Long-established, family-run Italian restaurant with delicious, skilfully prepared food that is by turns traditional and inventive.
This family-run establishment is a staple of Glasgow’s food and drink scene, fast approaching a half century of distinguished service, and it's still deserving of its status as one of the best. La Lanterna positively breathes Italy – pastoral photographs and paintings from the homeland adorn the walls of this dusky basement, as does – for football fans – a signed shirt courtesy of AC Milan legend Kaka. Wine buffs will find the detailed menu with information about Italy’s regions of interest – above and beyond what’s expected from a drinks selection. The service is impeccably genial, you’re treated like an old friend from the word go. To start, the piatta nordico, tuna and swordfish with a tangy citrus dressing, is excellent, as are the gamberoni in crosta – juicy prawns coated in oatmeal. There’s no pizza here so tuck into the pasta, in particular the signature dish of ravioli novelli – spinach and ricotta pasta tossed with sage and parmesan – a wonderfully rich and creamy dish but not too decadent. The tiramisù is a family recipe, conceived by co-owner Chris Martinolli’s father 39 years ago – it’s moist, firm and the flavours are exquisitely balanced. Why mess with something so classy?
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: Light opera, turned down
- Capacity: 84
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 1970
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £19.95 per bottle
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