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As soon as your flight landed in Kauai you were greeted by hula dancers. You walked out into the street to see coconut and banana trees everywhere, and there were food stands selling poke everywhere you looked. Unfortunately, you have a real craving for Italian food. Fear not! Donderos at the Grand Hyatt can sate that craving with some fantastic pasta that is well presented and served in an elegant dining room with a beautiful view of the ocean.

The restaurant is open nightly for dinner and offers many hearty meals that will meet all dietary preferences. They have a full list of imported and domestic wines that your waiter can help you select. You can’t get a bad meal here, but there are a few dishes that stand out as special.

Appetizers at Donderos

Their antipasti menu offers both traditional and new and imaginative concoctions the best of which are the fried mozzarella which comes drizzled with parmesan and tomato sauce and a seafood fritti which comes with an assortment of shellfish and a creamy and crisp pepperoncini aioli dipping sauce.

The salads come loaded with fresh vegetables. Dondero’s in Kauai offer a traditional Caprese salad with basil, tomato and fresh cheese as well as the garden salad which contains field greens veggies and unexpected and delicious pickled shallots.


Donderos is known for its freshly made and wonderfully crafted pasta dishes. There is a house made tortellini that’s filling changes on a weekly basis. Mushroom lovers must try the Cacio E Pepe Gnocci, which combines black pepper with ricotta gnocchi and royal trumpet mushrooms which have a deliciously nutty flavor. Seafood lovers will appreciate the freshness of the traditional shrimp scampi.


The desserts  at Dondero’s in Kauai vary from night to night, but past offerings have included a hazelnut candy bar with ice cream, roasted bananas, and a turtle sundae made with macadamia nuts.

Where to Stay

Now that you know you will not have to go without pasta, you can concentrate on finding accommodations on the island. You can try using a discount travel site, but you never know what room the hotel might decide to put you in. If you want to avoid hearing the sound of people splashing into the pool off the high dive all night, you may want to thing about a rental home. The rental homes offered by Ahh! Aloha Kauai Vacations have multiple rooms, full kitchens and lots of space. Call us today at 866-922-5642 to book your fabulous Hawaiian vacation.