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Antica Hostaria della Lanterna

#413 of 6,477 Restaurants in Milan
Certificate of Excellence
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Via Giuseppe Mercalli 3, 20122 Milan, Italy
+39 02 5830 9604
20:15 - 23:45
12:00 - 14:30
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Mon - Fri 20:15 - 23:45
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
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58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to Milan Christmas week in part to celebrate our anniversary on Dec. 27. The hotel booked a reservation at a restaurant we favored in Milan for our anniversary dinner and confirmed it in advance of our travel to Milan. We arrived at that restaurant only to find it shuttered for the holiday break. Hostaria della Laterna was on... More 

Thank Domer84
Greater London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

.....but I think i am in milano 's best restaurant. It is local cusine and so good that i believe they can even not wash my dishes for as much i ve cleaned them up Home made gnocchi alla salsiccia and a special creamy type of tiramisu (not too many cofee and without savoiardi). All served with local dialect spoken... More 

Thank genzana
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

No menu, An no one speaks English, but somehow we understand and it works. Delicious authentic food and desert. Not expensive.

Thank Eyal G
Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Just a mum and her son - no menu, all locals eating there, and wonderful delicious food. It's a lot of fun whether you speak Italian or not.

Thank Edward B
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74 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Genuine Italian food, didn't understand a word but the food was wonderful! Really good value as the food was rather cheap.

Thank Simon W
Vienna, Wien, Austria
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45 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Very tasty and highly quality food in a family atmosphere! The woman who runs the restaurant is so friendly and cooks really well, plus the price is really cheap for what you eat. We had penne with meat ragout and gnochi with gorgonzola for first dishes and ossobuco as main dish: everything was so tasty and well prepared. As desert... More 

Thank Joana S
Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

Wow! The dinner I had at Osteria della lanterna was the best, and most genuine, I had in Milan. The woman who runs the restaurant cooks and serves amazing home cooked italian food. Letr her choose what you should order and you will end up with an amazing dinner (and be quite full when leaving). The prices are very low... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Good food in a family atmosphere, there are few restaurants like this left in Milan. We had gnocchi with salsiccia, brasato and polenta, tiramisu'. All very tasty.

Thank Piergiorgio75
Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

A great find. The older woman who runs the place is great! She'll rattle off the menu verbally to you so it definitely helps if you speak Italian or know a bit about the local specialties. We had gnocchi with gorgonzola and a spicy macaroni and the ossobucco. All of them were excellent. Be sure to leave room for desert... More 

Thank Valerie C
Milan, Italy
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

I call it excellent, not because the food is amazing, not because the environment is very beautiful, not because the service is beyond belief (even though the old lady runs everywhere and manages not to make you wait, which is incredible), not because there are too many choices (you likely can find the same offer time after time) but it's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 16 - US$ 37
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
20:15 - 23:45
12:00 - 14:30
20:15 - 23:45
12:00 - 14:30
20:15 - 23:45
12:00 - 14:30
20:15 - 23:45
12:00 - 14:30
20:15 - 23:45
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Giuseppe Mercalli 3, 20122 Milan, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Milan>  > Navigli
  • Neighbourhood: Navigli
  • Phone Number: +39 02 5830 9604

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Navigli

Neighbourhood Profile
The Navigli is part of historic Milan. In the ancient days, the entire city was linked with canals, similar to Venice. Today, most of the canals are gone, but the Navigli remains a canal-based neighborhood. There are two major canals: Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande. The Naviglio Grande's bridges greet visitors at dusk with an amazing view. The Navigli district specializes in clubs, cafes, and vintage shops. Lifestyle reigns supreme here. You can start the walk from the Colonne di San Lorenzo, an antique colonnade in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo. During the daytime, this place acts as a meeting point for artists and students reading books or chatting with friends; the nights turn it into a stepping-stone for club hoppers. Science lovers will also relish the opportunity to visit the Science and Technology National Museum Leonardo Da Vinci, showcasing inventions of the Italian genius.
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