10 Best Italian restaurants in Honolulu offer traditional dishes in paradise

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 Hotel, the high end eatery offers delicious food and panoramic views of the ocean and city. Out on the North Shore, Lei Lei's Bar and Grill isn't a traditional Italian restaurant, but they make some of the best pasta dishes around as part of their varied menu.

Formaggio Wine Bar combines Honolulu nightlife with great food, and the hip bar provides a wonderful atmosphere for socializing and fun. The adjoining wine shop is the perfect place to pick up more wine to enjoy at the hotel. Also on the list is Assaggio, a tried and true local Italian staple with several locations around the island.

Remember that 10 Best has you covered in your search for delicious Italian food, and enjoy your journey.


A neighborhood staple in the Manoa Valley, Paesano is a perfect destination for a relaxed meal with family or friends. There's nothing pretentious about the place, which offers understated surroundings and courteous service. The food is...  Read More

Sarento's Top of the I

Panoramic views of Waikiki and its environs greet patrons at this lofty dining room high in the Ilikai Hotel. Complementing the scenery is an excellent menu of Italian fare and unobtrusive service. Indulge in a mixed seafood grill, or try savory...  Read More

Cafe Sistina

Ornamented with murals painted by the restaurant's talented chef, this charming eatery is a favorite for Italian cuisine. Northern Italian is the name of the game, although the menu encompasses everything from traditional fare to more...  Read More

Lei Lei's Bar and Grill sits right on the golf course at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. Like a bar and grill would be, it's laid back and casual, yet somewhat upscale and classy. There's a putting green out front where the kids...  Read More

The age-old combination of food, wine, and music finds expression in Formaggio, the enoteca run by owners of an adjoining wine shop. Retaining the feel of an undiscovered gem, the restaurant features a small but distinguished selection of wines...  Read More


Honolulu offers an affordable version of southern Italian fare at this eatery, one of the small local chain's branches. The cuisine is traditional Italian - ravioli, chicken parmesan, a variety of pastas, as well as steaks and local fish dishes....  Read More


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