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“unexpectedly excellent pizza and salad” 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 16 Restaurants in Honokaa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“unexpectedly excellent pizza and salad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My wife and I stopped for a late lunch before a performance down the street at the old Peoples' Theatre. This old sugar plantation town is just a few blocks long. Cafe Il Mondo is right on the main street of town, delightful waitress, excellent thin-crust pizza, and their salad had delicious chopped fresh tomato.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Had the special and a pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

The special was ravioli with spinach with mushrooms and sausage on top with the marinara sauce. The portion was very filling and the taste was very good. Comes with a nice salad and some garlic focaccia. The pizza was really good. Nice cheese and really nice sauce. The value cannot be beat especially on the big island. The service was wonderful and very friendly. The bathroom was not for the faint of heart but it is small town Hawaii in an old building so .... Overall this is a place to stop for sure. I hear the calzone is incredible and next time I will try it.

Visited February 2014
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Chicago, IL
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“Fresh Italian dishes in small "Big Island" town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Small. Smack in the middle of downtown Honokaa. Very good pizza and sandwiches. Fresh ingredients. I had the Waipio (pizza). Pleasant, gregarious chef. *The* place to stop on the way to Waipio.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best pizza ever”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We happened on this eatery by chance after hiking in the Waipi'po valley . My husband and i shared a greek salad and their pizza special. Both were absolutely perfect. Everything is made from locally sourced ingredients including the homemade tomato sauce. The hosts Sergio and Dena were so interesting and we spent a long time chatting with them . He has travelled the world as a musician and spent a lot of time in Italy and Dena is born and raised here in Hawaii. They are just a month or so away from opening a new restaurant a few doors down that will be a little more upscale and include a wood oven. The present venue does not serve alcohol but you can bring your own for a small corking fee

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Agoura Hills, California
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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
“Great spot for lunch or dinner in Honokaa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We ate here for lunch and dinner. The sandwiches were very good and the salad, pizza and ice cream for dinner were also very good.

The cook and waitress was very nice and helpful. We came back for dinner because the pizza's sounded so good and you could also bring in your own wine.

The place only accepts cash - no credit cards so bring a few bucks. The prices are very affordable.

This is a great spot for lunch and and quick dinner.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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