World Pasta Day at Prima

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6 p.m. last Thursday, Prima in Kailua. Thirteen fellow pasta fiends and I have converged on one of the island’s best restaurants for our specially created, this-time-only World Pasta Day celebration dinner. Course after course of carby goodness — that’s what we want. Surprise us! I’ve tweeted Prima. Wacky, traditional, anything!

But this? Seriously, the menu? I’m laughing.

When did you actually come up with the dishes? I ask Aker Briceno, one of the main guys.

Today, he shrugs.

His partner, Lindsey Ozawa, also shrugs. Three o’clock, he says.

OK. I chose Prima for our Pasta Day feast because the curry bolognese pappardelle reigns as the best pasta dish I’ve had on the island: silky, translucent fresh handmade noodles, a slow-cooked ragu that’s tinged with curry, and those deep-fried curry leaves that, when the dish is held up, catch the light like stained glass.

I have nothing to say. I trust Prima. We pour more wine, break out the chilled sake. Bring it, Prima. Bring on the carbs.

One with the noodle

Thursday night, full house at Prima. Only our table of 14 gets this specially created pasta-fest. Many of us have carb-starved in anticipation (translation: We're ravenous).

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Prima
108 Hekili St.
808-888-8933

http://www.primahawaii.com/

27 comments
lihinggirl
lihinggirl

*drool* Thanks for sharing the awesome pictures and stories from your World Pasta Day feast! I love noodles/pasta too!

konaish
konaish

I came in to this dinner with the Pappardelle as my favorite, but honestly I adored each and every dish. I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite. I wish the gnocchi and ravioli were on the menu *hint*hint* and I loved that Aker kept the beautifully creative dessert light. As @strobie said, "food coma" aptly described our group when all was said & done. Loved it!

Soos808
Soos808

Lovely pasta, especially the kabocha ravioli, but I was most enthralled by the amuse bouche of hearts of palm & konbu "ribbons", and the fabulous but light dessert - that caramel "pasta"! Great to meet @chant808  @strobie & others! Mahalo, @nonstopmari 

strobie
strobie

I ate and ate and ate. Then kept eating. LOVED Prima. Fantastic addition to the Kailua dining scene. Thanks again Mari!

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

EO and Straight Woman:  Ok, guud stuff.  Fuud luuks Fabuulous!  Where did nuudles originate?

melody1
melody1

 @nonstopmari  Grazie!  again for organizing this fab  dinner ! dinner was so good, company even better :)

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

Me sad me no go this pasta dinner. =(

chant808
chant808

OMG, mine is definitely the ravioli. And the gnocchi, paired with dry sake!  If we're talking pasta and men, make mine eclectic, a mix of complexity and heartiness with a little bit of the unexpected at every bite ... the kind you can't get out of your head :-P

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

My favorite was the amatriciana. Who knew it would be so rich and fabulous? Oh, that's how I like my men, too.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @konaish thnx for coming, and for commenting in the middle of the nite before ur flight to sapporo today. looking fwd to all ur food, sake and adventure posts w/ @Melissa808 !! @strobie 

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Soos2005 what are u doing up at this hour??! I totally agree w all u said, wd order all those in a heartbeat ... If they were on the menu. I found the caramel 'udon' dish as comforting as it was fun @chant808 @strobie

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@strobie I know, that was def a nite to hana hou! Tnx again for sharing ur valpolicella

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave AD, didn't i mean to go personally investigate the origins of noodles, italy or china? i can't remember

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @MyongChoi i know, one time only and all ... ;( otoh, maybe u can organize ur own?

melody1
melody1

 @chant808   well said!  i must have to agree with both the choice in pasta and men!  

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @chant808 that's the ravioli! that's it exactly!! so unexpected ... that was actually the first ravioli i liked!

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

 @nonstopmari Straight Woman is correct!  Introduced to Europe by the Arabs!  Italians are a Johnny Come Lately.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Annoddah_Dave i may have something, willkeep u posted