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Magoo’s Mouthwatering Pizza

By Jaimie Kim Photos By Nathalie Walker
May 19, 2013

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Long before food trucks became a fad, one mobile-based eatery staked its claim on Honolulu’s food scene: Magoo’s Pizza.

Family-operated since it first opened in 1967, Magoo’s Pizza recently opened its newest location on Kapahulu Avenue.

You’re more than welcome to create your own pizza. Consider, however, the notion of simply selecting from a list of public-approved favorites, and eliminating the need to hem and haw over toppings.

Magoo’s Famous Combination ($14.50, small; $19.95, medium; $25.95, large; $29.95, giant) is popular among customers — for good reason, too. Pepperoni, mushrooms, pork sausage, bell peppers and olives are tucked perfectly between melted mozzarella, Cheddar and Parmesan cheese.

A second gourmet option is Magoo’s Special Gourmet ($14.50, small; $19.95, medium; $25.95, large; $29.95, giant) — this one is recommended for garlic lovers. Slices of ham are accompanied by mushrooms, tomatoes, capers, red and green bell peppers, and roasted garlic.

“It’s actual gourmet pizza,” he says. “We’re not a fast-food chain; it takes time, it takes care for our pizza.”

Of course, the secret to Magoo’s success is in its sauce. And there are only two people who know the recipe — Sakaguchi hasn’t been let in on that particular family secret just yet.

A little preview of things in store for Magoo’s enthusiasts: In two weeks the family plans to open 50 Tacos on its same Kapahulu property for fans of Mexican eats. Expect anywhere between five and 10 different taco options daily for under $3.

Magoo’s Pizza

1006 Kapahulu Ave.
732-8101
11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily