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 drink and are asked to freely seat themselves on the patio in a lounge setting.
Beverage Program Director, Jill Shiroma curates a flight of wine that is then paired with a rotating selection of off-menu specials that showcase Chef de Cuisine Naomi Ito’s hand in the kitchen. General Manager Kelly Nguyen arranges the spread in an “grazing table” fashion so that guests can help themselves to samplings of off-menu dishes. 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. In true Appetito fashion, an array of signature Neapolitan-style pizza will be served. 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 $55 per person or $100 per couple (including tax and tip), guests are treated to an exclusive and unique experience reminiscent of invitation-only social parties in the neighborhoods of Paris.
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.
Date: Every Second Friday
Time: Welcome drink reception begins at 6:00 PM
Where: Kuhio-facing patio
Rate: $55 per person; $100 per couple (tax and tip included)
Seating: 18 pax
Reservations: (808) 922 – 1150