I recently revisited England and stayed with the lovely family for whom I had worked, and one evening, they kindly took me to a restaurant they enthusiastically described as a little corner of Italy in Surrey. How right they were! Though I love Italian food, my circumstances at the time I worked for them did not allow me to eat out much – and certainly not in posh places. La Lanterna looked quite posh to me when we entered but any timidity I might have felt was immediately relieved by the smiles with which we were welcomed. These smiles remained throughout but, at the end of the evening, my own smile must have been the biggest of all! I suppose I went for familiar dishes but the minestra was thick and flavoursome, the veal cutlets (my hosts did not quite condone my choice of this meat...) were thick and tender – and for the tiramisù, well, it was the best and prettiest I have ever had.
A big ‘grazie’ to my hosts and the restaurant itself!
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