La Lanterna ReviewsWe’re honoured to receive so many kind accolades from happy diners. Below you can read a selection of our favourite reviews.
Kris Munro Reviews…
I have had La Lanterna on my list for a while now, as I wanted to try it when it opened but always never managed to get around to visiting….till now.
On entering we were shown to a table and made to feel very welcome!
The restaurant has a very modern Italian feel, and all the staff were very pleasant and helpful and welcoming.
Inside is not the biggest of restaurants, so if you want to visit maybe advanced booking is best so your not disappointed.
On arrival, I instantly thought this is a good portion size, and couldn’t wait to start.
This was so good!!! very smooth and mega tasty!!! I loved that this also came with crackers as normally when it comes to Pate, you always have more pate than you do to spread it on.
So having both meant that there was no pate left! which is a BIG pet hate of mine more so when its really nice Pate.
Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5
Glasgow West End Review
I’ve been planning to go along to La Lanterna at Kelvinbridge since it opened in September, 2017. I eventually made it last night, when Margaret and I went along with Val for a belated celebration for her birthday.
The restaurant looks very appealing from the outside and the interior is equally bright and attractive, we all want the pearly grey wooden floors for our houses. The staff were very welcoming and Megan gave us a choice as where we wanted to sit.
We met Val right after work so after studying the different menus we opted for the pre-theatre choice – a deal at £14.95 for two courses or £16.95 for three courses. We had the two courses with extra side dishes to share. We all went for the sea bass, which was exceptional and just melted in your mouth. I loved the topping of tiny, juicy and deliciously flavoured tomatoes. The presentation was perfect.
Val had crispy fried whitebait served with garlic aioli to start – a generous portion, so we all had a taste. Margaret chose Nutella & White Chocolate Torte with Vanilla Ice Cream for her sweet and I had Tiramasu in Tazza, served in a deep cup.
Everything was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect with staff, Lorenzo from Tuscany, Umberto from Sardinia and, of course, the lovely Glaswegian Megan, providing a very friendly, efficient and unobtrusive service.
La Lanterna in Glasgow will light up your tastebuds
NEVER buy a pair of tights for a mermaid. Don’t stand up in a canoe. Always sit at the back of a plane — when did you last hear about one REVERSING into a mountain?
Don’t eat yellow snow. Never buy a second-hand yo-yo from a dwarf. And, whatever you do, NEVER take a sleeping tablet at the same time as a laxative.
Those have always been my top tips, dear reader, but here’s a new one for 2018.
When you visit La Lanterna in Glasgow’s West End — and if you’re partial to a spot of people- watching — make sure you ask for the table next to the till.
For over the course of our 90-minute meal, the passers-by included a cast member of River City, a Taggart star and not one, but TWO Old Firm footballers.
Not bad, eh?
And to all the cynics who suggest they don’t sound very A-list, I suggest you watch Celebrity Big Brother or Celebrity Mastermind and then get back to me with a profuse apology . . .
I actually knew a few faces inside the restaurant as, when we walked in, three of my mates were enjoying a meal with their partners.
Judging by the dejected look on their coupons, I could tell they were all thinking: “Ach, if I’d come with Tam, I’d have got a freebie . . . ”
Nae luck, boys.
Step Inside Glasgow’s Official Best New Italian Restaurant
Fresh from picking up the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at this month’s Italian Awards, La Lanterna West End has certainly made quite the splash on Great Western Road since its opening only two short months ago.
Despite stiff competition from the likes of fellow Italian heavyweights such as Celino’s Partick and Crolla’s Gelateria, La Lanterna reigned supreme and picked up the prestigious award at the 2017 ceremony. This marks an impressive winning streak for the team, who also own the Glasgow’s renowned La Lanterna on Hope Street.
Est. since 1970, sister restaurant La Lanterna Hope Street‘s whopping 47-year history is a testament to its outstanding reputation. It has long been considered one of the best Italian restaurant in the country, winning awards such as: ‘Best Restaurant’, ‘Best Team’, ‘Best Chef’, ‘Best Pasta’ and ‘Best Wine List’ year on year. And with this most recent win for the West End newbie, it looks like this fresh addition is set to follow in the very big footsteps of its sister
After almost five decades, it goes without saying that the team certainly know a thing or two about Glasgow’s enthusiastic appreciation for quality, authentic, Italian food. And that’s what they’re proud to now be serving from Glasgow’s West End as well as the City Centre. From the classics to new twists on traditional dishes, they strive to bring local, Italian neighbourhood dining to each and every plate.
La Lanterna West is Glasgow’s Italian Favourite
THE Moll was feverish with excitement.
I’d promised her a slap-up lunch at one of Glasgow’s best loved Italians, La Lanterna, which has moved into 447 Great Western Road in the bustling Kelvinbridge area.
The neighbourhood gossip had spilled the beans about Star Trek actor Chris Pine popping in for a pasta and was hoping for a repeat visit from the hunk.
We are quickly shown to her table by a courteous waiter and the Moll turns pink when he addresses her as Signora, even though in her head she’s still a youthful Signorita.
I soothed her bruised ego with a glass of Merlot that she declared deliciously light and fruity.
Toots isn’t too ravenous as usual so she opted for a Bruscetta Miste, or mixed vegetable bruscetta and a bowl of their finest Pasta Fagiolo or pasta and bean soup.
She declared them both ‘molto gustoso’ and polished off every morsel. I start with the Bruschetta Con Burrata, crispy toast served with marinated tomatoes in olive oil served with fresh burrata and Mama Mia, it’s delicioso. The cool, creamy cheese a perfect companion to the crispy bread and perfectly fresh tomatoes. For main, I chose the Risotto agli Asparagi, Italian risotto with asparagus, stem broccoli and fonduta cheese cream.
The restaurant also does a nice line in cocktails and we vow to return for a Hendricks Fizz, Gin with cucumber, cracked black pepper, lemon juice, elderflower syrup, lime juice & rose lemonade.
La Lanterna West has a clean, fresh appeal…and fantastic food
One of Scotland’s oldest and most respected Italian restaurants, La Lanterna, has opened a new restaurant, La Lanterna West, on Great Western Road.
Once a small, dark and intimate restaurant, La Lanterna West is now brightly lit, white, pale grey and blue, with fixed booth seating and a clean and fresh appeal.
Chris and Luca, the owners, were both there the night I visited with my family.
The staff were on form, the menu was filled with all my favourites, from fresh langoustine to chicken milanese and the prosecco cocktails with fresh fruits were fabulous. I had a prosecco rosso.
The food was fantastic – I always love getting piping hot food. Our server, Jack, was highly efficient and had some good chat, too.
The ambience was great and completely different from the previous restaurant. Of course in Glasgow you can’t dine out without bumping into people you know!
There are a number of new restaurants opening in and around Glasgow and I’m pleased one so well known in the city centre has come to the fabulous west end.
I’d recommend booking in advance and enjoying some great food and service.
La Lanterna West Scoops Top Prize at 2017 Italian Awards
The cream of the Italian food and drink industry was celebrated at the Scottish Italian Awards, held in Glasgow.
Glasgow restaurants scooped top prizes in several categories as awards for wine, pasta, pizza, fish and chips and ice-cream were dished out.
La Lanterna West End, took the best newcomer prize.
Restaurateurs and staff from Italian businesses came from all over the country to the ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, for the fifth annual awards.
Aldo Zilli, ambassador for the Italian Awards, said: “Italian communities across the UK are a vital part of the hospitality industry and the Italian Awards provide opportunity to recognise and celebrate their contribution. I am proud to be a part of it. As a judge, I have met some very talented chefs and witnessed great development.”
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After a whopping 47 years of serving up award-winning food in Hope Street, Scotland’s official best Italian restaurant (Italian Awards 2016) has finally opened its second venture, ideally placed next to Kelvingrove’s Subway station. Serving up authentic dishes, modern classics and a healthy dose of quirky twists, every plate is handmade, each ingredient locally-sourced and every plate ridiculously fresh. Co-owners Chris Martinolli (General Manager) and Luca Conreno (Head Chef) are proud as punch to bring their flavours west. Mr Conreno is already a bit of a Glasgow celebrity himself – featuring regularly on STV to bring his culinary genius to Live at Five. Already boasting a fully-booked restaurant almost every evening, it looks as though La Lanterna West End is set to follow the same legacy as its City Centre counterpart.
La Lanterna West End
447 Great Western Road
T: 0141 334 0686
12 noon - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday:
12 noon - 10pm
V Zuppa del Giorno (GF)
Freshly made soup of the day
V Gnocco Fritto con Fonduta (GF)
Crispy fried potato gnocchi with melted cheese sauce
Gamberi con Avocado (GF)
Avocado & tiger prawns with a citronette
Crusty Italian bread topped with mixed mushrooms, smoked Italian Ham & Scamorza cheese
V Risotto porcini e crema di peperoni (GF)
Italian risotto with wild Italian mushrooms & finished with roasted pepper cream
Lasagna al Forno
Traditional Homemade lasagne with a rich bolognese & cheese sauce
Penne Ragu Napoletana (GF)
Short pasta with slow roasted beef Napolitana style with fresh herbs & ragu
Salmone con Pomodorini (GF)
Grilled salmon fillet on mash potatoes with a cherry tomato & sweet chilli salsa
Linguine Gamberoni e Zafferano
Long pasta with king prawns , courgettes & cherry tomatoes
Tiramisu in Tazza
Dessert of the Day
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
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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