10 Best Italian restaurants in Honolulu offer traditional dishes in paradise

Jade Eckardt

By , Local Expert, Honolulu
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Italian food is one of the comfort meals that you may crave any time, any place, and that's why we've compiled a list of the top ten Italian restaurants in Honolulu. We'll guide you to Honolulu's best Italian eateries and let you know the inside scoop on each place. The island is home to a variety of Italian restaurant, quaint and homes style bistros, menus that stick to traditional dishes, an restaurants that fuse regional cuisine and fresh seafood with Italian cuisine. 

For an elegant meal of Italian cuisine with the best views in Honolulu, make a reservation at Sarento's Top of the I. Located at the very top of the Ilikai...  Read more »

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    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $21
    • Neighborhood: Mililani

    Assaggio serves up delicious Italian food with great service and an amazing wine list to accent the menu.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to make reservations, they're always busy. "

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    Formaggio Wine Bar is renowned for their amazing Italian food and pizzas as well as over 50 wines by the glass.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the pesto pancetta pizza. "

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    Lei Lei's Bar and Grill

    Their shrimp and veggie scampi are absolutely delicious pasta dishes and will satisfy those in the mood for Italian.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a different menu for lunch and dinner."

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    Matteo's has been serving great food for over 30 years, and offers over 700 wines and champagnes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the osso buco. "

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    Cafe Che Pasta

    With an amazing menu put together with top ingredients and varying live entertainment throughout the week, Cafe Che Pasta is an all around fun time.

    Local Expert Tip: "You'll want to make reservations on weekends. "

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    With a lovely atmosphere and delicious traditional menu set by a "real" Italian chef, this eatery delivers in every way.

    Local Expert Tip: "Street park is easier during the week, otherwise look for parking garages. "

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    Cafe Sistina

    With traditional Italian food and an an atmosphere that makes you feel like you're in Italy, Cafe Sistina is a great experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "They validate parking, so don't forget to bring your parking receipt. "

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    Sarento's Top of the I

    Sarento's offers what may really be the best restaurant views on the island, along with spectacular food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Definitely make a reservation. "

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    Truly friendly staff who are happy meet customer's unique needs and great food add up to a wonderful restaurant.

    Local Expert Tip: "The chef is happy to customize and dishes to the guest's liking."

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    Longhi's is an easily accessible location, great views and a good menu fusing Italian with locally sourced seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the fresh fish specials. "



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