Assaggio Bistro

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service was very good at Assaggio’s Bistro in Kahala. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive and she went out of her way to make sure we had a good experience. The support staff was also very good and they were quick to clear our plates and fill up our water glasses.

Food: The food was pretty tasty but the menu is far to big and overwhelming with over 4 pages of entrees to choose from. The menu has typical italian items that you would expect including plenty of pastas (lignuine, fettchini or rigatoni), house specialites, steaks, veal, seafood, etc. If you go we would absolutly recommend ordering pasta with your entree as we did not care for the potatoes (they were suppose to be crispy but were far from it). A safe bet is to order anything with the fried garlic as both the vegetables we had as an appetizer as well as the fresh fish pasta were both to die for (mostly due to the fried garlic morsels). We recommend skipping the salads as they are not very exciting and kind of a waste of calories and unless your going to share your entree the small size portion is plenty for any0ne!!

Favorite Dishes: Fresh Fish Pasta with Garlic & Butter, Chicken Alla Parmigiana, Fresh Asparagus Sautéed with Olive Oil and Garlic (was delicious but not a lot of asparagus for the price).

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Assaggio’s Bistro in Kahala is nice. The inside has high ceilings and interesting artwork on the walls. It’s has a cozy feeling to it while still having ample seating which is always hard to achieve. The best part is that it has good insulation making it easy to enjoy table conversation without having to raise your voice. Its a good place to bring family for a night out on the town.

Consistency: We have only been once so far to this location but we will update this section after our next visit!

Parking: In terms of parking if you get lucky you can park out front which has about 10 spots that are shared with some other vendors. Or if you cant find parking in the lot or on the street you can always park accross the street at Ala Moana shopping center and walk.

Price: medium-high ($16-$29) per Entree
Corkage Fee: Wine $15 per Bottle (can’t bring wine that they have on their wine list) and for Champaign price starts at $20 per Bottle and goes up depending on the brand.
Reservations Not Needed (Perhaps for a large party its a good idea)
Take Out 

Kahala Bistro
4346 Waialae Ave. A
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 732-1011

Ala Moana
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. #125
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808)942-3446

Hawaii Kai
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808)396-0756

95-1249 Meheula Pkwy
Mililani, HI 96789
Tel: (808) 623-5115

354 Uluniu St. #101
Kailua, HI 96734
Tel: (808) 261-2772

777 Kamokila Blvd., Suite A
Kapolei, HI 96707
Tel: (808) 674-8801

Hours of Operation:
Kahala Bisto: Lunch & Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm

Ala Moana: Lunch & Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00am-3:00pm & 4:30pm-9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-3:00pm & 4:30pm-10:00pm

Hawaii Kai: Lunch & Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm

Mililani, Kailua, Kapolei: Lunch & Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm
Kailua – Saturday & Sunday – Dinner Only
Kapolei – Sunday – Dinner Only
Monday to Friday
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Assaggio Bistor Asparagus

Asparagus Close Up

Sautéed Asparagus Assaggio Bistro

Sautéed Asparagus

Assaggio's fresh fish pasta

Fresh Fish Linguine


SARENTO’S – At The Top Of The Ilikai

Overall Review: CorkCork

Service: The services started off really good at Sarento’s at the top of the Iliaki hotel with the wine sommelier who came right with our bred and wine list…. but after that it was down hill.  At first we thought they where trying to give us a “relaxed” experience when we waiting for 10-15 minutes before even receiving a menu but then once the meal started the same service inadequacies carried through. After we ate our entrees it took at least 20 minutes for them to clear our plates and even longer to receive a check which we eventually had to asked 3 different waiters for because we needed to get to a show on time and our waiter was MIA.

Food: The food was very disappointing at Sarento’s! The menu looked really good but only 1 of the 4 things we ordered was very good. The menu is traditional Italian with lots of protein entrees and pastas but nothing was particularity mouth watering in fact, the seafood fra diavolio linguine pasta was a bit overcooked and the seafood it came with was pretty fishy. The stuffed pork chop was extremely dry (and it was stuffed with cheese so you would hope it would have a little moisture) and the best thing about ordering that dish was they brought my wife extra veggies on the side because she didn’t want the potatoes and they where really well cooked. Overall we ate the food because it was expensive and we where hungry but I would have been more satisfied eating at California Pizza Kitchen any day of the week. Another thing we feel compelled to mention is this pupu called the Ossa Bucco Potstickers which had a really strange and bitter taste & even worst aftertaste… we only ate the filling so stay far away from that if you go!

Favorite Dishes: The best thing we had besides the bread & hummus they served on the table was the Ahi Bruchetta which was very fresh and with a little salt quite memorable, light and delicious.

Atmosphere: The ambiance is the best thing going for Sarento’s and it has an unbeatable view over the ocean, diamond head and city of Honolulu. Each table has a unique view and really there is no bad seat in the establishment. One thing to mention is when we called to make our reservation they mentioned it was “Jazz night” and did we want to site in the Jazz section for an extra $10 cover charge. We declined the offer and then when we  were seated found ourselves smack dab right behind the wall where the Jazz was playing. The band was very talented but the music was so loud we had to scream to each other across the table! they should either start the live band after 9pm or keep it a bit down so its still background music for the guests (specially if you ask not to be in what they call the “Jazz Section”).

Consistency: I would love to say we would be back to update this section but you couldn’t pay me enough money to give Sarento’s another shot in the near future. Maybe in a few years we will give it another whirl!

Parking: Sarento’s has valet parking at the Ilikai which they validate for you so you only need to pay $2 (plus tip) or you can park in the self parking lot in the Marina Parking off Hobron also for $2 with validation.

Price Range: Medium-High ($20-$38 or Market Price) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted & Recommended
No Take Out Available

Live Music (Piano)

The Ilikai Hotel
1777 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Tel: (808) 955-5559

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Hours:
Sun – Thu 5:30pm – 9pm
Fri – Sat 5:30 – 9:30pm

Cocktails & Bar:
Sun – Thu 5pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat 5pm – 12am

Sarento's restaurant review hawaii

Ahi Bruchetta

sarento's at the ilikai hotel

Seafood Fra Diavolio

Stuffed Pork Chop


Lemon Arugula Pesto Linguine

Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking Time: 45 minutes

2 boxes (1lb) Barilla Linguine
1 (5 ounce) package of fresh Arugula
2 lemons (zest of both lemons and only one lemon juiced)
8 cloves garlic
2 cup olive oil
1 ½ cups pine nuts, toasted (Can substitute with Almonds or Macadamia Nuts)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Parmesan Cheese to top pasta

Preheat oven to 350°, place raw pine nuts onto a sheet pan and bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool. Combine the arugula, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and olive oil into a food processor and blend in until smooth. Remove the pesto from the processor and put it into a large bowl. Cook Pasta to box directions. Add cooked pasta into bowl with pesto and mix well. Top with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Lemon Arugula Pasta Recipe

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Bella Mia

Overall: CorkCork

Service: The service is ok at Bella Mia. The staff is friendly and its a family owned business which is always nice. Both times we have been the service staff was welcoming and full of smiles. I wouldn’t say the service is fast but the food comes out quickly and the overall its pleasant.

Food: The dishes are huge at Bella Mia and absolutely large enough to share or for you to bring home for a second meal. They have everything you would imaging a from a NY-Italian restaurant including pasta, pizza, and a few salads. The marinara sauce and hot bread they serve you is delicious! its hot and the sauce is so good you could drink it. I would recommend going for lunch and having a salad and the bread as an appetizer it would be a perfect meal. The pasta was pretty good as well but was a bit overcooked.

Favorite Dishes: Greek Salad, Free Bread and Marinara Sauce

Atmosphere: The motif of Bella Mia is that of a casual, family style NY Italian restaurant. The table clothes are the traditional checkers of red and white. They have a pizza window and fun pictures and nick knacks around to give the ambiance that of a comfortable family-dive restaurant. Its the type of place you can bring kids and they can spill marinara sauce all over the floor without a second thought. The tables and chairs are miss matched which adds to the charm of this Italian family business.

Consistency: Both times we have been the food was consistently OK.

Parking: Parking is easy at Bella Mia because the restaurant is in the Kaimuki Shopping Center. You can find ample parking (most of the time) for only $1 for the first hour.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

1137 11th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737-1937
Website: /

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Bella Mia greek salad picture form honolulu hawaii

Greek Salad

Bella Mia Restaurant in Hawaii

Bella Mia Restaurant


Overall: corkagecorkagecorkage

Service: At the Beachwalk location the service was pretty poor. It took 20 min to get the bottle of wine that we ordered and consistently had to ask to refill the waters. It was painfully slow but the waitstaff was very friendly at least and apologetic. The Arancino’s at the Marriott was also not much better but that may be because it was an off time to each and we sat outside.

Food: Arancino’s has a very traditional Italian menu and you shouldn’t have trouble finding something to order with all the options! The food at the Beachwalk location was cooked perfectly and although the pasta portion was rather small it tasted amazing. When we visited the Arancino’s at the Marriott the Prosciutto pizza had more fat than meat and the salad sampler was literally a bite of three types of salad. Def not worth the money so order something else.

Favorite Dishes: Spaghetti all’ arrabbiata (in the menu this is Penne pasta but we substituted with spaghetti and its very tasty), Insalata alla caprese, Tiramisu, and the Prosciuttto e rucola pizza (at the Beachwalk location this was really delicious but not at the Marriott).

Atmosphere: The Beach Walk store is a very small, quaint restaurant and the tables are situated very close together. Not ideal location for an intimate dinner experience. The Marriott location has nice outdoor seating which is great for people watching in Waikele and has great shade for those hot Hawaii days.

Consistency: Well between the two restaurants it wasn’t very consistent at all and the ingredients where definitely not the same quality. However, The pasta excellent good both times and was good enough to warrant a revisit.

Parking: For the Beachwalk location is situated in the heart of Waikiki so parking is tough but you can always park at the Royal Hawaiian Center and walk a few blocks or Arancino validates the Bank of Hawaii parking structure on the weekdays for 2 hours and on the weekends its free to park all day! For the Marriott they have guest parking and validate for 3 hours so you can also enjoy the beach after a meal or walk through Waikiki after dinner. If you wish to valet the car it costs $10 without tip and with validation from Arancino.

Price Range: Medium-High ($15-$35) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $15 per Bottle
Reservations Recommended
Takeout Available

255 Beachwalk
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone Number: 808-923-5557

2552 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815-3662
(808) 931-6273

Hours of Operation
Breakfast – 7AM-10:30PM
Lunch – 10:30AM-2:30PM
Dinner – 5PM-10:30PM

Lunch – 11:30AM-2:30PM
Dinner – 5PM-10PM


Overall: corkagecorkagecorkagecorkage

Service: Sabrina’s is very warm and personal since its owned by a husband and wife from Italy. Service can be slow but your are there to relax so don’t plan a meal if you have a plane to catch!

Food: The pasta is homemade and delicious as well as the salads but the meat dishes are not the highest quality and can be rather tough. Stick to the pasta and risotto. The portions are a good size and its recommended to get a few things and share with the table.

Favorite Dishes: Ink Pasta (OMG YUM!), Caprese Salad, Prosciutto and Melon, Chef Specials (ask for these they are always good!).

Atmosphere: Small and quaint, pictures and post cards from Italy on the walls, homely feeling but not elegant by any means. The restaurant feels warm and personable and a nice place for a first date or a gathering with friends.

Consistency: The pastas, risotto and salad dishes are consistently delicious!

Parking: There is free parking in front of the restaurant but the lot is shared with other neighboring vendors so parking can be extremely hard to find. You can pay $5 across the street by City Mill if you are not lucky enough to find a spot in the free lot but its a real ripe off! Go early and take your chances with the free spots they usually fill up after 7pm.

Price Range: Medium-High ($15-$30) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!

Reservations Accepted & Recommended

3036 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone Number: (808) 739-0220

Sabrina's ink pasta

Ink Pasta

sabrina's caprese salad

Caprese Salad

sabrinas italian restaurant blog

Mushroom & Pork Rigate