The Curious Palate

The Star Café in Montrose is a charming landmark at 2217 Honolulu Ave. that lures a steady following with its varied menu of Italian and seafood specialties as well as an elaborate choice of breakfast dishes seven days and nites a week.

Just bite into a brunch of Italian Sausage Frittata with onions, mozzarella, and fontina cheese or an oak fired pancake topped with caramelized Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, and buttered syrup and you begin to know why you bothered to rise and shine this morning.

Start lunch or dinner with a steaming exotic mushroom soup made with shitake, oyster, and button mushrooms, $6.50 and worth every penny.

Their pizza oven fires up a list of toppings and the calzone is a treat. Try a fresh fish dish of the day or Seafood Marsala, sautéed with garlic, shallots, colossal onions, and mushrooms served with a Marsala wine sauce over a bed of penne pasta, $15.95.

The grilled chicken pecan salad is memorable, $13.95.

Whatever your choice of a main dish, you must save space for the best piece of chocolate ganache cake you ever hated to share, $4.95. Baked items are made fresh daily and the entire menu can be packaged for convenient carry out.

There are myriad choices of sandwiches and salads. The setting is cozy and neat; the service staff is first rate. For more info or delivery service call (818) 957-7827.

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