Local Favorite - La Gioconda
Italian food has a special place in my heart. However, given our background, both my husband and I have very high expectations for Italian cuisine. La Gioconda surpasses those expectations - the quality of food, service, and atmosphere is outstanding. I think this restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in Santa Cruz County. Located in a quaint old home on Main Street in Soquel, formerly the Main Street Garden Cafe, La Gioconda translates as "the Mona Lisa." The name is applicable, as the food is a masterpiece: everything is 100% organic, veggies come from the backyard garden, and everything is made from scratch. We love the basic fettuccine al pomodoro - it actually reminds us of my husband's grandmother's sauce... Dining at La Gioconda really feels like having a meal in an Italian family's home.