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“best pizza on the island...and delicious calzones” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe il Mondo

Cafe il Mondo
45-3626 Mamane St, Apt A, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6910
808-775-7711
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Ranked #2 of 14 restaurants in Honokaa
Cuisines: Italian
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Pahoa, Hawaii
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“best pizza on the island...and delicious calzones”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

This little "hole-in-the wall" is a special find. if you are ever near Honoka'a and can grab a meal be sure to visit Cafe il Mondo. There are about four tables (one is really big) but don't be put off by the modest interior. In a way, you are almost IN the kitchen.
We recently had pizza and calzones which were fantastic.
If you can't find parking on the street, there is a big lot on the diagonal corner (Malama Market and maybe some other stores are there).
This place is in a WHOLE different class (way better) than Tex's (where you can always go afterward if you need a malasada fix).
Plus this is an adorable little town to wander around in.
I definitely dig the food at il Mondo, i think you will too.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cerritos, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A real find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Small place w/tasty food. Cash only. Had the meatball soup and pizza. My wife doesn't eat cheese, so they made a custom pizza for us, half w/cheese and half w/out. Everything was delicious. The menu is quite limited (mainly pizzas and calzones; surprisingly there are no pasta dishes). No wine or beer available, but you can bring your own in for a small fee (there is a market across the street where you can buy wine or beer).

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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schweiz
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110 reviews 110 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 82 cities Reviews in 82 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Good pizza!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

We eat there and enjoyed the Pizza very much. Its a very small restaurant but there are also not too many visitors in Honokaa. We recommend this place highly.

Visited October 2011
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Milano - Italy
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

It is a small pizzeria, family owned and managed by Sergio and his wife Dena. The pizza is very, very good (the writer is Italian, so it's good for the Italian standards). The service is familiar and friendly. Maybe Sergio will sit at your table and, if you like that, spend some time and share some experiences with you. Sergio and Dena, we met them that night at the pizzeria and we felt like we've always been friends. They're great people! Don't miss the opportunity to eat in an unique place, with very good food.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tulsa
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great Italian Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

I know that "Big Island Revealed" wouldn't give them an Ono for their corkage policy, but if you're interested in good Italian food, this is a great place to check out. One note, they are a cash only business, so you have to be prepared for that, but I've eaten there several times during stays in the Honoka'a area, and their food has always been excellent.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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