New eats: Happy Valley Pasta & Pizza

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New eats: Happy Valley

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A new restaurant has opened in the former Tavola Tavola spot on Monsarrat, and it's got a lot of people curious. According to one of the waitstaff, Happy Valley Pasta & Pizza is a chain from Japan, and this is their first Hawaii/U.S. venture.

I'm going to preface this review by saying that most of the food we tried is not exciting by any means, but falls into the "affordable dining out" category. Most of it is basic, but anything that strays from the norm is a Japanese take on Italian. You're going to see that we liked about half the things we tried, and passed on the rest.

Happy Valley Pasta & Pizza
3106 Monsarrat Ave.
808-737-0080

15 comments
PaulaGillinghamBender
PaulaGillinghamBender

I had the carbonara and @JohnBender @AlohaJohn had the 5-veggie pasta with bacon. We don't like bacon that's still wiggling, and a little on the cold side. I was disappointed and we won't be back. Yes, the staff is friendly, the place is very comfortable, the food is probably not for locals but for Japanese tourists. None of it impressed my family.

Shauna Goya
Shauna Goya

At first I was going to say this is my kind of restaurant (simple food!) but then your review gave me second thoughts. Let me know if I can join your group on the next non-fancy food review! Haha.

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

how is it that you are sitting as far as possible from the "sexy beast"? are you slipping?

townieUHfan
townieUHfan

The new Entertainment book should be coming soon, the semi-annual (King St.) Verbanos trek is looking better. Even though they aren't exactly gourmet Italian, not much looked good in this review.

Nanigurl
Nanigurl

I'd definitely order the meatballs with spaghetti again!

M
M

Hello Melissa,

It looks good enough the try and the prices or resonable.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

i liked that cheese honey pizza, it was salty, sweet and a little stinky, if a little soft in the crust. but having had various takes on jpnese-italian going back to the 80s, in jpn, i don't really get happy valley. i only had 3 dishes w/ u on ur 2nd visit, but that menu and ur pics do seem to point to a place more geared for non-adult tastes.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@townieUHfan It's kind of odd, there's definitely a market for it. Probably based on price! As long as you order the right thing....

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@M thanks M! Yeah, the prices are good, but gotta know what to order, I think. Hope this review helped to weed that out!

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