Best Restaurants to Eat at in Honolulu: La Cucina

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Address: 725 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96813

After having lived in Milan for a year, I don’t eat as much Italian food in the US as I used to. Between my pasta cooking and restaurants in Italy, I think I have eaten enough Italian food to last for a while.

However, if I am ever craving Italian food in Hawaii, my favorite restaurant is La Cucina. La Cucina is a really difficult restaurant to get into in normal times, as it is in a really tiny space (in a random building in downtown Hawaii. Even with its relatively hidden location though, it is super popular and you often have to make reservations days in advance to get in.

Since the lockdown started in Hawaii, I have done takeout from La Cucina once. I ordered a bunch of things such as Osso Bucco, lobster pasta, crab pasta, bolognese, etc., and they all managed to hold well (even if they weren’t as good as they would’ve been if they were fresh). Still, La Cucina has such a wide ranging menu with pastas, risottos, and gnocchi that I think there is something for everyone.

La Cucina is also a family owned restaurant, and the owners are friends of a friend of mine. There are only two people working in the restaurant (a husband and wife, who are the cook and waitress respectively), so it really is a local restaurant to support. For Italian food, it is hard to find a better restaurant in Hawaii than La Cucina!

La Cucina Recommendation Rating: 3.5

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for

3.5 Food Hawaii

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This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.

NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.

I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!

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