There are 81 Italian restaurants in Honolulu. Feeling overwhelmed? MostBest knows the Top 3.
With flavorful red sauce (and lots of it), pastas of all types, and fresh from the oven pizza, these Italian spots are sure to not only fill you up but wow your tastebuds.
ASSAGGIO RISTORANTE ITALIANO
Located in the Ala Moana Center, Assaggio Ristorante Italiano is a hidden gem of Italian excellence. The high-end ambiance wows, but you don’t have to be dressed up to stop in. On top of the exceptional cuisine, like the Osso Bucco Alla Romano, a tender, delicious veal dish, and the Prosciutto and Melone, there’s an excellent beer, wine, and cocktail list. The best part is that you can buy food to take home at the in-house grocer.
We Love The: Prosciutto and Melone, Caprese Salad, Osso Bucco Alla Romano, Linguine in Clam Sauce
LA CUCINA RISTORANTE ITALIANA
La Cucina Ristorante Italiana prepares every dish from scratch. The methods are so fresh in fact, that they recommend you put in your order when you make your reservation! The food takes a bit longer to prepare, but you can taste it in every bite, and there’s an extensive drink menu to enjoy while you wait. After your meal, we recommend the Crème Brulee Cheesecake, a decadent creation that fuses two favorites into one exquisite creation.
We Love The: Crostini Al Porcini, Gorgonzola Gnocchi, Creme Brulee Cheesecake
Chef and owner Sergio Mitrotti hails from Torino in Northern Italy, the region that inspires every dish on the menu with the utmost authenticity. The menu is split into three parts: The Classics (recipes from the chef’s grandmother), The Contemporary (from his mother), and The Cutting Edge (his own recipes). Next time you have a date, or simply want a nice outing with the family, head over to Cafe Sistina and taste what Chef Sergio is so famous for.
We Love The: Linguine Carbonara, Pollo Limone, Lobster Ravioli