When La Cucina Ristorante Italiana was opening up, I got really excited. A lot of people in Hawaii are excited for an Olive Garden to open up in Hawaii but I don’t see what the big deal is. The first time I got to try Olive Garden, I was super excited and thought everything was great! Now that I’ve been to Olive Garden a few times, I am no longer a fan. The last meal I had there was terrible and I will never forget it.
Anyhow, La Cucina Ristorante Italiana is very busy and they do not take reservations for less than 4 people. This restaurant is also a one man kitchen so the wait for food takes a bit longer. It’s a small space and there are only two tables against the wall that seat 2. I went on a weekday right at 5:30 pm and got a table, thank god! By the way, the street parking fronting these shops open up at 5:30 pm as well…I lurked around the corner until it was 5:30 pm exactly and made a run for it…lol. Ohhh let’s get to the food pictures!
I can’t wait to get back to this restaurant and try more dishes. I gotta admit, the difficulty in getting a table has prevented me from returning as of yet. If you’re going to take your guest to any Italian restaurant in Hawaii, you need to get them to this restaurant. I really want to try their Osso Buco but have read that you need to order this ahead of time and I assume they will only put in this order if you have a reservation. So when you get together a table of four, do it!