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Taormina Sicilian Cuisine
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Ranked #76 of 2,540 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Cross street: Don Ho
Description: Inspired by authentic Sicilian recipes from the kitchens of Southern Italy's seaside town of Taormina, Chef Hiroyuki Mimura pairs fresh pastas with the highest quality seafoods and meats. Unspoiled by heavy sauces, Sicilian-style pastas are dressed in pure, extra virgin olive oil. Fresh vegetables, lightly grilled fresh local fish, and lamb seasoned with herbs offer diners a healthy range of options.Featured dishes include fresh Fettucine Carbonara finished with tableside Truffle service, grilled Lamb Chops "Palermo" and Veal "Siciliana." Taormina's specialty dish is Uni Pasta (Sea Urchin), a delicacy enjoyed in Japan and Italy. Italian espressos compliment Dolci (dessert) selections of house made desserts.
Reviewed December 15, 2012

An up-market restaurant, lovely ambiance and beautiful food but our waiter, Steve was without a doubt the worst server we have experienced on our trip. He was unfriendly, didn't bother to explain the menu (which the waiter on a nearby table did) and basically just made us feel unwelcome and that he was doing us a favour by serving us. He didn't deserve his mandatory 15% tip and we couldn't wait to get out of there and away from him.

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Thank Griswalds2074
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

My wife and I,go to Taormina Sicillian Cuisine when ever we go to Hawaii. We have been to this restaurant six times already. My daughters love this restaurant to.My favourite appetizer is the Caprese (mozarella and tomatos) as well as the marinated squid and octopus.The arrabiata con pancetta( linguini with spicy garlic tomato sauce) is excellent. We also love the steamed clams
simmered in white wine, garlic,basil and olive oil. For dessert the coffee gelato is just perfect.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Love the food at Toarmina! Would suggest eating family style so that you can get to tast many dishes. I like the fact that their pasta is served al dente. Don't go for outdoor seating though the tour buses going by is extreme noisy.

Thank Leslie H
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

The food is outstanding at this fine Italian restaurant.I has the seared ahi which was excellent and my friend had the lamb chops. His daughter had pasta with shrimp. As an appetizer we had the antipasto.Everything was great and reasonably priced.I will definitely go back there again.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This Japanese style Italian Restaurant has been a favourite of mine in Waikiki for many years. Recent visit for lunch was very disappointing. The portion control had started to become ridiculous. The Pea Soup was probably a tablespoonful. Equally the entre pasta was a very small portion. The service had gone downhill too and the friendly efficient service has been replaved to by wait staff who seem to talk at full volume at all times, got the order wrong and then kept me waiting for 45 minutes before anything turned up. It is a pity as the quality of the food is still very good. The service, the portion sizes and the overall value mean it is no longer a hidden gem. There are competitor Italian restaurants nearby who offer a much better equation.

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Thank HI_Rich
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