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Jazzaloha Oct 9, 2010 12:13 PM

So I saw two new places: one on the corner of Kalihi Street and Nimitz. (It looks like a lunch wagon or small shack) and the other on Beretania near Los Chapparros in Moiliili. (Someone told me it's the same owners as the guys who have an italian restaurant in Kaimuki, behind Cafe Laufer). Anybody been to these places?

What about V Lounge? I've heard their pizza is good.

My current favorite: Boston's North End.

I liked Ray's Pizza in Waikiki, but they closed down (I liked their philly cheese steak.) On occasion I like Magoo's "supreme", but they're pricey.

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  1. russkar RE: Jazzaloha Oct 9, 2010 09:08 PM

    Been to all mentioned above. Your talking INFERNO'S on Kalihi which is very good but hit and miss. V Lounge is still going strong even after their kitchen fire. For decent non Kiawe Wood Oven Pizza we like Antonio's near the Kahala Mall. JJ Dolan's is always good in Downtown Honolulu.

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      Jazzaloha RE: russkar Oct 9, 2010 11:52 PM

      I like Antonio's, but not as much as Boston's (although Antonio's has a good two pizza, two topping deal for $22). What would you recommend getting at Inferno?

      I've only had one pizza at JJ Dolan's--a bacon, broccoli and baked potato pizza. I thought it was just OK.

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        emu48 RE: russkar Nov 17, 2010 11:17 AM

        Haven't tried the newer places yet ... Restaurant V, Inferno, etc.

        But for years, when I got a craving for an authentic, Naples-style pizza Margherita, I went to the California Pizza Kitchen at Ala Moana Center. Only when I had other reason to be at Ala Moana, which isn't often, since I hate being in that shopping center. I'm not impressed by some of the other pizzas on CPK's menu. I went in there again a couple days ago and ordered the Naples classic. As usual, it was done right: thin crust, decent crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil. Hard to believe a chain store can do a good job with a pizza hardly anyone ever orders, but every one I've had there has been excellent.

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          Jazzaloha RE: emu48 Nov 19, 2010 12:37 AM

          I like CPK's margherita, too. But you should try V-Lounge. Actually, I didn't really care for the toppings (mozzarella and basil were flavorless), but the crust was great and you might disagree with me about the toppings.

      2. manomin RE: Jazzaloha Oct 9, 2010 09:35 PM

        You may know there was a rift b/w the original Boston's North end (they call it a mutiny) and some of the managers. There is a spin off now just called "Boston's Style" pizza in a couple locations, Kaneohe being one of them. BTW they buy their crust dough from Mauna Kea Baking Co.

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          Jazzaloha RE: manomin Oct 9, 2010 11:53 PM

          Wherever or however they get the dough, I like their crust. I didn't know about the split.

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            manomin RE: Jazzaloha Oct 10, 2010 11:49 AM

            Tom Rossi has an ad that describes a "mutiny" and how his places are the original and the others are imitations. I don't care either, I like both. Kaneohe just happens to be one of the other without "Style" after the name. Love the garlic and spinach with pepperoni.

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          Jazzaloha RE: Jazzaloha Oct 9, 2010 11:55 PM

          We tried the VLoung Magherita pizza tonight. I loved the crust, but I must say the mozzarella was a little tasteless and the sauce was unusual (almost creamy(?) and not enough tomato flavor for me). I also thought the basil was muted. I wouldn't mind trying another pizza though.

          I actually wanted to try the Fendu Boulangerie pie and the Inferno, so I could compare, but couldn't do it all today.

          1. KaimukiMan RE: Jazzaloha Oct 10, 2010 10:00 PM

            give pizzarina a try (on s. king, just DH of keeamoku. they are a sister business to rosarina pizza downtown. really good pizza, good crust, and friendly if not always the most efficient staff.

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              Jazzaloha RE: KaimukiMan Oct 11, 2010 01:28 PM

              Is Rosarina the one on Maunakea? If so I tried that one before. I thought it was just OK. :(

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              Jazzaloha RE: Jazzaloha Oct 11, 2010 01:30 PM

              I made it out to Fendu Boulangerie and tried their five cheese pizza. (I actually ordered the classic, but they gave us the wrong order.) It wasn't bad, but it was disappointing. The crust was sort of spongey, and the pizza reminded me a little of Costco's cheese pizza (which I kinda like, but not something I'd tell others to get).

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                curiousgeo RE: Jazzaloha Oct 11, 2010 02:28 PM

                Has anyone tried Castagnola's at Restaurant Row. Cass's original restaurant started the whole Assagio/Paesano branches. His food was quite tasty, so I'm wondering if the latest place run by his family holds up. They supposedly serve pizza as well as pasta and other dishes. Thanks.

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                  russkar RE: curiousgeo Oct 11, 2010 08:04 PM

                  Pizza is pretty good, not quite V Lounge but also only $8.00 compared to $14-

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                    curiousgeo RE: russkar Oct 16, 2010 01:46 PM

                    Tried Castagnola's Pizza last night. Arrived around 7:00 and the place was fairly crowded. Prices were good, as russkar said pizzas around $8 with most pasta dishes running at $9-10. BYOB is ok too.

                    Son had the pepperoni pizza which looked good and he enjoyed, but then what teen doesn't like pizza of any kind? Wife had the eggplant parmesan which was very good, I had the pasta with meatballs, the meatballs also very good. Marinara sauce was tasty, on the sweet side but not acidic. The only area that needs to improve was the pasta, overcooked and mushy. Al dente pasta would have really made the meal, as it was, I thought it was just ok. All in all though worth a second visit.

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                  Jazzaloha RE: Jazzaloha Nov 13, 2010 11:17 AM

                  Went to JJ Dolan's again and tried the breakfast pizza--eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese and green onions. Basically, it was like a think quiche. I'm not a fan of their crust. I know people that love the pizza, but I'm not a big fan. (We also got an order of fish n' chips, which weren't that great; to be fair, they were really crowded and short handed that night.)

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