The Holidays are Here at Auntie Pasto’s

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October 28, 2012

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

Ready or not, here the holidays come. One way to get in the holiday spirit is to visit Auntie Pasto’s Kunia for its special holiday menu launching Nov. 1 and available through the end of the year.

On the menu is a Winter Caprese Salad ($6.95), a perfect starter to enjoy yourself or to share, consisting of roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella with a savory pesto sauce.

“The reason it’s called a winter caprese is because tomatoes are out of season during the winter, so it’s tomatoes that have been slow-roasted to bring out natural sugars and concentrated delicious flavors,” explains assistant manager David Kauka.

There also is a Crab Piccata ($25) featuring steamed crab made with Auntie Pasto’s tasty lemon piccata sauce along with pan-sauteed tomatoes, onions and capers, and served with a side Caesar Salad. And for dessert, Pumpkin Tiramisu ($7.50) has become a holiday favorite. There’s a graham cracker crust on the bottom, a thick layer of pumpkin filling and Lady Fingers on top.

“People ask for it throughout the year,” says Kauka. “We’ve been offering it for the past five years. It’s not your traditional tiramisu, and with just enough pumpkin flavor to bring out the holidays.”

Of course, Auntie Pasto’s regular menu will still be offered, including its signature seafood pasta, shrimp scampi and aged ribeye steaks.

Auntie Pasto’s Kunia opened six years ago by local restaurateur Ed Wary, who is the original owner of Auntie Pasto’s on Beretania Street but no longer owns that location. However, he notes that the Kunia eatery serves the original recipes from when the original restaurant first opened, is built on the original concept and continues to carry its reputation of good food, generous portions, great prices and friendly service.

Wary also owns Dixie Grill in Aiea, and coming soon is Whiskey Dix, an environmentally-friendly bar to be located upstairs of Dixie Grill.

The Auntie Pasto’s Kunia lunch menu ends at 4 p.m., and the dinner menu is available all day. There also are weekly promotions: Monday is Military Mozzarella (purchase two entrees and present a military ID, and receive a free mozzarella marinara appetizer), Tuesdays and Wednesdays are Kids Eat Free (children age 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entree, one kid’s meal per adult meal), and Thursday is Half Off Wine. Weekly promotions are available after 4 p.m., and cannot be combined with other offers, such as coupons.

There also is a gift card promotion from Nov. 7 through Jan. 1. Purchase $50 worth of gift cards (available in $10 increments), and receive a $10 gift card.

Auntie Pasto’s

94-673 Kupuohi St. #B 109, Kunia
Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Waipahu, HI 96797

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