It’s a small restaurant with only a couple parking stalls in the back, so your best bet is probably to look for street parking. The inside is charming with its wooden tables and chairs, decorative plates and blue glass goblets. We went on a Saturday night, and by 6:30pm the place was full with people waiting outside.
Here’s their house bread served with a dipping sauce of balsamic vinegar, olive oil and parsley.
We started off with Insalata Contadina ($6.75), a salad of greens and chopped tomatoes seasoned with garlic, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. I loved this dish – so simple and fresh.
For the pastas you can choose between Fettucine, Tagliolini (slightly thinner than the Fettucine), Trenette (slightly wider than the Fettucine), or Penne. The birthday girl ordered Fettucine Strangola Preti ($15.50) with lots of chunks of homemade sausage and porcini mushrooms.
Here’s the classic Tagliolini Puttanesca ($14.50) with olives, capers and anchovies in a tomato sauce. My friend said it was the best Puttanesca she’s ever had.
The Ravioli Funghi ($17.00) in a tomato basil sauce.
And I had the Tagliolini Erbe ($14.00), a fresh herb tomato sauce. It had TONS of fresh herbs in it. You can actually see the “branches” of rosemary and sage in the sauce. You have to really love fresh strong herbs like rosemary to enjoy this pasta, which I did.
Our pastas were all very tasty and full of flavor, but we all agreed that the sauce to pasta ratio was way too high. In addition to my pasta being “oversauced”, it was very salty too, so I took the leftovers home to enjoy with a nice big piece of baguette.
PRICE RANGE: Approx. $6.75-$15.00 for appetizers and salads, approx. $13.00-$23.00 for pastas and entrees. Click to view the menu here but I noticed they’ve changed the prices from what’s printed here. Prices on most items have increased by $0.50-$1.00.
MY BILL: $26.00 including my share of the birthday meal
Mediterraneo Italian Restaurant
1279 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Closed on Sundays