Beach recommendation: Star of Kingston
A snowy Monday night and it's my husband's turn to make dinner. He used his favourite kitchen tool: the phone.
Tonight, he ordered from the Star of Kingston (Kingston Road and Waverley). I had the Salciccia pasta (spaghettini with hot Italian sausage, sundried tomato pesto cream sauce) and he had the Pancetta pizza (smoked bacon, wild mushroom, mozzarella and pesto tomato sauce). Both were delicious. Price point brought a smile to a Scotsman's face: only $22 plus tip.
The pizza is an 11-inch gourmet crust. This means thin, so it really is much better if you eat in. However, it travelled fairly well tonight (probably because the driver's been here before), stayed nice and crisp and tasty. The pasta in a rich creamy sauce is excellent and generous -- enough left over for tomorrow's lunch. I can almost forgive them for substituting spaghetti for the spaghettini.
I know the Star of Kingston looks like a fish and chip shop (btw fish & chips are also excellent), but it's one of those things... Young immigrant couple (husband is Italian-trained chef) bought a business. They would like nothing more than to offer Italian food, but were wise enough not alienate the customers of the previous business.
It's a small, little uncharming place to eat in, and young adolescent boys drop in frequently to fuel with french fries, hamburgers and pop. The ambiance is definitely lacking. There's room for about 10 people, and you might end up sitting beside the owner's son while he does his homework.
For good food at a decent price, please do give them a try. Free delivery and they're open on Mondays!
If we keep them open, maybe someday they can open their dream Italian place.
I went to the Star of Kingston Road after reading that message and I thought the food was tasteless. I ordered the pasta matriciana, spaghetti with garlic and olive oil and a thin crust pizza (total $32). The food was very bland. I called ahead as this was a take-out order and she told me it would take 20 minutes. When we arrived, we had to wait an additional 10 minutes because they were still making it despite no one being in the restaurant. Even though this is supposed to be an Italian restaurant, I disagree with the previous person that the owners/cooks are Italian...more like Pakistani or Indian. Not a restaurant I would recommend eating at. The food does not stand out.
I'm sorry you did not enjoy your meal. We've always had good luck with our orders, both eat-in and take-out. I hope you are not too discouraged and will give them another try.
As to the chef... I believe I said he is an "Italian-trained chef" which is a little different than saying "he was Italian."