La Lanterna West End Blog

News and reports from everything La Lanterna in the West End
La Lanterna West End is Coming

La Lanterna West End is Coming

We’re arriving int he West End, finally!

We’re absolutely delighted to announce the opening of our second restaurant in September 2017, bringing La Lanterna to Glasgow’s esteemed West End.

We’ll be moving into 447 Great Western Road; the site where renowned restaurant, La Parmigiana, has been serving up delicious Italian food by the Giavanazzi family and team for 39 glorious years. Now, as the family looks forward to retiring, we’re honoured to be moving in as our friends move out.

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Vote for La Lanterna at the 2017 Italian Awards

Vote for La Lanterna at the 2017 Italian Awards

Voting is once again officially OPEN for the Scottish Italian Awards! And would you believe it – our very own Chris has even bagged himself a starring role in this year’s launch video. Watch him in action below:

Now, we know you can’t vote for La Lanterna West End just yet, but we’d be honoured if any of our City Centre restaurant fans would like to vote for us,

We couldn’t possibly talk about the Italian Awards without reminiscing over last year’s epic ceremony. We think the picture below pretty much sums up how the evening went for team La Lanterna:

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La Lanterna West End
447 Great Western Road
G12 8HH
T: 0141 334 0686


12 noon - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday:
12 noon - 10pm

Among the best risottos you’ll try in Glasgow

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 unpretentious 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.

- The List Eating and Drinking Guide 2017

Top 10 Newest Glasgow Restaurants

La Lanterna’s Á la carte menu is extensive. Be prepared to pour over the menu for ages, deciding what you’ll have. Phill chose the Calamari to start and this was served with garlic mayonnaise and a leafy salad. I opted for the soup of the day which was roast tomato and pepper. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our starters and we didn’t have to wait long for them to be brought out. I deliberately went for something light and I liked that the soup was textured and looked suitably rustic.

Phill ordered the veal ravioli for his main course whilst I had the pancetta risotto. Phill’s veal and ravioli was cooked to perfection and he loved the wild mushroom sauce. My risotto was delicious, with plenty of ham, pea and mushroom throughout.

As we perused the dessert menu Phill finished the last of his red wine which the restaurant manager selected especially for him. Phill loved the taste so much he asked for the name of it to be written down. It was called Gran Maestro Puglia and the waiter who poured the wine explained in detail about its taste and how it was from his region of Italy. A nice touch.

Phill ordered the chocolate torte and I the tiramisu. The tiramisu is a La Lanterna staple and the recipe is 39 years old. It was beautifully creamy. La Lanterna is a homely feeling restaurant, they serve well-cooked, fuss-free Italian food.

- Ruth, Willow Lane Blog