Made just for youCover Story
February 19, 2023
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Local fans of hearty Italian cuisine continue to discover and savor their favorite entrées, desserts, salads, soups and appetizers at Olive Garden’s two convenient Oahu locations.
Area director Jasmine Doropan explains that guests look forward to the cuisine and customer service pro vided at the restaurant’s two sites: Hookipa Terrace atop Ala Moana Center and The Village at Ka Makana Ali‘i.
“Olive Garden’s core mantra is ‘family’ and the sense of togetherness felt when you are sharing a warm, hearty meal with your loved ones, nothing beats that feeling,” Doropan says. “With our love for our food and providing a memorable guest experience, we continue to grow our business. The kamaaina on the island have been such strong supporters as we come together like family.”
Be sure to try a new offering only available at the two Hawaii locations: Calabrian Mahi Mahi ($27.89) features pan-seared mahi mahi topped with a smoky Calabrian tomato sauce along with roasted red peppers and cherry tomatoes served over angel hair pasta. The flavorful fish is a perfect match for guests here in the islands as local diners’ love for mahi mahi is undeniable.
Olive Garden’s popular Create Your Own Pasta (starting at $17.89, price varies depending on topping selections) features many options including Rigatoni, Five Cheese Sauce, Broccoli and Chicken Fritta, just to name a few.
Doropan explains that “Guests are encouraged to create a new Italian classic with pasta your way, handcrafted from our Italian kitchen. There are so many choices, the ‘pastabilities’ are endless.”
Six-ounce Sirloin ($27.49) is cooked to one’s desired temperature and topped with garlic herb butter along with a side of Fettuccine Alfredo. The juicy sirloin steak accented with the garlic butter sauce pairs perfectly with the rich and hearty alfredo pasta.
Grilled Chicken Margherita ($25.79) is one of Olive Garden’s healthier menu options as it contains just 540 calories. After it’s topped with freshly chopped tomatoes, mozzarella, basil pesto and lemon garlic sauce, the succulent chicken is served with Parmesan garlic broccoli.
Eggplant Parmigiana ($22.29) is a popular vegetarian selection as hand-breaded eggplant is lightly fried to order and topped with melted mozzarella and homemade marinara before being served with a side of spaghetti.
Olive Garden’s iconic breadsticks are also a necessity when dining at the restaurant and are usually the first thing guests ask for.
In addition to serving up memorable meals in the dine-in restaurants, both Olive Garden locations offer takeout and online ordering for convenient dining options on the go. Olive Garden also serves up delicious — and affordable — lunch specials available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays (excluding holidays) with prices ranging from $12 to $16.