Mediterraneo Italian Restaurant

This month’s girls night was at Mediterraneo. The birthday girl selected this restaurant because she had never been there before, and she LOVES pasta.

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.

Mediterraneo - Bread

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.

Mediterraneo - Insalata Contadina ($6.75)

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.

Mediterraneo - Strangola Preti ($15.50)

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.

Mediterraneo - Puttanesca ($14.50)

The Ravioli Funghi ($17.00) in a tomato basil sauce.

Mediterraneo - Ravioli Funghi ($17.00)

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.

Mediterraneo - Erbe ($14.00)

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.

OVERALL: GOOD
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
RETURNING?: Maybe

Mediterraneo Italian Restaurant
1279 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
808.593.1466

Mon-Sat 5:30p-9:30p
Closed on Sundays

5 Responses to “Mediterraneo Italian Restaurant”


  1. 1 せっちゃん April 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    イタリアンおいしそうですねぇ。最近はもうフレンチを食べたくなることはないけれど、私もたまにイタリアンは食べたくなるよ。ハワイでは世界中のお料理が食べられるのではないかと思うけど、どうですか?

  2. 2 Er April 21, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I liked my mushroom ravioli…very tasty, altho like all of our dishes, they sure piled on the sauce. Totally had enough for another meal if you added more noodles.

  3. 3 honolulueats April 21, 2010 at 10:02 am

    せっちゃん:確かにハワイでは世界中の料理が食べられるけど主に中華、和食、韓国、タイ、ベトナムとアジア系が充実しています。イタリアン、アメリカンももちろんあります。比較的少ないのがインド、気軽に行けるフレンチ、スペインなどかな。

    Er: Totally agree. They should offer an order of just noodles to soak up the sauce!

  4. 4 Keith May 12, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Never been. BUT… I get my haircut next door at A’s Barber Shop (she is the best, and HOT) and can confirm their parking situation leaves a lot to be desired (only 2 stalls for MIR). Also, if you park back there, don’t look into the kitchen through the rear door.

    • 5 honolulueats May 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      I know – I made the mistake of looking into the kitchen after we parked. But it doesn’t phase me too much (most every Mom & Pop restaurant kitchen probably looks like that behind closed doors). Next time, you should go after your haircut. I think you guys would enjoy the food.


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