WINE DOWN EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar Kicks off Vino Sociale Friday
Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar celebrates its first anniversary by unveiling a delicious secret: a hidden patio facing Kuhio Avenue. With a full leafy hedge, stone wall and wooden benches, this patio that seats about 18 people is now the host of a new “in-the-know” event called Vino Sociale Friday.
Vino Sociale (pronounced so-shee-ah-lay), or “wine social” in Italian is the much more casual, carefree version of a wine tasting event. Guests are escorted to the back of the restaurant, down a ramp that leads to the outdoor patio. They are then greeted by welcome champagne and are asked to freely seat themselves at a banquet style table for 18 people.
Beverage Program Director, Jill Shiroma curates a flight of wine that is then paired with a rotating selection of off- (and on-) menu specials that showcase Chef de Cuisine Naomi Ito’s hand in the kitchen. General Manager Nadia Mohd Sivan arranges the spread in an “edible table runner” fashion so that guests can help themselves to samplings of dishes that are placed at either end of the table. As the evening progresses, heartier entrée dishes—in shareable style—arrive for guests to enjoy, though guests are encouraged to order from the regular menu should their favorites be missing. The evening wraps up with a small bite of dessert.
The results of this is an awe-inspiring display of great food and wine paired friends, dates, and yes, strangers that mingle together as they enjoy the evening in an intimate yet laidback setting. And at an all-inclusive price of $65 per person (including tax and tip), guests are treated to an exclusive and unique experience reminiscent of invitation-only social parties in the neighborhoods of Paris.
In celebration of the first official Vino Sociale Friday on December 7, guests will be treated to a special rate of $55 per person. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.
Guests looking to recreate the night for a private event can also reserve this experience with a party minimum of 10 people. The patio seats up to 18 people, but the experience is available within the restaurant in the semi-private dining area as well.
Vino Sociale Friday takes place every first Friday of the month at Appetito Craft Pizza, from 5:30 PM by reservations only for 18 people at maximum. Reservations by phone at (808) 922 – 1150. Validated self-parking is available at OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger for all guests.
Featured menu items (from the top): Genovese Pizza; Boquerones Pizza; Prosciutto Papaya; Insalata Russa (Appetito-style potato salad); Kale Salad with Cajun Shrimp; Rotisserie Chicken
About Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar
The 5,543 square-foot open-aired Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar celebrated its grand opening on January 20, 2018. With a menu designed to encourage sharing, Regional Executive Chef Hiroyuki "Hiro" Mimura's creative gourmand expertise influence the authentic Italian dishes that include a range of Neapolitan-style pizza, 26oz T-bone steak, Cauliflower Frittos, and Matcha green tea Tiramisu; the limited menu will rotate regularly with seasonal bounty and Chef's inspiration.
The vibrant Wine Bar features a select list of over 100 fine wines available by the bottle and by the glass, along with craft beers, homemade limoncello liqueur, and handcrafted cocktails inspired by the island's culture.
Vino Sociale Friday
Date: Every First Friday
Time: Champagne reception begins at 5:30 PM
Where: Kuhio-facing patio
Rate: $65 per person
(tax and tip included)
Seating: 18 pax
Reservations: (808) 922 – 1150
Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar
Address: OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger
150 Kaiulani Ave., Honolulu HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922 – 1150
Business Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Breakfast: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM, daily
Lunch: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, daily
Happy Hour: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM, daily
Dinner: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM, daily
Grand Opening Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Opened since: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Italian, Wine Bar
Dress Code: None