Bernini Honolulu.


Last week a new Italian eatery opened up on Waimanu Street just above Ala Moana Center and across from the Ko’olani luxury condo complex.  The eatery was opened by Motoyo Koyata and renowned Chef Kengo Matsumoto of Japan.

Chef Matsumoto currently owns and oversees three Italian themed restaurants in Japan.  Bernini in Azabu Juban, Tokyo and Vinoteca Wagon and Pizzeria Romana Bernini in Ginza.  Bernini Honolulu is his 4th restaurant and first in America.

Manager Motoyo Koyata has a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry with her last stint at Taormina in Waikiki.

I knew I was in for a treat the moment I walked into the parking lot and saw the restaurant.  The entrance is very welcoming and the layout, simply stated was elegant.

The entrance to Bernini Honolulu. Love the floor to ceiling glass windows.

The interior is very open, clean and well spaced between tables.  They also have a larger private area for parties and a smaller private room for a more intimate setting.

A view from the entrance of the restaurant into the dining room. Its a very comfortable atmosphere.

Spacious dining area with new and contemporary furniture.

A look at their wide open kitchen.

This is their homemade focaccia bread. I’ll be honest, I didn’t eat it because I wanted to save my appetite for what was to come.

Salad Romana: Romain lettuce, anchovies, capers and olives. A lighter version of Caesar Salad. $11.

Verdure Miste: Steamed vegetables with an Italian parsely sauce. This was excellent the vegetables were not overdone, still had vibrant color and a slight crip yet tendernes to them. The sauce was light and it did not overpower the vegetables at all. $12.
Beef Ragu: Stewed angus beef with vegetables. This dish was amazing. The beef melted in my mouth and the vegetables were cooked to perfection. There was a slight spice that tickled my throat but in a good way. This is a must order. $19.
Diavola: The spicy salami pizza with mozzarealla cheese. Their thin crust pizza is cooked in a special oven that takes them only a few minutes. I would love to try more of them. $20.
A look at their special wood fired oven for the pizza.
Buddino: No Italian dinner is complete with dessert. We had this custard pudding and it was great because it was light and not too filling. Just right. $7.
A photo with Motoyo and Chef Matsumoto to end the night.
I’ll be quite honest here.  This is probably one of the best Italian eateries here in Hawaii.  I’m sure it will be a popular place once it “officially” opens.  The grand opening is on April 5th.  Be sure you check this place out.  It’s a little on the pricier side but you get what you pay for. The food is excellent, so I recommend you go with a group so you can order a bunch of dishes, try different things and split the cost.
Did I mention they also have wine? 🙂
Bernini Honolulu
1218 Waimanu Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 591-8400

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Recipe Chefs on March 26, 2011 at 4:32 am

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  2. Posted by michaelchoy0 on March 26, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Going to Verbano for dinner tomorrow, wish I knew about this place earlier. Looks really good!!


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