We visited La Lanterna for the first time yesterday. It was the lunchtime opening and very quiet. (We had previously driven past on many evenings but it must have been on Mondays or Tuesdays and the restaurant was closed.)
From the moment we walked in yesterday we were welcomed and appreciated as valued customers and treated as friends.
I asked if some of the dishes could be made vegan and this was not a problem at all. We were recommended some of the meals and we shared the farinata of the day (pumpkin and rosemary) yum! and l chose the linguine alle vongole minus the clams. Also yum! The other dish we had was the gnocci of the day. Washed down with a glass of red and an Italian beer, this was a delicious meal.
Both the manager and chef (joint owners?) delivered a wonderful dining experience and it was awesome to have time to talk about the wonders of Italy as we had traveled there just a few months ago.
I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates authentic Italian cuisine at its best, served up with genuine hospitality.
We will definitely return again and again.
This is the best kept secret in Redcliffe. Absolutely amazing food. The service was exceptional. The wine... OMG.. The $39 chefs special, 5 courses and dessert was fantastic value and was catered to our own tastes..
I can't fault my experience. Definitely going to become a regular of this little gem.