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Kazimi's in Kingston (Northeast PA)

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Kazimi's in Kingston (Northeast PA)

Stan | Jan 17, 2005 12:48 PM

They've been open for about the past six months at the former Allanti location, 239 Schuyler Avenue in Kingston. The decor has changed a little, but the place still has it's charm and remains spacious. Plus, the owner (Kal Kazimi---former force behind Genetti's in Wilkes-Barre) obviously respects the menu and atmosphere of Allanti. The main focus still seems to be Mediterranean and Italian. Kal is of Middle Eastern heritage and there are several specialties on the back of the menu (kabobs, kibbi, tabbouli, etc.) that I'm sure would be worth sampling. Maybe next time?

We made our first visit over the weekend. My wife and I ordered the exact same meal (and when that happens it's usually seafood), plus our friend couldn't resist it either.

First up...fresh baked bread (Italian and Pita) served with Olive Oil and hummus. Very good.

Then...a special Salad with Cranberries and Pine Nuts. Enjoyable, but a little samey after awhile. It would been coupled better with a crumbled cheese atop.

All three in our party ordered the special, Filet of Sole stuffed with Crabmeat. The Bur Blanc Sauce was excellent (not overpowering) and the Sole just melted in your mouth. TRULY WONDERFUL! The mashed potatoes were perfectly thick and the side veggies fine.

Dessert...a Raspberry Tart baked for 14 minutes, topped with French Vanilla Ice Cream. Delightful! My wife raved about her rice pudding, though our friend's "baklava" seemed just OK to me---but that was the last thing I tasted and my buds may have been obliterated by that point.

Total bill---three glasses of wine, a tomato bisque, two special salads...three main course specials and three desserts---$107 plus tip.

All in all, a solid introduction! This was one of the best local meals I've had over the past few years and with one more even remotely close to it, Kazimi's will end up in regular rotation!

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