We do not have authentic paella in Hawai'i so this was a must try! We found this hidden gem through the groupon site and drove 20 minutes for early dinner. and we're glad we did! We walk up to this quaint little restaurant and were greeted and seated immediately. Our waitress (Nicole) had great customer service and was friendly with us. She was more than obliged to share the story of the family-owned restaurant. Exactly the kinds of places we like to eat- where people treat you like family and friends :-) We ordered the mixta paella, sangria pitcher, ham croquet, calamari, flan, and tres leche cake. The ham croquet and calamari were excellent (how do you screw up calamari?)! Both were crunchy and hot and the sauce for both complemented the dishes quite well. The mixta paella was OH EM GEEEEEE good! My wife has been to Spain and verified it's authenticity. Lol. The paella was moist, flavorful, hearty and more than we expected! (It was so good I purchased another grouping on the spot to order another to take home!! The sangria was made the way we like it- homemade, cherries, not so strong wine. Deliciously compliments the paella. Then....dessert. The tres leche cake was moist and firm but the flan (oh, the flan!) the best flan I have EVER had!! Firm and rich with none of that caramel water soup stuff! All in all, we spent waaaay more then we would have but it was worth every cent!!! The flavors alone will twist your arm to eat more than you thought you could!!! Mahalo e Paella House :-)
I have lived in the different boroughs in New York and Jersey, and whoever wrote that nasty review needs to eat somewhere else, because they ain't got any taste! I mean look at the other places they said to eat at. What about mama Mia's awesome food? Did That guy think to even mention that in his review? Racist?!?! What's wrong, they didn't get something for free when they complained? I wouldn't take my family anywhere else to get pizza. We get our pizza on Friday nights and we got to get our wings on Saturday nights. The owners brother has been working there forever, or at least as long as we've been eating there (about 8 years). He cracks us up, and my kids love going there. I also bring people in from work to eat pizza for lunch. I wish i was mama mia because if someone was talkin smack like that about my place and i found out about it... i'd take care of that punk straight up italian style! Whoever wrote that whack review needs to just stay home and eat some nasty frozen grocery store pizza. stop takin up space at my favorite pizza shop, maybe the rest of us who actually know something about good pizza can get served faster. i also live in belle isle, and i'm hoping i ain't got neighbors that messed up! Its nice livin on the water but some of y'all just crazy!
After returning from Italy, I thought I would never again have the opportunity to enjoy true italian dishes (cue the dramatic music)....but I find myself sinfuly pleased again when discovering this bistro! Although it is a bit out of the way for me (I live at exit 58 off I-4, and it is located at exit 75A)... I will make this trip again... and soon! The pizza (there are over 500 choices) is authentic to Rome. Thin and crisp... the sauce leaves you wanting more! We chose this as an appetizer. Our main dishes, Pasta Fruitti (linguini with a whole lot of seafood) and Gnocchi Fromaggio (can you say "pillows of heaven") were so fantastic that I cannot describe how delicious!!!! I am not going over board on any of this either... I am the pickiest of eaters... and this place has nailed it as far as flavor goes. I will say this... there is serious possibilities with such a place.. and I only wish that the location was better. I hope the owners will look into this.... since it is truly amazing food! SO i urge you to try it out.... and make it a favorite stop.