An Italian restaurant in Lancashire that’s cosy and full of original rustic charm. La Locanda is located in the tiny village of Gisburn and nestled within Lancashire’s wonderful Ribble Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The restaurant accommodates around 40 people, with a small bar and dining area downstairs, and a pleasantly welcoming restaurant on the first floor.
Owners, Cinzia and Maurizio Bocchi migrated from Italy’s Lake Maggiore to the beautiful county of Lancashire over 20 years ago. They head up a small but passionate team of almost all Italian staff, eager to bring you a true taste of Italy.
Cinzia and Maurizio are justifiably very proud of their country’s amazing food culture and heritage, and all of the dishes you’ll experience at the restaurant have been carefully researched and reproduced to give you a truly authentic dining experience. With a frequently changing menu that reflects the seasons, the majority of the top quality produce and ingredients are sourced directly from small scale producers, in both Italy and Lancashire.
Taking great care to use only the the freshest produce and best quality ingredients, the menu at La Locanda can change frequently. The dishes you’ll experience are authentically Italian and rarely typical of those you’d see in many other Italian restaurants around the UK. The wines they serve are, also, all Italian and many are produced using indigenous grapes. The beer list has recently been restructured to feature mainly smaller producers and they have removed all Coca Cola Schweppes products from the soft drinks list, in favour of those without additives and artificial flavourings.
The ethos at La Locanda is very much in tune with that of the Slow Food organisation, of which they are very proud advocates and supporters. This means that the produce and ingredients used in the food you’ll enjoy has been sourced because it meets with production values that are good, clean and fair. All of which they strongly believe brings benefits to supporting future sustainability and protecting the environment, as well looking after our health and improving local economies.
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.
Great local produce is an essential element in the success of the dishes we produce at La Locanda. Sourcing many of our ingredients direct from small scale producers, the uniqueness of their products bring an extra dimension to the flavours we’re able to create on the plate, and knowing these people personally greatly inspires the passion for what we do!