There is the huge Ala Moana Shopping Center in Waikiki. Up on the fourth floor is Romano's Macaroni Grill. I know we're in Paradise, but sometimes, when you want really GOOD Italian food that, in my opinion, closely resembles REAL Italian food (one must have gone to Italy and eaten there to understand that 99% of "Italian" food in restaurants in America is NOT the same Italian food of Italy). We dropped in for lunch. The restaurant was cool, shady and quiet...and I like quiet restaurants because I want to be able to speak in a general tone of voice and be heard by my partner. Nowadays, so many restaurants are blaring music you can't even hear yourself think. I like to find restaurants that are quiet, elegant and have ambience conducive to relaxation and this is one of 'em. I ordered the Bibb and Blue salad with shrimp. I had Estancia Pino Gris glass of wine as well. The Bibb lettuce was fresh. The bleu cheese dressing divine. The shrimp grilled and well cooked. The service was excellent and timely. My husband had the chicken parmesan and he scarfed about 70% of it. The portions are large and a carry out is a real possibility. For dessert, we had their Lemon Cake. We had Lemon Cake in downtown Rome, Italy at a lovely trattoria and I died when I ate it -- it was THAT divine. Well, I wondered what Macaroni's would hold up to it. Darned if it wasn't almost as good! I would rate the Lemon Cake in Rome at a 10 and Macaroni's lemon cake at a 9...it truly was to die for. The presentation of the food is top drawer. This is a place for a serious gourmet who insists upon plate presentation, excellent tasting food and an serious and outstanding wine selection. But if you don't have a gourmet pallet and just love Italian food, I really can't find another restaurant in the USA that rivals Italian authenticity like Romano's. Aloha.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
500 Ala Moana Boulevard #6c