La Lanterna

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Established in 1973 and reckoned to Scarborough’s oldest Italian restaurant, La Lanterna is very much the Giorgio Alessio show. The chef/patron’s press cuttings are everywhere, along with signed photos of actors who have appeared in the nearby theatre – and the man himself is often out front, advising or whipping up zabaglione. The kitchen rejects pizzeria clichés in favour of Piedmontese truffles and seafood from the local boats – perhaps fish stew with crunchy homemade crostone, lobster or brill cooked simply and served with some al dente veg. You can also eat handsomely by ordering one of the homemade pastas (tagliolini with veal ragù and pecorino, for example), and there are some fine meat dishes too – from buttery veal escalopes with white wine and lemon juice to fillet steak dressed with a luxurious sauce of taleggio cheese, cream and grappa (truffles optional). Patrician Italian wines too.

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Essential Details for La Lanterna

  • Address: 33 Queen Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Scarborough YO11 1HQ
  • Telephone: 01723 363616
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 7.30-9pm
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Area: Yorkshire
  • Price: £47.00
  • Wine: £14.95
  • Champagne: £46.00

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