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Sfont2351
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a welcome surprise. We sat outside on a beautiful night and everything smelled wonderful. The server was very sweet and offered us a complimentary glass of Prosecco when we arrived. We shared a salad and a pizza and someone else had the seafood pasta dish and loved it. The bread they served is homemade daily. The whole meal was delicious and we discovered by accident as it was next door to The Seafood Bar and Grill, which was also very good. The wine is quite expensive as it is all over the island! Will go back on our next visit.

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vipBillC
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, sat outside, very quiet and private. Great experience overall!

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foodiegal
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had fresh made fettuccine. Good. Bit expensive. Too bad view obstructed, but food quality is worth the drive. Good value for this area. Would recommend for good food if ambience is not more important than taste. They have flavor and good service.

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vipDenise
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Italian Cuisine. we've lived in NYC, and have traveled to Italy several times so we "know " good Italian! we were thrilled that Matt, one of the Chef's stopped by our table to tell us about the specials. Nice touch! The Gnocci and the pizza ( best I've had since my last trip to Naples) were fabulous!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow!!! All of their ingredients are imported from Italy and it shows. Everything that we tried was sublime.
Authentic Naples style focaccia and and pizza to the best gnocchi you will ever have, the experience only gets better from there. The wonderful ingredients in the hands of the Italian owner/chef made every dish an authentic delight. A large and diverse menu only adds to the magic of the offerings here. From the first bite, I knew we were in for a special experience and I was right.
Experience Italy in Hawaii at Al Vicolo.

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vipHontogaki
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Transparently I had reservations about dining w/ friends from Waimea who had heard mixed reviews about Al Vicolo, so we took a chance since listed on Open Table.

The service by Ben was outstanding!!! Starting w/ the cheese & salami appetizer which truly rocked the palate. Our entrees included black pepper pasta w/ Parmesan....sounds simple...complex flavors; the veal Parmesan was done perfectly in a lemon glaze, the calzone w/ side of steamed veggies also outstanding!!!! Lastly the berry panacotta & teramisu topped off a wonderful dinner w/ great friends. Chef David prepared & presented an outstanding experience. So leave the resorts and drive a few miles to Kawaihae for a wonderful dining adventure!!!

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DavidP
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly service.
Awesome thin crust pizza- white anchovies on the Napoli pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Italian food and travel to Italy frequently. This is authentic!! Excellent pasta and everything was very fresh! I’ll definitely be back in next visit to the Big Island. This place is a gem and so much better (and better value!) than the restaurants st the resorts....

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vipVanessa
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The pizzas are the only saving grace for this restaurant. Homemade pasta is not cooked properly. I like Al dente, but this was somehow sticking together and yet hard is a rock.. our server tried but too few servers for the crowd. As a matter of fact we walked in and one of the servers said don’t give them to me. Not a great way to be greeted .

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vipLH2020
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with a large menu. Caprese dish was shared with several diners. The pasta was cooked perfectly and everyone enjoyed their various sauces. Even the bread was great! It is a little pricey but the food is worth the cost.

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vipLindsayM
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On the highway to Hawi, it’s a great stop for lunch or dinner. REAL Italian. Nice menu with a good selection. Great pizza reminiscent of Naples. A little on the expensive side but I would go back again.

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vipJudithG
Hawaii
69 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went their for lunch. It’s pretty new so we were the only ones there. The food was amazing but a tad pricey for lunch. I highly recommend this restaurant. We had fresh hot bread with olive oil & fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Delish. A house salad with fresh mozzarella and shaved Parmesan & tomatoes. For our entree we had spaghetti Ala Carbonara. So tasty. We will be back. I would recommend the prices to be reduced for at least lunch.

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donuts
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The gnocchi with a 4 cheese sauce was very good. Lived the outdoor seating on the patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic Italian, worth the short drive. Kids loved the hand tossed traditionally made pizza. Service very friendly and attentive. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

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enya
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. They are struggling with shortage of employees, so people should be patience. Once they find the right employees, they will be a huge success. We will be back for sure! Even if we have to wait for service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! First time diner.

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vipBruceN
Hawaii
76 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We made a reservation via Open Table, but the hostess did not acknowledge and did not have a table inside. So we sat outside and waited for service. Server was overwhelmed that night, as they were understaffed. Nevertheless she did a good job.

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gdub
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was not busy. Waited 1 hour for a house salad and nearly two for two dishes, one of which was wrong. Seafood dish ($28) consisted of a few mussels, clams and a couple of cut up shrimp. Pasta was mediocre at best. Maybe just an off night but probably the worst, and certainly the longest, dining experience my wife and I have ever had. ~$80 meal discounted down to $20. Hopefully they get it together as it’s a good location.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Authentic Italian restaurant. Everything taste so good ! Delizioso !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Fabulously delicious food! Homemade pasta and pizza with the perfect crust. Will be back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a nice addition to the Kohala Coast for dining! Authentic Italian food with both simple and complex applications. The pizzas had a delicious thin and crisp crust and the house made pasta was cooked to perfection. The complimentary glass of prosecco was a nice and welcomed touch. I would highly recommend trying this new spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful. We flew in on New Years Eve and needed a table for 10. Not only did Al VIcolo accommodated us, they made it a very fun night. Food is good, service even better. It is a bit off the beaten path, but worth the trip!

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vipKristin
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

New Years Eve is probably not the best time to review a restaurant because things understandably get crazy. I made a 6:30pm reservation, but got a call that afternoon saying they couldn’t take us until 7:45pm. Then when we arrived, we were treated as though we didn’t even have a reservation. The staff was very nice, however, and our waiter worked hard. They seemed to sell out of many items after we had already ordered them, but it’s New Years Eve, so I understood. Overall a pleasant meal.

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vipMannyP
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic Italian food on the Big Island is rare and this restaurant could stand up to a New York neighborhood fine spot. They have a Italiannpizza oven from the old country. It’s only been open for 7-8 months but the menu includes excellent pasta choices veal,homemade lasagna and bread.

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vipBobB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and very nice ambience with outdoor dining options. Service was friendly, low key and quick.

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kenwoody
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They turned us away and said that their open table reservations were all screwed up, even though the restaurant was empty. Wouldn’t even let us eat in the bar. Totally unprofessional. The bartender said she was also the cashier and server and hostess, there were only three people working and they couldn’t serve us. Horrible experience

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GBopentable
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They turned us away and said they don’t accept reservations through open table

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vipPJ007
Minneapolis
49 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We thought this place was very good and very authentic. The service was not good at all. Crazy slow, inattentive and irritating.

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triathlete
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great experience, we went back and while this could be a dangerous move, as often a special dinner can’t be recaptured, we again enjoyed different dishes upon our return to Al Vicolo. Pizza, Steak teglate, fettuccine, all we’re outstanding as was the Tiramisu. Curtis made the night a great one again!

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triathlete
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian in a cozy setting-what an amazing find in Hawaii! Curtis was warm and welcoming, making us feel like we were old friends, he helped us with the menu and service was prompt, food outrageously good. Priced to provide excellent value. We’re only in Hawaii 3 more days but hope to go back-it’s that good!!

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vipSweetsu
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I should really rate everything at zero as we walked out. The service was dire. They seemed short staffed and we were prepared to wait had we got a drink and some bread to pass the time. After 50 minutes we gave up and left. Shame as the menu sounds nice and we looked forward to trying a new restaurant on our annual trip to the big island. As we left another diner commented “good decision “, and their party had eaten. Sums it all up. I doubt this place will be here next year.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceptional service, very good food and cozy environment. Would highly recommend for a special occasion and/or or or if you'received craving authentic Italian food :)

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have had on the big island over the last 15 year s. Very authentic. Great service from Erika.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food!

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vipBreakfast
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kavini n staff were so friendly and attentive and food was awesome! Will definitely eat here again next time we're driving by!

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localresident
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was fantastic, but small portion sizes, and the service was terrible. Wait staff needs to be properly trained, especially for the prices we are paying for the food. Seems that they are catering to visitors- would be nice if they would offer a Kama'aina rate for locals.

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vipJimFeltman
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There are precious few authentic Italian Restaurants on the Big Island, and we are so glad Al Vicolo is a short drive to our home. We had dinner there 4 nights ago and are going back tonight. I had the Scoglio which was delicious, but my wife had the calzone. We are bringing a party of 6 back here tonight and I think we are ALL ordering calzone. It is SO GOOD! We lived in NJ for 7 years so we know what good Italian food is, and it has now arrived in the Big Island. Decent wine list, salads are expensive but plentiful. You won’t be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had been looking forward to trying Al Vicolo and we were so disappointed in our experience there. The food was mediocre at best and very overpriced. The service was awful and my husband even got sick afterwards likely due to the fact that his spaghetti carbonara was drowning in oil. This place has lots of potential and I hope that they can get it together. I'm hoping for them that we just experienced an "off" night, but we will likely not be coming back.

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vipCliffhouse
Palm Springs
82 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We were hoping for a nice Italian dinner but the menu was extremely limited. Half the menu consisted of pizza and the pizza chef was on vacation making it even more limited. They charged for bread which was not a great start and the salads were very expensive, $20 plus dollars per salad. The pasta we chose was cooked very well and tasty and I guess not expensive on Hawaiian pricing but the portion was small.

I would suggest if you want a pizza, this may be the place, if you are looking for a nice Italian dinner, you must keep searching.

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Al Vicolo is rated 4 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.