About – Our History


30 years of la lanterna

“La Lanterna, the Lantern in Italian”

Ever see a canopy of bistro lights from the Saw Mill parkway and wonder what is over there? The answer is La Lanterna, the Lantern in Italian. The outside patio has a beautiful garden setting with vibrant colors and a serene vintage feel with tall light filled trees and cozy iron tables. The main event is the stunning fireplace in the center of the patio that is warm and inviting to enjoy a glass of wine next to. La Lanterna is known for their fresh pasta’s, authentic Italian dishes and Home of the stuffed sicilian. La Lanterna uses only fresh and high quality ingredients that you will taste at first bite.

A small village in southern Italy called Zungoli began the story of La Lanterna. Rafael Tarone came to America with nothing in his pocket but a dream. He established La Lanterna over 30 years ago and even after his passing the intentions continued to stay the same. Good food with good company. The Italian – Swiss inspired menu was created from Rafael’s hometown roots and his brother, Chef Valterio Tarone who studied and worked to be a cuisine artist in Switzerland. Together, the menu continued to grow and exceed the expectations of its visitors. Every dish has heightened into a magnificent delight for your taste. The fresh pasta dishes to the Pinwheel Lasagna will make you feel like you are in Italy. Pizza is the staple to La Lanterna’s menu with its main highlight of their Sicilian pie. La Lanterna is known for their generous portions and unique taste.  Once ago, this was a hidden best kept secret, but that secret is no longer true, now serving guests near and far. Over the years, La Lanterna has continued to be a mark in the Yonkers community while giving their guests exactly what they want, superb food, excellent service in a charming ambience. 


• Zungoli, Italy •

Opened it’s doors in 1990, La Lanterna was voted, “Best Italian Fine Dining”, “Al Fresco Outdoor Seating” and “Most Romantic Restaurant in Yonkers” by the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce. La Lanterna has a cozy, warm elegant atmosphere and is known for having a friendly, courteous & well-informed staff, who will make you feel right at home. A private party room is also available at La Lanterna. they also offer take-out, off-premises catering and private home cooking. Come and join La Lanterna as we celebrate our 30th year serving the best food in Westchester!