La Locanda, Italian Restaurant, Gisburn, Lancashire

À la Carte

For you to enjoy food that’s been created using the freshest and best quality produce available, our à la carte menu can change relatively frequently. Therefore, below, we’ve just provided you with a small selection of dishes that have appeared on the menu recently. If you would like to be emailed our full, current à la carte menu, please call or email us and we will be happy to oblige.

When you come to La Locanda, we want you to experience the true taste of Italy and all of our dishes are freshly cooked to order using traditional techniques and ingredients. Also, although well behaved children are always very welcome at La Locanda, you won’t find a ‘children’s menu’ here and this is because, in Italy, we like to develop the palates of the bambini early and they would generally share with the food adults are eating. Please feel free to discuss this with us when you visit La Locanda with children. Many of the dishes you’ll see on the menu can be made to children’s size portions, and we are also more than happy to prepare simpler pasta dishes, if required.

Allergen Advice: Please note, we are able to offer some dishes not using gluten. However, as with all food allergens, our dishes are prepared in areas which allergenic ingredients are present and so we cannot guarantee that dishes are 100% free of these ingredients due to the preparation process.

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Meal time in Italy is a really important part of the day; it’s an occasion to socialise and relax, and a meal can often take four hours, or even longer when it’s a special occasion and there’s lots of chatting between courses.

Italians love to savour the flavour and tastes of their food, and consider eating as an experience to be enjoyed, associating good food with all of the special occasions in life. At a formal meal, it’s not unusual to have twelve courses, sometimes more when there’s more than one Primi Piatti and a sorbet added.

Meal Structure

  1. Aperitivo con Stuzzichini  – aperitif with nibbles
  2. Antipasto Caldo – warm starter
  3. Antipasto Freddo – cold starter
  4. Primo Piatto – pasta or risotto at lunch – minsetra or light pasta or light risotto or light gnocchi at dinner.
    PLEASE NOTE: It’s sometimes not uncommon to have more than one primi piatti dish.
  5. Secondo Piatto di Pesce con Contorni – fish course with minimum two side dishes .
  6. Secondo Piatto di Carne con Contorni – meat course with minimum two side dishes
  7. Formaggi – cheeses, a selection of four minimum
  8. Dolci – dessert
  9. Frutta – selection of fresh fruits
  10. Caffè – coffee
  11. Ammazza Caffè (coffee killer) – a shot of liqueur
  12. Cioccolatini – chocolates

Don’t worry, for a really good meal out with your family and friends, usually, eight courses are fine!

Aperitivo – Antipasto – Primo Piatto – Sorbetto – Secondo Piatto – Dolce – Caffè – Ammazzacaffè

Eight or twelve courses – if you’d like to experience the ‘Real Italian Meal’, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to organise this for you.

8 Courses – £60 per person

12 Courses – £90 per person


Telephone: 01200 445303



The Stuzzichino is a small appetizer, ideal as an aperitif or as a snack.

Bruschetta al Pomodoro – £4.45
Traditional Tuscan dish – homemade Tuscan style bread, toasted and topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and basil.  * V

Gnocco Fritto con Affettati – £8.95
Traditional dish from Emilia Romagna. Homemade gnocco fritto (fried dough puffs), served with cured meats, Mortadella I.G.P. and Prosciutto di Parma D.O.P.

Pane Carasau Condito – £4.45 T
0raditional Sardinian bread, thin and crispy, served slightly warm with extra virgin olive oil, sea-salt, fresh chopped rosemary and garlic.  * V


Brodetto di Vongole e Pancetta – £9.95
Clams, pancetta, saffron, bisque, white wine, Mediterranean red prawn and homemade toasted crostone.

Carpaccio di Manzo – £10.95
Gazegill Farm, organic 35 days aged Aberdeen Angus beef fillet, thinly sliced and with a lemon and extra-virgin olive oil dressing, rocket and Parmigiano Reggiano D.O.P. cheese shavings.

Fegatini di Pollo al Marsala – £7.95
Johnson and Swarbrick, Goosnargh chicken livers in grapes, pine kernels and Marsala wine sauce.

Pere al Gorgonzola – £7.95
Slightly baked pears, wrapped in Bresaola I.G.P. (cured beef fillet) from Valtellina, served in a walnut and Gorgonzola D.O.P. cheese sauce – A regular dish on the menu and a very popular favourite since 2003

Paste Fatte in Casa

Maurizio’s fresh pastas, handmade daily.

Gnocchetti Sardi e Salsiccia Piccante – £9.95 / £12.95
Traditional dish from Sardegna. Gnocchetti sardi (pasta with gnocchi shape) with spicy sausage   from Calabria, mushrooms, peppers, tomato, chilli and onions.

Ravioli al Salmone – £10.95 / £14.95
Half-moon shaped ravioli, filled with Scottish salmon and served with a delicate, creamy saffron  shrimp and poppy seed sauce. A regular dish on the menu and very popular favourite since 2011

Busiate con Fegatini – £10.95 / £14.95
Homemade busiate (swirl tagliatelle) with Johnson and Swarbrick Goosnargh chicken livers, butter and sage.

Paste e Risotti

Spaghetti allo Scoglio – £10.95 / £15.95
Artisan produced durum wheat spaghetti, from  Maestri Pastai in Gragnano, with king prawns, clams, mussels, calamari, garlic and a touch of tomato. Final cooking in the oven, in a paper bag (al cartoccio) to retain all of the aromas and flavours in the dish. A regular dish on the menu and very popular favourite since 2005.

Risotto Salsiccia e Vino Rosso – £14.95
Risotto with Sangiovese red wine and Tuscan sausages

Secondi Piatti

Pollo Mozzarella e Speck – £14.95
Johnson & Swarbrick, Goosnargh chicken breast filled with mozzarella cheese and basil, wrapped   with Speck D.O.P. (smoked ham from the Dolomites), in a creamy white wine sauce, served with sautéed runner beans with garlic and chilli. A regular dish on the menu and very popular favourite since 2005.

Coniglio in Porchetta – £14.95
Slow-cooked, boneless wild rabbit (Ian Scott – West Marton), filled with Tuscan sausages and Prosciutto San Daniele D.O.P., served with rosemary roasted potatoes.

Pesce del Giorno – al prezzo di mercato Fish:
The freshest available – a choice of different catches of the day, charged at the current market price – Please ask for details.


Pomodori in Insalata – £4.45
Tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil  * V

Insalata di Fagioli – £4.45
Butter beans, red onions, extra virgin olive oil   * V

Insalata Calda di Patate – £4.45
Warm, crushed new potatoes, parsley, garlic and extra virgin olive oil  * V


Patate Saltate in Padella – £2.95
New potatoes sautéed in the pan with extra virgin olive oil, rosemary and onions  * V

Piselli Sfiziosi – £2.95
Garden peas cooked with Guanciale (seasoned pig cheeks)

Fagiolini Piatti al Peperoncino – £2.95
Mange tout sautéed with garlic and chilli  * V

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PLEASE NOTE: We only select the best, freshest produce
available and dishes can be subject to change without notice.


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La Locanda, Marketing Lancashire, Taste Lancashire award winner 2015
La Locanda, Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016
La Locanda, Marketing Lancashire, Taste Lancashire award winner 2016

Ospitalità Italiana

An initiative which aims to certificate the best Italian restaurants all over the world. “Marchio Ospitalità Italiana” seeks to defend and protect Italian cuisine from adulteration and falsification, and preserve its history, culture, quality and authenticity. La Locanda has been an annual recipient of this award since 2009 and, in England, we are currently one of only 12 restaurants outside of London to be awarded it.