My wife and I visited the Gas Lantern Italian restaurant to celebrate her birthday. What a magnificent way to spend an evening.
We had plans for later in the evening, so I had made reservations (must have) for 5:30 Friday afternoon. We were shown to our table by the hostess, with no delay. The dining area comprises four rooms in a home originally built in the late 1800s. Our waiter appeared very soon with hot bread and seasoned olive oil. Both my wife and I ordered wine. I was unsure what wine would best complement pasta with the shrimp-and-scallop cream sauce that I planned to order, but the chef's recommendation suited my taste perfectly. We both started our meal with the house salad, with romaine lettuce, various vegetables, and a balsamic dressing.
Our main course was presented as soon as we finished our salads. My shrimp and scallop pasta was magnificent. The bay scallops were tasty and tender. The large shrimp were succulent and perfectly textured. My wife had penne pasta with a sauce of shrimp, tomatoes, and peppers. The only blot on the evening was the fact that the sauce was spicier (hotter) than she had anticipated.
Our waiter was attentive without smothering; service was timely and unobtrusive. Decor is turn-of-the-century and very tasteful. The prices are just a little steep, so the Gas Lantern probably won't be a weekly stop. But, for a special occasion, it's a no-brainer. The menu changes with the season, so you may not see your favorite dish on the menu. It doesn't matter. Just pick something, anything. You won't be disappointed.