Casanova Italian Restaurant Address: 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, HI 96768 Contact: Steven Capelli Phone: 808-572-0220 Fax: 808-572-4978 Website: http://www.casanovamaui.com/ Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian, Dinner Region: Upcountry Price: Moderate Amenities: Outdoor Seating, Take-out, Reservations Recommended, Kid Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible, Live Music, Late Night Dining Hours: Daily 5:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Great Italian food, whether in the deli during lunch hour, or in the dining room for dinner. Wednesday nights, Casanova transforms into one of the hottest nightclubs on Maui. Voted best Italian, best pizza, and best late night. Winner of Best Italian Food 2009, Best Place to Dance 2009.
Best Italian Food, Winner Casanova Address: 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, HI 96768 Phone: 808-572-0220 Website: http://www.casanovamaui.com I am so happy that our readers chose Casanova as the Best Italian Food winner because it’s so true! I’ll start with the focaccia bread, dipped in balsamic and olive oil. Orgasmic. No, really it is. My favorite main dish is the fungi pasta with chicken. It’s pretty exquisite–loads of mushrooms, buttery noodles and garlic–all heaped on a plate with tender strips of chicken breast. Not to mention, most nights, Casanova offers great late night entertainment that’s perfect for dancing off those extra, delicious, totally worth it calories.
Best Place To Dance, Winner TIE: Casanova/Jacques Address: 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, HI 96768 Phone: 808-572-0220 Website: http://www.casanovamaui.com Man, I hate ties! What's up with that? I'm not sure if I trust it. We need a winner. Since both Casanova and Jacques are indisputably great places to get your groove on, I propose a dance-off! Heck, let's really spice it up and make it a break-dancing competition or maybe ballroom? What would you guys rather see? On second thought, let's just make them jan ken po for the title. Congrats to both Casanova and Jacques.
Best Place to Dance, Winner Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli Address: 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, HI 96768 Phone: 808-572-0220 Website: http://www.casanovamaui.com With such a huge dance floor and the volume of carb-ridden food and drink this place slings, there is really no excuse to not shake it. Not to mention the choice musical acts that Casanova brings in each weekend. You can catch everyone from Teomon & the Kryptones to Gomega to P.O.R.T.A.L., so regardless of the sound to which you prefer to get down, Casanova is your best bet. 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, 808-572-0220, casanovamaui.com. KB
Best Italian Food, Winner Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli Address: 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, HI 96768 Phone: 808-572-0220 Website: http://www.casanovamaui.com Maui isn’t exactly bursting with Italian restaurants, but Casanova still totally deserves top honors. The food there has that special touch of authenticity, and while there may not be an old Italian grandmother in the kitchen pinching the fresh ravioli together, the food is fresh, delicious and reasonably priced. I just wish they would open one up on the West side to help me with my late night tiramisu cravings. 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, 808-572-0220. JA
Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli Address: 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, HI 96768 Phone: (808) 572-0220 Website: http://www.casanovamaui.com AMENITIES: Live Music, Serve Food, Table Seating, Take-out Food, Wheelchair Access TYPE OF CUISINE: Mediterranean, Pizza BEERS ON TAP: Bass Ale, Guinness, Kona Brewery's Big Wave Golden Ale, Kona Brewery’s Long Board Lager, Stella Artois, Wailua Wheat TYPE OF BAR: Dance Bar, Restaurant Bar PRICE RANGE: $1-30 HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday- Sunday 11:00am- 1:30am ENTERTAINMENT: Wenesday and Weekends WEBSITE: www.casanovamaui.com SIGNATURE DRINK(S): An expansive wine list, “The Velvet Kiss” and “The Oprah” martinis (original concoctions created by owner Steven Cappelli) TYPICAL REGULAR: Visitors and locals GRINDS: Italian eats: Tonna Scottato with fresh, seared ahi; Gnocchi Strozzapreti, a batch of large ricotta and spinach dumplings in a creamy Gorgonzola sauce; pizzas; tiramisu, etc. ENTERTAINMENT: A hotspot for music and dancing: DJ beats, burlesque shows, dance rhythms for Latin-inspired lovers, local legends like Willy K, etc. VIBE: Swanky-yet-homey—tinkling glasses and crisp-linen swank bathed in ambient lighting, with a back wall that boasts (behind glass) a tropical gardenscape WHAT NIGHT GOES OFF HERE: Wednesday is Ladies Night—a staple at this Upcountry establishment that has been serving-up romance for over 20 years
BEST ITALIAN FOOD, Winner Casanova Italian Restaurant Address: 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, HI 96768 Contact: Steven Capelli Phone: 572-0220 Fax: 808-572-4978 Website: http://www.casanovamaui.com For more than two decades, Casanova has offered the whole package: fresh ingredients, authentic recipes and amazing entertainment. In Italy, pasta is eaten primi piatti, as the first course before your main dish and that option’s available here, including their homemade linguine, available at lunch and dinner. Their pizza is made in a wood-burning oven, their mozzarella is made in-house. Quite simply, you can’t get any closer to Italy on Maui.