One thing I did well in Glasgow was EAT. As I mentioned in my previous Glasgow travel post, I didn’t have one bad or average meal in Glasgow. Although like any self-respecting foodie, I made sure to do my research before my trip. La Lanterna was one restaurant that popped up again and again in my searches. It’s a long-standing and award winning Italian restaurant, and the fact that it was a mere two minute walk from our hotel meant I had no hesitation in booking a table for myself and Phill on the Saturday night. We had an early dinner reservation because that night we were going to a gig. But since we were up early and had spent the whole day on our feet, we were more than ready to devour three Italian courses!
La Lanterna’s Á la carte menu is extensive. Be prepared to pour over the menu for ages, deciding what you’ll have. Phill choose 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. Our food came out within minutes of our starters being cleared away. I was glad to see the mains weren’t enormous. Whilst not the prettiest looking plate of food, 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 we thought.
Phill ordered the chocolate torte and I the tiramisu. Both were suitably rich, which suited us just fine. The tiramisu is a La Lanterna staple and the recipe is 39 years old. It was beautifully creamy although I would have liked it to be a little more boozy! The chocolate torte contained moka coffee mouse and was served with cream. I did think the dessert presentation of the chocolate sauce and fruit was a little dated. However, La Lanterna is a homely feeling restaurant and I doubt modern presentation is of high importance to them. They serve well-cooked, fuss-free Italian food. I also liked that most of the waiting staff appeared to be Italian!
Thank you to La Lanterna for allowing us to come along and review the food.