La Lanterna West End

La Lanterna West End
447 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HH
  • Telephone 0141 334 0686
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 3–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14.95
  • Email
  • Website lalanternawestend.co.uk
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Bright and contemporary Italian serving up in-house made pastas and Scottish meats and seafood from the grill.

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Dazzlingly well-lit, with a bird-egg grey and white washed wood interior, La Lanterna West End is high-end Italian trattoria meets New England seaside, by way of Kelvinbridge subway. Service is impeccable and the gentle buzz from its well-heeled clientele encourages lingering over antipasti and aperitif – and the sharing pesce board of marinated tuna, subtly smoked halibut, fried calamari tentacles and fresh swordfish washed down with an Aperol is just the ticket. Comfort food seekers can sink deep into rarefied peasant staples such as borlotti bean and rosemary soup followed by one of the house-made pastas like roasted veal ravioli, sauced with an intense Barolo wine reduction. The newly added small plates menu offers more of a casual mix-and-match feel alongside the traditional à la carte, with warm smoked ham filled with fried aubergine and mozzarella and a bright tricolore salad of broad beans, green beans and cherry tomatoes perfect for grazing. La Lanterna is a seminal Glasgow Italian restaurant and a visit is a must – just make sure you come with a true loved one so the fight over the delizia di dolci dessert platter of crème brûlée, mousse and more doesn’t get too messy.

The List's rating
8

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Ruth Marsh visited La Lanterna West End on 17 January 2019
  • High point: Watching the pasta made fresh by hand
  • Low point: The bill can start to rack up if you're not careful
  • Notable dish: Ravioli Carne
  • Average price: £12.95 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle