Food Finds: Kailua

Prima

Heating up Kailua's culinary scene is Prima, a hot new Italian/American restaurant by a trio of local chefs with some serious cooking street cred.

Folded inside a nondescript strip mall next to Foodland, Prima is known for flipping out some of the island's best kiawe wood brick oven pizzas. We go bananas for their Di Bologna ($18), a thin crust, handcrafted pizza topped with pepperocini, mozzarella, a soft poached egg, rosemary, mortadella Spaghetti all'Amatriciana, tomato, red onion and guanciale. If you're going with a group we recommend ordering family style so you can sample some of their other Prima-ere dishes like the pappardelle ($18), curry bolognese with fried curry leaves or their slow roasted pork belly ($32), with king trumpet mushrooms, mashed potatoes and sautéed greens. Delizioso!

If a visit to Prima is a top priority, make sure to put in your reservation well in advance - they're so popular among Kailua residents that they typically have a line winding around the door. And because they fire food to order you may have to wait a bit for your meal. But stick around for dessert - their pistachio glace will make your eyes glaze over.

Know Before You Go

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 Going with a group? Order family-style so you can sip and sample a variety of their delicious dishes! 

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 Our favorites like the pappardelle, curry Bolognese with fried curry leaves and Di Bologna pizza will have you wanting amore!

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 Make your reservation a few days in advance to snag a table at this prima-ere Kailua hot spot.

“We went this weekend and saw that Prima is now B.Y.O.B. Conveniently located next door is a super market called Foodland where we were able to buy drinks and bring them to dinner.”
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