“Ala Cart” night at Vino

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I’ve never been to State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, but Vino Italian Tapas chef Keith Endo has, and says it’s a creatively-themed, always-changing menu of little plates with a long waiting list of diners. Vino, with its regulars, doesn’t do too many drastic changes to the menu, but Endo spreads his creative wings with a monthly “Ala Cart” night inspired by State Bird.

You can still order items off the menu, but why would you? These little plates are fun, delicious, and for the creativity behind it, very reasonable. The ingredients are fresh, seasonal, and mostly local, so the selection is always changing to give you new tastes every time you come back. I went with Pam Davis recently to try the new concept, and we were impressed:

Vino Ala Cart

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Master sommelier Chuck Furuya (middle) is also usually there, if you need help selecting wine pairings. He's pictured here with Roger Dikon — one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine — and his family.

The next “Ala Cart” night is June 18; reservations are recommended but not essential.

Vino Italian Tapas
500 Ala Moana Blvd. (Restaurant Row)

Next week, I’ll be trying the Chef’s Table, another new concept there. Stay tuned.


I did enjoy Stuart Brioza's food at State Bird Provisions. Looking forward to trying their take on this dim sum-style format.


So on your trip to Ka'u for coffee, are the names correct on the photo of the 3 coffee geeks, Meilssa.


Tapas style & Tempura Bar;  my two favorite ways to eat. lots of variety, lots of surprises; lots of fun with lots of friends. ------(extra cute by-line pic of you M808...is by-line still a thing?)