Italian-born Francesco Camuffo brings the art of pasta-making to the islands. His love for homemade pasta and keeping his Nona’s recipe and pasta-making techniques alive inspired him to create Bambino’s. Bambino’s is an authentic and homemade Italian pasta take-out and delivery service in Kakaako. Camuffo, who comes from a small town near Venice, a...

Grants honoring Italian American Philanthropist Ms. Maria Manetti Shrem are available through the COMITES (Committee of Italians Abroad), under the auspices of the Consulate of Italy in San Francisco, to support students taking the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam in 2024. As an effort to increase the number of AP Italian Language and Culture E...

On the bustling streets of Honolulu, a significant shift in the luxury retail landscape unfolded as Fendi bid farewell to its Ala Moana shopping center location, marking the end of an era. In a strategic move, the Italian fashion powerhouse inaugurated its expansive 3,186-square-foot store at the Royal Hawaiian Center, introducing a fresh chapter i...

It’s the winter season in Hawaiʻi; and while we don’t experience freezing temps, ice or snow, when that temperature gets below 75 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly everyone pulls out their sweaters and jackets. Italian comfort food is a great way to dive into these cold winter days; and by the number of Italian restaurants there are in the islands, it’s c...

It’s tough out there. With the rising cost of living, dining out isn’t as frequent as we’d like it to be. But if there’s one thing that locals don’t mind spending good money on, it’s a celebration. For birthdays, life’s special moments or just because, we love to gather around food. Since its grand opening on Aug. 15, La Bettola Waikīkī has become...

Hawaii may be a long way away from the rolling hills of Italy, but that hasn’t stopped the essence of Italy from seeping into the islands! Festa Italiana is Hawaii’s exclusive Italian festival, and a vibrant showcase of Italian culture and food. Despite the geographical distance between Hawaii and Italy, this festival manages to bridge the gap, off...

New to ‘Alohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach is La Bettola Waikīkī, a restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine and an upscale dining experience. And while they’re eating, the resort’s massive two-story aquarium treats diners to mesmerizing views of Hawai‘i sea life. It’s the latest project from restaurateur Hide Sakurai, and the first La Bettola to o...

A new oceanfront restaurant has opened at the Grand Wailea in the former dining space of Bistro Molokini. Named after the green mineral, Olivine is an Italian restaurant with a menu of sandwiches, pizzas and entrees including spaghetti pomodoro, chicken parmigiana and steak. The menu also features handmade pastas by chef Michele di Bari of Maui's S...

Baci Bistro is a fine dining restaurant in the heart of Kailua that provides excellent customer service and delicious Italian cuisine, while offering a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere. Kelly sat down to dine with owners Matt and Christina Sargent to learn all about the popular spot.  “The ambiance, the food, the service, when you step into Bac...

If you’ve ever been to Italy, you know what it’s like to fall in love. Beyond quaint countrysides, weathered city streets and works of art just about everywhere you look, it really is the carb-filled dream laced with aromas of cheese and espresso that you always imagined it’d be. For lovers of Italian foods in Hawai‘i, this means yearning. Frequent...