Locals may dart in and out for wood-fired pizzas to go, but there’s something to be said for enjoying the capable service and cozy yet uncluttered atmosphere of the original Café Pesto, which opened in 1988, 4 years before the Hilo branch . More local produce and proteins appear on the menu now, but otherwise the pizzas, meal-size salads, hearty pastas, and “creative island cuisine” (such as zesty wok-fired shrimp and scallops in a red coconut curry) continue to impress year after year. The playful children’s menu ($8) also brims with healthful but enticing choices, including pasta and kalua turkey over rice.
Hawaii (The Big Island)
Hawaii (The Big Island)› Restaurant
In the Kawaihae Shopping Center, 61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy (Hwy. 270), Kawaihae
Our Rating Neighborhood The Kohala Coast Hours Sun–Thurs 11am–9pm; Fri–Sat 11am–10pm Phone 808/882-1071 Prices Main courses $11–$17 lunch, $15–$37 dinner; $10–$21 pizza Cuisine Type Pizza/Pacific Rim Web site Café Pesto
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