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“Worth the drive from tourist hotels”

Casanova Italian Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 25 Restaurants in Makawao
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Delicatessen
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Baldwin Avenue
Transit: Maui Bus stops at Casanova parking lot.
Description: Often rated Best Italian restaurant in the State of Hawaii, Casanova is a staple of the lifestyle of Upcountry Maui since 1986. From early morning breakfast thru lunch and dinner and to late night clubbing and dancing on selected nights of the week, Casanova is the ritual destination of Maui residents and of visitors on their way back from Haleakala Crater. The Casanova experience is much more than its awards winning sumptuous authentic Italian cuisine. It's meeting and mingling with Maui folks in the very spot where they like to dine, meet and mingle. A must do when in Upcountry Maui.
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Worth the drive from tourist hotels”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

We visited Casanova with some friends of ours who live on Maui. The experience is definitely local but the service and food competes with the best of Maui's "Tourist" establishments, but at an "affordable" price.

The menu is a mix of northern and southern Italy along with gourmet Pizzas. Wine list is pretty extensive for a smaller local eatery and fairly priced.

The restaurant is a 40 minute drive from the Wailea resort area but well worth the trip. They also have local musicians in the bar.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank MauiMarkCT
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Maui, Hawaii
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Casanova Review”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

We have never had good service here. Several times we have left because no one came to the table after 30 min. Their location in Kahului is much better all around.

Thank CheriBecker
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Austin, TX
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Our best dinner in Maui”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

After a long and winding trip up the volcano, we needed to grab dinner before heading back to the airport on our last day. We hadn't yet been to Makawao and I really wanted to go, and it was pretty much on the way back into town from the volcano. This is a really nice part of Maui, with rolling hills and lots of cattle grazing. The little town is very cute and worth a stop, as there are lots of galleries and little bistro-type of restaurants. We stopped at Casanova because I had seen an ad for it, and pasta sounded great after so much exotic seafood. It was happy hour (5-7) and I got a half-carafe of a mango margarita - for $5!

My husband ordered a margarita pizza and was able to add pepperoni to it, and I had the MOST amazing spinach gnochi. It was just the right amount of food with a totally appropriate price tag, and this dinner in a romantic little bistro in a cute little town was cheaper than most of our lunches at only $33. I know Maui is expensive, but I struggled with it the entire trip as we are used to visiting all-inclusive resorts (and I am cheap). So finding excellent quality with affordable prices in a quaint setting was the perfect ending to our vacation. Definitely worth the drive to the town.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank lovessmalltowns
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Seattle, Washington
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347 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Italian in Makawao”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Food is just OK and sometimes the service can be poor. Other times, both the food and the service are great. Go figure? It is a long drive from anywhere.

Visited March 2012
Thank The2TravelingFools
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174 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great sandwiches for Haleakala trip!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

This review is for the deli and not the restaurant. The pleasant lady made us some great sandwiches to bring to the summit for dinner. Worth the side trip before heading to the summit and make sure to check out the delish sandwiches!

  • Visited October 2012
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