La Lanterna

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La Lanterna
35 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE
  • Telephone 0141 221 9160
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5pm–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5–7pm; Fri/Sat 3–6pm
  • Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £23 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £14.95
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  • Website www.lalanterna-glasgow.co.uk
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Long-established, family-run Italian restaurant in the city centre with delicious, skilfully prepared food that is by turns traditional and inventive.

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Hidden in plain sight on one of Glasgow’s busiest streets, many would walk past this Italian institution situated right opposite Central Station. The warm and unprententious setting, together with a few glamorous touches, invites diners to indulge themselves, and with the arrival of the table nibbles you know you’re in good hands – the house-made focaccia is so moreish it would satisfy as a starter by itself. Aged prosciutto and ‘seasonal fruit’ is beautifully presented as a parcel of the freshest mixed berries, rich in colour, enveloped in a bed of the finest, thickly sliced prosciutto ham. It’s a simple but mouthwateringly sweet and salty delight – testament to the quality of their ingredients. Risotto mari e monti is among the best risottos you’ll try in Glasgow. A 50-50 ratio of rice to seafood is skilfully combined so all the textures are spot on, with enormous prawns, just pink, and generous chunks of monkfish coated in silky, al dente arborio rice, which is equally delicious (with stock tasting like the kitchen are making use of the prawn shells). Despite the portion being generous, you’ll be sorry to take the last mouthful.

  • High point: Exquisite food
  • Low point: No disabled access
  • Notable dish: Risotto mari e monti (sea and mountain)

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: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: opera
  • Capacity: 84
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 1970
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle