La Lanterna

La Lanterna
35 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE
  • Telephone 0141 221 9160
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5pm–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5–7pm; Fri/Sat 3–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14.95
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Long-established, family-run Italian restaurant with delicious, skilfully prepared food that is by turns traditional and inventive.

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One of Glasgow’s most venerable family-run Italian restaurants, this cosy subterranean venue opposite Central Station is the archetypal Italian dining experience, squarely based around family, tradition and serving food of excellent quality. Its dark wood, white tablecloths and classic black and white photographs of the old country give this award-winning restaurant a chic yet homely feel, with the exceptional service led by co-owner Chris Martinolli (whose father opened the place in 1970) adding a hospitable, welcoming vibe. To start, try the deep-fried vegetables – crisp slices of courgette and mushrooms covered in sizzling-hot but light batter served with lashings of garlic dip. Mains include expertly prepared pastas and a range of quality meats and fish, including an impressive grilled lemon sole, presented whole and in grand fashion, the piquant capers and glorious lemon butter working particularly well with a side of tenderstem broccoli. Desserts include their famous tiramisú, lusciously creamy and made to a secret recipe that is as old as the restaurant itself. A healthy blend of passion and tradition mean La Lanterna continues to be at the forefront of fantastic Italian cooking.

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Rowan Anderson visited La Lanterna on 30 January 2018
  • High point: Enticing menu
  • Low point: No disabled access
  • Notable dish: Sogliola alla griglia - grilled whole lemon sole with fresh lemon, chopped capers and white wine
  • Average price: £12.95 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)

Awarded Best Italian Restaurant in Scotland 2013 and 2014, and winner of The Glasgow Restaurant Associations' Best Italian Restaurant, La Lanterna has been serving customers Glasgow's finest Italian food experience for over 44 years. Situated opposite Central Station, adjacent to Radisson blu Hotel and 5 Minutes from The Hydro arena it is in the ideal location for a business event or for visitors to the city. On offer are a fine selection of handmade pastas and raviolis with wild Boar or seafood. For meat lovers there are a selection of steaks including both veal and beef T-bones. A selection of daily fish specials are always available along with an extensive Italian wine list selected from the finest vineyards in Italy. A warm welcome awaits in a friendly and intimate atmosphere in the heart of Glasgow.

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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Italian music
  • Capacity: 84
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 1970
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

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