A trip to Old Koloa Town on Kauai is a nice way to spend a leisurely afternoon on your Hawaii vacation. An idyllic day in paradise blends seamlessly with charming Old Koloa creating a peaceful setting. The quaint, restored plantation building, home to unique shops and lined with giant monkeypod trees, had tourists and locals buzzing among the clapboard storefronts on a recent visit.

We were hungry and Pizzetta was our destination. Old Koloa Town’s charm extended into Pizzetta’s Italian themed restaurant. We chose to sit on the lanai where banana trees, an herb garden, taro, flowers and foliage rustled in the trade winds inviting the outside in. Old Hawaiian music from the 40’s and 50’s played on the radio.

BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs ($8.95), as featured in Bon Appetit magazine, were Dan’s clear favorite. A generous portion of slow-cooked pork was served in a homemade papaya barbecue sauce with a spicy kick.

Mom’s favorite was the Fettuccine Lucia ($13.95). Tender pasta was tossed in olive oil, fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan and feta cheeses and topped with sliced chicken. Dad, wanting a taste, got his hand slapped as mom chided “Don’t rush me, it’s too good!”

Dad was all right with that since his favorite was the Pizza Paradiso. A thin and chewy crust is loaded with pesto, grilled chicken, fire roasted vegetables and topped with feta cheese. Sinking your teeth into the pie, your mouth is met with a creamy and savory bite causing you the exhale in relaxed comfort.

My favorite was the Ono Milanese for $17.95. Two parmesan-crusted Ono fillets served atop lightly sauteed vegetables, drizzled with a lemon caper cream sauce.

I asked Dad, a picky eater, how he liked his meal, “Oh yea, I’d come back!” he said with a big smile and a little pizza sauce on his chin.

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