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The Best Italian Food in Honolulu

If you’re visiting Oahu and craving a nice, warm plate of Italian comfort food you don’t have to drive far to find spaghetti and meatballs, squid ink pasta or eggplant parmesan. Honolulu offers a variety of Italian food offerings, from upscale restaurants with romantic views to local favorites paired with fresh seafood or an Asian twist.

Find a taste of la dolce vita in Honolulu with our guide to eating Italian in Honolulu. 

Sarento's at the Top of the Ilikai

There is an old-world feel to this outstanding spot located at the top of the Ilikai Hotel. Remember that opening scene in the original Hawaii 5-0? This is the place where it was filmed. Take in the romantic views while you enjoy capellini pomodoro or osso buco with saffron risotto.

Mediterraneo Italian

You know the food is authentic if the chef grew up there. Revel in the rustic interior and enjoy some unforgettable food such as the mushroom crostini, risotto pescatora, black lobstor ravioli and tiramisu.

Vino Italian Tapas and Wine Bar

Wine tasting is always better with food, especially when the wine has been hand-picked by Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya and the menu prepared by restaurateur D.K. Kodama.

Paesano Ristorante Italiano

One of the few places on the island to get authentic Italian food, this neighborhood favorite is just the right amount of formal — cloth napkins and wine buckets — with a cozy ambience and friendly service.

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

As soon as you step into this modern feng shui establishment, you’ll pick up on a big city vibe. Handsome furnishings, mood lighting and a friendly staff make your dinning experience unforgettable. The food reflects the environment—clean, light and well done. There are over 125 wines by the bottle.

Café Sistina

Voted one of Hawaii’s best Italian restaurants, owner Sergio Mitrotti (a Milan native) serves Northern Italian cuisine and his own family recipes, including a terrific Ragu Bolognese.

Arancino

Reflecting the cuisine of Naples along with homemade tiramisu and panna cotta, using ingredients imported from Italy. 

Formaggio Wine Bar

This award-winning restaurant is known for its extensive wine list, dessert menu and Italian favorites such as pizza, paninis and artisanal breads.

Auntie Pasto's

As soon as you’re seated you’re given a plate of pepperoncini and pickled carrots, and the décor feels as if you walked into a friend’s kitchen. Basic Italian dishes like eggplant parmesan and creamy fettuccine are priced just right, and pizzas are a hit.

Assaggio Italian Restaurant

Get a taste of Southern Italy right here in the Islands. Affordable pricing coupled with good service makes this restaurant a hometown favorite.