10 Best Italian restaurants on Kauai bring traditional dishes to a Pacific paradise



Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Kauai. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Kauai restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Brick Oven Pizza. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in Kauai - Poipu, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

For a tiny island in the Pacific, Kauai has a wide array of amazing Italian restaurants. And true to Hawaiian style, some restaurants that aren't Italian, but are still known for serving up great Italian dishes, such as Wrangler's Steakhouse in Waimea. Here, among the steaks and seafood dishes, you can enjoy great pasta dishes surrounded by western decor.

If you're looking for a more traditional Italian experience, drop by Kauai Pasta or Casa Di Amici for some of the best loved Italian food on the island. While the former is fit for a hip night out, the latter is one of the more elegant Italian places around.

So enjoy your Italian food while dining in a Pacific Paradise, thanks to our list.




The allure of the Old West runs strong at Wrangler's, at least as it was interpreted by the cattle ranchers of the North Pacific! The establishment features a cowboy-themed decor, letting you know that the food is going to be both rustic and...  Read More




Italian favorites served at reasonable prices make this caterer-run restaurant an enticing choice. Friendly servers start you off with delicious homemade garlic bread; after that, select from generously-sized pastas with rustic sauces, classics...  Read More


Plantation Gardens


The name essentially tells the story of this place, which includes a historic home and tropical gardens that once belonged to a sugar cane plantation manager. These days, diners have access to the estate, with its exotic wood detailing and...  Read More




If you're looking for an intimate, low-key place where you can enjoy good conversation and fabulous pastas, Pomodoro is ideal. Family-owned and operated by "real" New York Italians, this great restaurant offers well-prepared food at reasonable...  Read More




Should you be in the mood for a leisurely meal, surrounded by tropical foliage and the charm of a restored home-turned-restaurant, this winsome cafe is a wonderful destination. The creative menu gains inspiration from island produce and seafood...  Read More


Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza


Renowned for its baked goods, this enterprise crafts top-quality ingredients into an array of sweet and savory temptations. If you're going for a cup of espresso or chai tea, combine it with a scone, macadamia nut cookie, or danish. If you're...  Read More


Dondero's


Elegance is paramount at this refined restaurant, which pays tribute to its Italian culinary inspiration via beautifully detailed murals and exquisite tiles. The food itself is spectacular – everything is homemade, composed of impeccably fresh...  Read More




Awarded for creating some of the island's best cuisine, Cafe Portofino also graces diners with an open air setting and soothing views of Kalapaki Bay and the Kauai landscape. The menu focuses on northern Italian dishes, and you'll find...  Read More


Brick Oven Pizza
Photo courtesy of kauai cottage


Travelers and locals alike lift up Brick Oven's as the best pizza on the island, and you will too once you sample the fragrant, hearth-baked pies. The family-owned establishment has honed its craft well over the past decades, and crisp crusts...  Read More


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Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade

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