There’s a building in my neighborhood that houses a random gathering of businesses: a pawn shop, pizzeria, beauty salon, pho restaurant, cigarette shop, and a suspicious looking neon sign that I swear is a brothel. Yes, the area is a little sketchy but nevertheless, I love my hood. I love that every convenience is within easy walking distance and I’m a big fan of walking to neighborhood businesses to support the local community.
Anyway, Amina Pizzeria is a newcomer occupying a tiny space in this building on Kalakaua Avenue. The tenant turnover of this space is so high that my husband and I thought we’d better check it out while we have the chance. I think the place is designed for mostly take out orders, but they do have 12 seats if you prefer to eat in, and there is a parking lot behind the building (entrance off Fern Street).
- Amina’s Combination Pizza ($18.95 for a 14″ pizza)
- Spaghetti with Mushrooms in Creamy Garlic Sauce ($8.95)
- Garden Green Salad ($5.25)
I’m actually sorry that I couldn’t write a better review because I really want to support local restaurants. The meal started out good with a large, fresh salad served with a yummy herb dressing. But I would skip the pastas next time – the spaghetti was dry like it’s been sitting for a while. The pizza has a thin crust and tasted fine. It’s probably a matter of preference, but I prefer a softer, chewier dough to the Amina crust which tasted a lot like pre-manufactured pizza crust you find in the refrigerated section in supermarkets. For almost an identical menu offering, I prefer La Pizza Rina on South King Street.
OVERALL: COULD BE BETTER
PRICE RANGE:$6.95-$8.95 for 9″ Pizzas, $12.95-$18.95 for 14″ Pizzas, $6.95-$10.95 for Pastas, $7.95-$8.95 for Calzones, $5.25-$7.25 Salads. Also available are Sub Sandwiches, French Bread Pizzas, and Garlic Rolls.
MY BILL: $40.00 for two
RETURNING?: After a while we’ll probably check it out again
(corner of Fern Street and Kalakaua Avenue, across from Martini Zoo)
1694-E Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96826