Simply the Best at Just PastaDigest On the Menu
July 28, 2013
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
With a simple menu chock-full of Italian favorites, Just Pasta is Oahu’s new home for great-tasting pasta dishes at appetizing prices.
Just Pasta made its debut a few weeks ago after being cooked up by the same culinary team that brought the popular Magoo’s Pizza and Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood food trucks to fruition. With fresh ingredients and gourmet preparation techniques playing prominent roles in each dish, Just Pasta satisfies customers with a wide variety of delicious Italian-influenced options supplemented with local flair.
Chef Magdy Elzoheiry brings more than 15 years of experience to the kitchen, and the Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts graduate also honed his craft in Las Vegas and New York before returning to Honolulu.
“Not only does the food look great — that’s the first impression that the customer gets — but they can expect the best quality,” says Elzoheiry of the dishes that he has mastered throughout his extensive culinary career. “We use fresh produce, and get our fish fresh from the auction every day. Our ingredients are the best you can get locally, and the technique we use to cook our pastas is authentically Italian.”
Just Pasta is conveniently located at the corner of Kapahulu and Kaimuki Avenues, across the street from Crane Park and just up the road from Leonard’s Malasadas. Unlike most takeout establishments, where customers are forced to take their food to go due to a lack of eating space, Just Pasta provides a large, covered eating area for its guests. The dining area is just steps away from the takeout window and adjacent Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood truck, and provides room for more than 20 patrons to enjoy their meals in cool, shaded comfort.
Shrimp Scampi ($9.95) has emerged as an early customer favorite, and features plump, juicy shrimp prepared in a white wine, garlic, butter and caper sauce along with diced tomatoes and served on a bed of linguine. Nearly every entree plate at Just Pasta costs less than $10, adding value to the extraordinary taste and ample portions. As Elzoheiry explains, restaurants typically include 6 ounces of pasta with each dish, while Just Pasta rewards customers with 8to 9-ounce portions.
“We make an effort to give our customers more food and better value, so that’s what they can expect from us,” Elzoheiry says. “Just Pasta is all about quality, quantity and everything in between.”
Just Pasta also features Grilled Salmon ($13.95), another extremely popular dish that includes fresh salmon cooked to perfection atop pasta with a light butter and caper sauce. Seafood fans may also choose Clams Linguine ($9.95), as a garlic and white wine sauce accompanied by diced tomatoes gives the plentiful pasta additional elements of flavor.
Diners may also choose from traditional favorites such as Meat Balls ($9.95) atop pasta and served with a hearty marinara sauce, and Pomodoro ($9.95) with robust diced tomatoes accompanied by basil and garlic — a perfect vegetarian option.
Additionally, the eatery is able to assist customers with catering requests. From corporate events to family get-togethers and tailgate parties, the skilled staff is primed to cater events including 50 to 800 people. For more information, call the catering department at 699-8850.
1006 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu
Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Note: Catering is available, call 699-8850 for more details.