“Great food. Greater service”
LOCATION: On a quiet stretch of Beach Walk. 1/2 block from Outrigger Reef, Halekulani, Trump, Embassy suites.
RESTAURANT: Small and cozy. Have enough rooms for party of 6, 8, 10 with advanced reservation.
RESERVATION: Difficult to get, especially same day. Lunch is not as busy. For dinner, just camp outside at around 4:45pm (they open at 5:00 for dinner), it is almost always guaranteed that you will be seated within a few minutes.
FOOD: Delicious. Family style dish. Best to order many dishes and share. We tried the following: Spaghetti a la pescatora (with seafood to include calamari, shrimp, prawn, clams, mussels in a garlic wine and olive oil sauce); Spaghetti ai ricci di mare (sea urchin in a garlic wine cream sauce), carpaccio di carpesante (an antipasto with raw scallop, tobiko caviar, sea asparagus, onion, champagne dressing), insalata mista (salad), pizza margherita. vivace (vanilla ice cream, mascapone cheese and bailey liquor) and italian coffee. Everything was excellent. The pasta was "al dente" and cooked to perfection. The sauces in both of the pasta were just right. Not greasy. Not salty. I must say that the "cream" sauce in the ricci di mare was a bit richer but just the right amount of cream. The scallop appetizer was fresh, delicate and paired excellently with the tobiko and champagne sauce. The pizze crunch was good. Not the best I have had. The Italian coffee (bottom less cup), personally was much better than Hawaiin coffee. Strong. Dark. Bold.
SERVICE: The highlight of this restaurant. Maybe we lucked out on this. Our server not only knew his food, he knew what I was going to request before I had a chance to say it (pizza minus the basil so the kids can eat). The restaurant was crowded but he was attentive, friendly.
OVERALL: Loved, absolutely loved this restaurant. I wouldn't say that I'm Italian born expert but Italian nis my favorite food and I have tried many Italian restaurants all over. I would give Arancino an A.
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