(HawaiiNewsNow) - Cheesefest pays tribute to the all important role that cheese plays in Italian cuisine. To celebrate, Auntie Pasto's is cooking up a special menu.
Auntie Pasto's Restaurant in Beretania and Kunia will once again bring back their diner favorite Cheesefest menu from May 4-31.
For the fifth consecutive year, Cheesefest celebrates the prevalent role that cheese plays in Italian and Italian/American cooking. Throughout the month-long special, Auntie Pasto's will feature the versatility and uniqueness of cheese with mouthwatering dishes.
"Cheese is a major ingredient in Italian cooking, so much so that we have started making our own cheese at Auntie Pasto's," said Ed Wary, owner of Auntie Pasto's. "Through Cheesefest, we introduce our customers to the role that cheese plays in Italian dishes. Some of our past Cheesefest dishes were so popular, that they have been added to our regular menu."
While both Auntie Pasto's Beretania and Kunia will offer special cheese-inspired items for lunch and dinner, the Cheesefest menu varies slightly between the two locations.
A sample of items on the Cheesfest menu at Auntie Pasto's Beretania include:
Starter – Baked Goat Cheese with a Tomato and Sweet Pepper Gratin for $8.50
Lunch – Grilled Cheese Caprese with Choice of Soup or Salad for $7.95
Everyday Dinner Entrée – Fresh Fettuccine Noodles tossed in a Creamy Gorgonzola and Mascarpone Cheese Sauce, with Peas and Artichoke Hearts for $14
A sample of items on the Cheesefest menu at Auntie Pasto's Kunia include:
Starter – Salumi (Imported Cold Cuts and Cheese Plate with Mostardo) for $9.95
Lunch – Chicken, Spinach and Boursin Cheese Wheat Wrap with House-Made Chips for $9
Everyday Dinner Entrée – Mahi Mahi Ricotta Salata for $17
In addition to everyday lunch and dinner starters and entrees, each day of the week will also feature a special dinner item. Daily special dinner entrees vary at each location but specials offered at both Auntie Pasto's Beretania and Kunia are:
Tuesday – Three Cheese Stuffed Shells Broccoliana for $15
Wednesday – Special House-Made Cavatelli (Ricotta Cheese Dumplings) for $14
Friday – Nana's Homemade Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp over Three Cheese Risotto for $19
Sunday – Italian Flag Chicken (Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breast with Oven-Roasted Tomato served with Angel Hair Pesto) for $18
For more information, please visit www.auntiepastos.com. To make reservations, call Auntie Pasto's at 523-8855 (Beretania) or 680-0005 (Kunia).
Ed Wary opened the first Auntie Pasto's on Beretania Street 27 years ago and has since become one of the most popular Italian restaurants on the island. The Italian eatery offers great homemade food at affordable rates in a friendly, neighborhood environment and recently launched a catering division offering all the home-cooked goodness available for events across Oahu. Auntie Pasto's is a locally owned and operated restaurant with two convenient locations. 1099 S. Beretania Street, across the street from Safeway, is open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 4 to 10 p.m. Meanwhile the Kunia Shopping Center location at 94-673 Kupuohi St. just before Wal-Mart is open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit www.auntiepastos.com for more information.
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