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

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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).

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