It’s Dessert TimeA La Carte Columns
May 15, 2016
Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
Best known as a family favorite on the Windward side of Oahu, Zia’s Caffe has become a staple for its authentic Italian food and exceptional customer service.
The eatery first opened in 1998 at its former location in Kailua, and then expanded to Kaneohe in 2001. Family-owned and operated, Zia’s Caffe has a lot of loyal guests who return for its laid-back atmosphere and delicious food.
Executive chef Jesse Kila makes it a priority to use mostly local ingredients and support local companies, such as Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop, which provides all of the restaurant’s bread products.
Recently, Kila revamped the dessert menu, as well as added some after-dinner drinks. Sink your teeth into Brown Buttered Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae ($7.95), which is a large, freshly baked cookie smothered in chocolate and caramel sauce and topped with vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry.
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Also new to the menu is Zia’s Caffe’s Baked Goat Cheese Dip. For $9, this appetizer is served with toast topped simply with olive oil. The dip is the restaurant’s homemade red sauce, also known as “red gravy,” with goat cheese and basil pesto — all of which makes for the perfect shared dish.
45-620 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.