Casanova Italian Restaurant

4.3
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$30 and under
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Since 1986, Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli is at the heart of the Upcountry Maui lifestyle. From early breakfast thru lunch and dinner you may expect the best Italian food on the island (as voted by countless local magazines’ surveys). Fresh salads, pastas, seafood and pizzas from Maui's first wood burning oven are Casanova's signature dishes. Loyal patrons appreciate Casanova's very reasonable prices. In 2017 Open Table diners rated Casanova the Best Italian Restaurant in the State of Hawaii.
At the main crossroad of Historic Makawao town, Casanova is a must do experience after a visit to Haleakala National Park.
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L
Hawaii
55 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great salads and pizza.

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

un engaged hostess , slow / not particularly welcoming

server forgot my salad ... twice ... so I ended up leaving without

the red snapper & clams with linguini were both good

overall not a positive experience

PF
Los Angeles
269 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were concerned since Casanova's has changed ownership. Only the restaurant in Makawao, not the Bistro in Kahului. The original Italian chef is still there, the food is still top notch. The sauteed spinach in garlic olive oil with pine nuts and parm is a signature dish. The Vongole wa excellent, though floating in too much broth, better to order it dry with the broth on the side, otherwise it is a Vongole soup. Good flavors though. This night they had as a special a pork shank that was outstanding in flavor, tenderness and with very minimal fat. Highly recommended and with reservations. Hope they keep the same chef, we'll be back in March and will try at that time again.

M
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On the menu I would like to have a roasted veggie side dish option.

MR
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food from the bread with oil and vinaigrette to Caesars salad with their Croutons to fungus pasta to seared ahi to ribeye where all made to perfection ... an outstanding meal ... attentive service and fun Italian setting ... still great after all these years ...

JN
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

CC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food came little slow for the entrees. We were eating our appetizer calamari and there was 3 pieces remaining and the waitress took the plate away with out asking us if we still wanted the remaining pieces as we thought she might be putting this into a smaller plate and bring this back and she proceeded to put down the
Bread and olive oil and balsamic vinegar. To no avail, calamari was gone and never put back so we scratch our heads why she took it away without even asking . Otherwise it was good as we came to this restaurant previous years in the past .

MI
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is wonderful, great wine, wonderful service, bonus is affordable! Closest to being in Italy!!!! Mahalo!

SE
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant and favorite staff. Food exquisite every time we go which is often. We love it!

D
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I raved to our friends about how wonderful this place was and I ended the night apologizing for taking them there. Our server was very indifferent and almost acted like she didn’t want to be here-I wished she wasn’t too! The food was plated very nice but the veal two of us ordered had to be cut with a knife. Instead of telling us the specials, our server listed all the items not available- just as we were ready to order. There was no draft beer and what they did have in bottles wasn’t chilled, which meant an extra wait for drinks. All-in-all, a disappointment.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best raviolis and lasagna on maui

NL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Worth the ride from both East and West Maui. Makawao should be visited if you want to see country Hawaii

BM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pasta was over done. Flavor was great, but the over done pasta changes the texture and that wasn’t great. Service was good.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the menu selection. Very noisy but overall nice.

GF
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Upon arriving at Casanova Restaurant we were taken back by the appearance of the place. We had a 5pm reservation and the door opened at 5 pm. As we looked through the windows into the eating area, we seriously contemplated leaving. But, being a bit adventurous, we stayed and went into the restaurant. It is in dire need of some TLC.
We were seated at the back of the dining room along a lovely row of windows with tropical plants, fountain and lights - very pretty.
Our waitress in training, Ruth, was amazing. She was very attentive and accommodating.
The absolute best part of our experience was the food! It was truly amazing. The portions were perfect. The taste and presentation was superb. We had Caesar salad, scallops and the Black Linguine Pescatore.

DW
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Fun toen

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was not timed well, took a really long time for entrees, husband got his pasta dish, when mine came out it was all clumped together and dried out on top like it had been sitting under the warmer for a while...
usually don’t have a problem here, has been consistent in the past. Heard they just got new owners? Not sure why this time was sub par.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Had a reservation through open table at 730. Walked in 5 mins before and waited in the waiting area (cushioned chairs). There were 3 other groups who came later than us who were seated first. We told them we had a reservation and they told is they couldn’t find it. My husband told the host when he came to check on us that we haven’t been helped and their service was disappointing. We were ignored for 15 minutes and we had no idea what was going on. Someone checking on us would have been better than getting no service at all. Service needs a lot of work.

SG
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another great dinner at Casanova. Fresh warm focaccia bread to start of course! We had the dinner for two and split a panzanella salad for appetizer, pescatore pasta course which was perfect as usual, and the fish special main dish which was perfectly cooked opakapaka with a large amount of delicious pistachio crust. We love the affogato so had that for desert and had to take the tiramisu that comes with the dinner for two home for later we were so full.
Thank you Casanova!

NB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We don’t have many choices of restaurants in our area: therefore, I would recommend them. I have eaten at this restaurant multiple occasions, but unfortunately this past visit was unsatisfactory. The food and most important the service was of the poorest quality.

TM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service,food always consistent
Wine list is great
Casanova is a favorite for us

BP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and beverages! Good service and ambiance! The temperature in the restaurant was very cool and comfortable!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was inconsistent and much better a few nights before. Disappointing to order the same thing and not have it be nearly as good. Also it is so loud you can’t even have a pleasant conversation.

K
Charlotte
43 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food Great Restaurant Great Location

EN
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Generally, the food at Casanova is good, however the Lasagna was terrible, it was unrecognizable as Lasagna. Stouffer's frozen Lasagna in the freezer section is 10x more Lasagna than Casanova's. The problem with it was not taste, but was it was as a whole. It was MAYBE 2 noodles thick (maybe 3/4 of an inch thick at most), no Ricotta cheese, basically, no substance. If you look at images of Lasagna on Yahoo, there is no where you would ever see a picture of Casanova's lasagna. Very disappointing from an Italian Restaurant.

RR
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve dined there over 20 times plus. That should say something.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed everything except for the dessert. We ordered the dinner for two special and the dessert included is the tiramisu. I get very sick when I have anything with coffee or coffee flavoring in it, so I asked if we could possibly substitute the tiramisu for another dessert on the menu of equal or lesser value and explained why. Unfortunately, no substitutions are permitted, so we were given the tiramisu which neither of us could eat and that was a bummer. It also defeated the purpose of us ordering the dinner for two special in the first place. If we’d been informed just after asking for a substitution that it wouldn’t be possible, we wouldn’t have ordered the special. We weren’t told that the substitution wouldn’t be possible until they brought out the tiramisu and then they chose to inform us of that policy.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been coming to Maui since 1985 & finally tried Casanova - what a find!

DM
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at Casanova’s. It was a very busy time but the service was quick and helpful. The food was just wonderful. The noise level was a little high which made it difficult to talk between our party. Overall awesome place to eat and have cocktails

M
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Casanova Italian Restaurant is always my go-to first choice for Italian Cuisine on Maui. I love the salads, traditional pasta, and pizza choices. The service staff always seems happy to see me, and is very attentive to our dining needs.

SE
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live Casanova’s! Great service, great food and close by.

CC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love Casanovas, they do not disappoint.

BH
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone loved what they ordered. The staff was great.

KS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I wrote ahead on Open Table to let Casanova’s know that we were celebrating my husband’s 71st birthday. When we went in the manager told him Happy Birthday so I knew they knew it was his birthday. But when we were finished with our dinner, the waitress asked if we wanted dessert. We all said “no” but we waited for his free birthday dessert which never came (he’s always revived it w/o asking in previous years and, in fact, at our 30th anniversary celebration at Mama’s, we didn’t have to request a celebration dessert - it was delivered w/a candle and a congratulations wish!! We were very disappointed that there was no dessert and when I asked the waitress, she said it was because we said we didn’t want one!! We shouldn’t have had to ask - that’s why I told them ahead of time! It was supposed to be a surprise!!!! If I’d have said, “yes”, there wouldn’t have been a surprise! VERY DISAPPOINTING, Casanovas’!!!!

KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was outstanding. Well worth the drive from anywhere on Maui!

MW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our whole experience was wonderful. The wait staff was very knowledgeable. We sat back by the garden which was very relaxing and pleasant to look at throughout dinner. My lamb dish was delicious; I had the wrapped asparagus for an appetizer - yummy! My husband had rib eye steak which was very tender and juicy. It was his birthday and I wanted to treat him to something special...and it was! Thank you so much to everyone who worked that evening.

JD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casanova has been our go-to place for decades. It never disappoints. I particularly like the taco dishes and the early bird libation special is so appreciated.

M
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

My mom used to work here when I was a kid and I came back to see what’s changed. It’s SOOO amazing still! I love it and everyone that works here

SD
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!!!

SP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful place with great food! I had their homemade ravioli. It was made with fresh herbs from the garden located close to the restaurant. Truly the best ravioli I've ever had.