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Sorrento: La Lanterna

Via San Cesareo 23 , Phone: 0818 781355

Reviewed by: AnnaP from Canada, review #3310

When: 2009

We loved this restaurant! It took us a while to find it but so glad we did. We were greeted by a friendly waiter who seated us in the little corridor

We sat at the entrance. We could have sat inside, which was lovely and air conditioned but chose to sit outside.

The waiters were very efficient and very friendly, which is refreshing. We found a lot of waiters and generally people working in the service industry to be very aloo in Italy.

Our waiter brought us a plate of bruschetta and we ordered a litre of red wine, I believe it was Lacrima Cristi (sp?) which we found delightful.

We shared a delicious antipasti di mare with octopus, shrimp, squid all dressed up in olive oil, lemon juice and fresh parsly - it was excellent. I ordered the most delicious linguine with porcini mushrooms in a light creamy sauce and topped with lots of reggiano. It was a huge serving but OMG, absolute heaven! My husband had the orrechiette with sausage and rabe that was also delicious. When we finished gorging ourselves, we were shown the dessert table inside - what a selection! We each had something with tons of chocolate and an espresso and called it a night.

I can honestly say this was the best meal we had during our 3 weeks in Italy. The waiters had a sense of humour and we really felt welcomed. Beautiful atmosphere (Oh, and the bathrooms were very nice too). Would eat here again and again. Just loved it.

Reviewed by: Mandric from England, review #1867

When: 2006

The Best Spaghetti I have eaten, the Best local wine I have had the pleasure to sup, and the absolute Best coffee ever in which you can taste the coffee bean.

Directions: Situated in a small and pretty alley right in the middle of things.

This restaurant is situated in a small and pretty alley in the middle of Sorrento. We were walking along somewhere near the Sedil Dominova, admiring the shops and stalls with the fresh produce and HUGE lemons, and all the other stalls with their curio merchandise, getting hungry taking in the sights and sounds as tourists do, when this restaurant appeared in a side street (I should have spotted the large sign on the wall but it was the aroma and decor that attracted me). Instead of walking up into the main restaurant area, we sat at one of the empty tables that rest along the wall, while continuing to watch the passers by. We were attended to immediately by such gentle mannered and smiling staff that we felt right at home. It is so welcoming with a family feel.

The food is delicious, the local wine is a compliment, and the coffee is superb. It is more than reasonably priced, but then the advice I was given in general before my vacation by a family member who had travelled to Italy before, to select the jug of local red wine, and not ask specifically for a bottle or 'recommendation' which will raise the price, was spot on and kept the meal affordable. Local wine in Sorrento is very palatable and it is a wonderful feeling to still enjoy a good meal and pay a fair price without a large wine bill expense then spoiling the experience (and the budget)!

And this restaurant provides a very enjoyable meal at very fair price. Best of all, it boasts the remains of a Roman house with fantastic mosaics preserved under glass downstairs. Unfortunately I was not aware of this history at first and did not get to see the mosaics this time, but this can wait until our next visit...

I highly recommend the standard coffee which was the best coffee I have ever tasted, for coffee lovers who appreciate when one can taste the bean, they will love this. I also recommend as a meal, pretty much everything on the menu! It is fresh, tastes fresh and the pasta was cooked to perfection, not too soft, not too hard, prima!

Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #1501

When: 2005

Best spaghetti alle vongole of our trip!

This very nice restaurant in Sorrento had outdoor and indoor seating options and had a good mix of locals and tourists on a Saturday night. Service was attentive and the owner selected a nice local vino bianco (though not inexpensive)when I asked for his recommendation. We started with a very good caparese salad and insalta mista. Both were very fresh with good olive oil.

My husband loves spaghetti vongole and made it his mission to sample this dish at many restaurants on this trip (the winner still remains those we had on the Ligurian coast). La Laterna receives his vote for the best vongole this trip. I had a lovely white fish served caprese style. This was a moderately priced restuarant and we would be happy to return.

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