Gabriella's. Everyone in our group said that they would go back. I have found many good restaurants in the Harrisburg area, but there are only a handful that rank a return visit. This is definitely on my list as one of the best.
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