Last night was stellar...

Dining with my Best Half at Taormina Restaurante' in Waikiki. The food & culture of two wonderful islands spectacularly merged to one cuisine! One in the absolute best tasting menu and dining experiences we have shared... Our waitress Gina, her manager Hunter, along with the entire support staff provided top flight service while practicing "Aloha" in a friendly helpful manner! Highlights included: An Inizia "Amuse Bouche" of Corn Mousse w/ seared Uni & Osetra Caviar - Super Pairing with Nicolas Feuillatte Cuvée Gastronomie Brut Reserve An Antipasto of farm raised Kona Abalone w/ a savory Anchovy Butter - Paired with an exceptional surprise of the Antinori Castillo Della Salla Bramito from Umbria (now my Best Half has a white wine from Umbria she likes!). A Primo Piatto course of Ricci Di Mare; Their signature pasta dish of Spagelhetti with fresh Uni, Garlic, and Kona Sea Salt: Perfectly simple elegance (even my Best Half enjoyed it!). Paired w/ the Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay... Wow can it get better??? Yes it can! A Second Piatto course of Colorado Lamb Chop "Luca Pecorini" paired with the Stags Lesp "Artemis" Napa Cab And a finishing Dolce course of a Mango & Gelato Compote! Not to be forgotten my Best Half ordered an Antipasti of A Caprese made with local Cherry Tomatoes from the Ho Farm, and imported Puglia Burrata Cheese. Her main course Pasta was a Fettuccini Bolognese alla Classica with roasted Beef, Pork, and Foie Grass in a Red wine reduction sauce. It's not their signature dish but it damn well could be! For her we brought a 2010 Ruffino "Modus" Super Tuscan - At around $30 retail; This is a must seek, find, buy, and enjoy Super T. We gladly shared half our bottle with the manager Hunter and staff! This is an exceptional dining experience for those wanting a few steps above experience for their fine dining night out while on Oahu!

by Michael Fraschilla

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