We were REALLY wowed by this place when we went there last year -- we said we wished we had discovered it sooner so that we could have eaten there twice in the same week. We raved about the service and flavor, and the quality of the pasta. This year our results were still OK overall but very much back down to earth.
The service this time was friendly but there were a few missteps -- in describing one of the appetizers, in forgetting the other appetizer, in walking away in the middle of us placing our order, and in the yelling that was emanating from the kitchen. To make up for the forgotten appetizer he did comp a soft drink. (Thanks. Wait, soda refills are not free?!) This was a letdown as we experienced flawless, exceptional service last time.
The homemade bread was excellent. I ordered the lasagne which was good but meatier than I like it. Mrs. z had the ravioli with marinara sauce which wasn't as tasty as I remember it being last year, when I was struck by the flavor of the sauce and the freshness of the pasta. Both entree portions were ample in size.
The appetizer (which I believe was a special) was a tomato/ mozzarella/ prosciutto plate with an oil dressing and fresh basil garnish. The flavors were good overall. The amount of prosciutto was small, as it was sliced thin then rolled in layers with the mozzarella and then sliced to form a spiral disc which was laid upon the tomato slice. Not much chance to taste prosciutto there. Also a dash of vinegar would have been nice to balance out the oil. The basil was strong, possibly overly so.
In summary this is still the best Italian on Kauai and this restaurant would not be out of place in Little Italy in Boston, NY etc. If I had summarized our last visit, it would have been "the messiah has returned". This time our results were not as great but we'll definitely return when we are in the mood for Italian.