Established on Hope Street in 1970, La Lanterna is Glasgow’s oldest, family-run, Italian restaurant. While La Lanterna may have a few years under its belt, the kitchen is still dedicated to keeping up with the latest techniques and producing the finest Italian dishes. That ongoing commitment has been recognised recently with the business being named Best Italian at the Glasgow Restaurant Awards 2012 and the Scottish Entertainment Awards 2013.
Traditionally decorated, La Lanterna has a welcoming ambience and the front of house staff take great pride in their warm, professional style of service. Combine that service ethos with authentic Italian food and it is not hard to see why customers come back again and again – sometimes for decades.
Still owned and run by the family that first established La Lanterna, the restaurant has developed an extensive repertoire of much loved Italian dishes that run across a number of menus. Located in the city centre and within easy reach of several theatres and concert halls, La Lanterna’s good value lunch and pre-theatre menus are understandably popular. The kitchen also offers set price Saturday night menus and seasonal menus highlighting different dishes during the months when their ingredients are at their peak.
From the a la carte menu, classic starters include the calamari; grilled Tuscan sausage with marinated Borlotti beans and the house antipasto platter of Italian hams and salamis garnished with roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella. Of course, La Lanterna makes its own pasta for dishes like the pepper and goats cheese ravioli or the seafood linguini.
Seafood dishes such as monkfish wrapped in Parma ham are always big sellers as are meat dishes like the pan-fried calves liver; veal cutlets and duck breast in an orange sauce. Steak lovers are very well catered for with options such as the classic Tournedos Rossini - fillet steak on a fine crouton, topped with melted pâté, covered in a rich Madeira and brandy sauce.
Many customers insist on leaving space for desserts like the chocolate and orange pannacotta; the zabaglione or the legendary house tiramisu. The Italian wine list is a treasure trove
La Lanterna, 35 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE