With sunny Koloa town and Kaua‘i’s golden South Shore doubling for the Italian Riviera on the Mediterranean, it’s easy to picture yourself in Old Italy the second you step foot into the cozy dining room at La Spezia restaurant. Warm and inviting, the dining area is rustic yet modern with natural light and charming wood tables, an inviting bar area, and friendly staff who greet you with a smile. The menu is Old World Italian with homestyle dishes prepared from scratch and perfectly paired with an extensive wine list sure to delight the novice and the connoisseur alike. For classic Italian, there is simply nothing finer than La Spezia Kauai.
Vintage Italian appetizers greet you and usher you into a meal full of rich and vibrant flavors. Start with a classic antipasti for two to six people and share cured meats, artisanal cheeses, pickled vegetables, tapenades, and house crostini, or mix and match and make your own with Tre Formaggi, Castelvetrano Olives, and Arancini (fried risotto with mozzarella in a balsamic reduction). Gourmet flatbreads like the Prosciutto and the Pear Gorgonzola are always crowd pleasers as well. Side dishes like meatballs, Creamy Polenta, and Fried Zucchini work great as a starter or with your main course.
Pasta Perfection at La Spezia Restaurant
When it comes to pasta, La Spezia Kauai has something for everyone. Nonna’s Lasagna comes with four cheeses, béchamel sauce, and your choice of red sauce – just don’t tell your grandmother you like Nonna’s better. Classics like Spaghetti, Spicy Meatballs and Spaghetti, and Vongole e Gamberetti (spaghetti with local seafood and a special broth) are sure to please, and we particularly love the Ravioli with smoked salmon, lemon dill cream sauce, and fried capers. For a decadent dish steeped with savory goodness, try the Oxtail Pappardelle with Kobe oxtail and parmesan or the Fettucine Calabrese with sausage, mushrooms, and truffle cream.
La Spezia Restaurant does more than just pasta; from free range Tuscan Chicken in a scaloppini sauce to fresh seafood, you will be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Eggplant parmesan melts in your mouth with a spicy arrabbiata sauce, and the Hanger Steak with potato puree, roasted broccoli, shallots, tomato verde, and pecorino cheese in a marsala demi-glace is heaven on a plate.
Pair your meal with one of their opulent wines or simply a glass of the tasty house red, or opt for an Italian take on classic cocktails like the Milanohattan or Bitter Mai Tai. These cocktails and more are also available during their weekday breakfasts and delicious Sunday brunch, always a popular event.