In the Mood for Italian Food

Columns Veg'n Out

December 8, 2013

Story By: Terri Hefner | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Dining out can be a moody thing. Sometimes you’re driven by hunger to go all out and treat yourself to something rich and comforting. Other times you just want a quick bite to eat and be on your way.

No matter what mood you’re in, Anytime Cafe in Market City Shopping Center can suit your appetite affordably without skimping on quality. And what’s cool about this eatery is that its name reveals its owners’ intentions: No matter what time of day, you can order your heart’s desire. Hey, we’re not all on the same schedule. You want pizza for breakfast? Sure!

The multitude of offerings is quite eclectic, from Chinese specialties and local faves to sandwiches, pasta and more, which makes it even easier to calm that beast in your stomach while pleasing your palate. It’s got the whole “something for everyone” thing going, which is great if you’re dining with a group of folks with various tastes. So you’ll want to return time and time again.

Cindy Wong, who co-owns Anytime Cafe with husband Ken, recommends a duo of Italian-inspired creations for non-meat eaters. Caprese Spaghettini ($10.50) captures the flavors and textures of a classic Caprese salad — mozzarella, tomatoes and basil — and combines them with fresh spaghettini topped with house-made tomato sauce. According to Wong, this dish has been quite popular with customers.

If these cool autumn days have you warmed up to the idea of something hot from the oven, try Baked Vegetable Canneloni ($11.50). The pasta is stuffed with seasonal fresh vegetables, including diced eggplant, broccoli, carrots, onions and mushrooms, combined with creamy ricotta and Parmesan cheeses and topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella — yummy comfort food.

For just the right meal just about any time, you know where to go.

Contact Terri Hefner at diningout@staradvertiser.com

Anytime Cafe

Market City Shopping Center
2919 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-midnight
Sundays, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96826

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