- Telephone 0141 221 9160
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10.30pm; Sat noon–11pm. Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5.30–7.30pm; Sat 4–6pm
- Average price £10.95 (set lunch); £23 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £12.95
- Website www.lalanterna-glasgow.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
If its location at the tail-end of Hope Street is a little dingy, stepping inside La Lanterna provides a welcome step back into an almost forgotten age of catering. In a scene that is predisposed to bringing a contemporary or modern twist to classic dishes to remain fashionable, La Lanterna's understated commitment to tradition is a refreshing change. Since opening in 1970, the restaurant has remained in the same family, with Christopher Martinolli and Luca Conreno now carrying on its lineage. There is a clear confidence in this heritage, with suited waiters, carafes of wine and snippets of Italian shared between staff giving La Lanterna a recognisable identity. The menu is vast and throws up few unknowns. Specials are predominantly seafood-based and illustrate the kitchen’s more creative side, with fresh, seared scallops encircling a lightly dressed king prawn salad, for instance. There is an impressive array of homemade pasta, with wild boar ravioli, topped with truffle, rosemary and butter, a clear stand-out.
- High point: Good regional specialties
- Low point: Chairs not too comfy
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Italian easy listening
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1970
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle
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