After my not-so-great cheap eats experience at Jamie’s Italian a few weeks ago, I was keen to get that big bowl of pasta I so badly wanted but for a reasonable price as well.
I decided to pay a visit to Santa Lucia in Kingston to check out their lunch special. I used to frequent Santa Lucia all the time when I lived in Kingston but hadn’t been in a while.
Santa Lucia does a $14.90 lunch special on Friday and Saturday. I am pretty sure it used to be a Monday-Friday special, however its trading hours have changed and now it is only open for lunch towards the end of the week. It’s a nice treat for Friday lunch anyhow!
You can choose from a variety of pastas, focaccias and pizza of the day, and you get a serving of bread as well as a glass of wine or a soft drink. Santa Lucia also offers a $9.90 express takeaway lunch special that promises to be ready within 10 minutes.
The bread and drinks came very quickly and the bread was delicious. Crunchy crusts and soft inside. I was so excited about the bread that it was nearly gone before I remembered to take a photo. I could have just eaten bread the whole time, but instead I ordered the spaghetti bolognese (but changed the spaghetti to penne), and my partner ordered the carbonara penne.
I didn’t have extremely high standards for pasta that cost less than $15, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was actually really good. An extremely decent serving (much bigger than the one at Jamie’s) and the sauce was one of the better bologneses that I’ve had in restaurants.
I had a tiny bit of the carbonara and while I’m not big on white sauce pastas, I did like this one. My partner really enjoyed it and said he would definitely order it again.
I think $14.90 is a total bargain for pasta, bread and a beverage. Especially so given that the meals were of a good quality. On a side note, Santa Lucia is also very airy, bright and most of all – extremely clean. Bonus points to them.
What: Santa Lucia Trattoria
Where: 15 Tench Street Kingston (entry via Giles Street – opposite newsagency)
Opening hours: 3.00pm-10.00pm (Tuesday – Thursday), 11.00am – late (Friday), 9.00am – late (Saturday), 9.00am – 2.30pm (Sunday)