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Casanova Italian Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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Focaccia with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
complimentary with purchase of a pasta or an entrée. it will be delivered upon request.
Melanzane Alla Parmigiana
layers of baked eggplant, mozzarella and parmesan cheese with our home-made tomato sauce and fresh basil.
Spinaci Saltati Al Burro E Parmigiano
fresh kula spinach, sautéed with garlic, pinenuts, butter and parmesan cheese.
Portobello E Polenta
a grilled portobello mushroom over polenta with gorgonzola sauce.
Fritto Di Carciofi
whole artichokes tempura style. horseradish dip.
Torre Di Bietole
layers of baked beets, sliced tomatoes, goat cheese and shaved fennel. balsamic accents.
Carpaccio Di Tonno*
fresh ahi, sliced thin, served raw with celery, onions, capers, arugula and parmesan shavings. lemon and extra virgin olive oil dressing.
Calamari Fritti
calamari deep fried and served with a caper and garlic mayo.
Vongole E Muscoli Cinqueterre*
clams and mussels, simmered in shellfish broth, white wine and garlic, served with crostini.
Gamberi E Fagioli Al Rosmarino
skewers of shrimp, broiled and served over italian cannellini beans with sweet kula onions and a fresh italian salsa.
organic kula greens, fresh tomato, cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives, roasted peppers and feta cheese.
Caprese Classica
Fresh mozzarella, kamuela tomato with basil, oregano, capers and extra virgin olive oil.
heart of romaine, parmesan shavings, croutons and anchovies (if you like them).
Kaesar Salad
Organic kale, shredded Brussels sprouts, roasted pine nuts, shaved pecorino cheese. Caesar dressing
fresh organic spinach, tangerines, goat cheese, mushrooms, hard boiled egg, served with caramelized walnuts. Tangerine and chili dressing.
Organic greens, organic tomatoes and cucumbers. Extra Virgin Olive Oil balsamic vinaigrette.
Panzanella Rustica
Grilled garlic bread tossed with organic tomatoes, red onions, asparagus, cucumbers, Greek olives, roasted peppers and Italian cannellini beans over arugula. EVOO and balsamic.
gluten free pasta available on request. please add $2.
Linguine Pescatore*
shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops and calamari in a zesty tomato sauce with capers, garlic and greek olives on a bed of black home made linguine.
Fettuccine Portofino
Fresh pasta tossed with roasted pine nuts and Romano cheese in a basil and garlic pesto sauce.
Linguine Alle Vongole Veraci*
home made pasta with fresh clams in a white wine, garlic and shellfish broth sauce.
Spaghetti Carbonara*
a classic: egg, cream, bacon, sweet kula onions and green peas.
Rigatoni Beverly Hills
tube shaped pasta with strips of chicken breast and broccoli, in a sundried tomato blush vodka sauce.
With Morsels of Chicken Breast $18.0
Paglia E Fieno Ai Funghi
home-made linguine with wild italian porcini mushrooms in a creamy garlic sauce.
Linguine Primavera
home made pasta tossed with a medley of fresh vegetables sauteed in tomato sauce with dry ricotta cheese.
Spaghettini Alla Checca
angel hair tossed with spinach and pine nuts, garlic and fresh roma tomatoes.
Fusilli Positano
corkscrew pasta with fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, capers, greek olives, basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
Gnocchi Strozzapreti
large ricotta and spinach dumplings, served with home made tomato sauce and a creamy gorgonzola sauce.
choice of preparation: brandy and green peppercorn sauce, grilled tomatoes and gorgonzola sauce, wild porcini mushrooms and dry marsala wine sauce, caramelized onions and balsamic reduction, crispy sage and truffle oil sauce.
Tonno Fresco*
a fillet of fresh ahi, seared and served with tomatoes, olives and capers over arugula or coated with creole spices, seared and topped with fresh mango.
Half a lobster tail, fresh island fish, shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams and mussels, simmered in a saffron broth with zucchini and potatoes.
Pollo Al Mattone
Free range chicken, marinated in citrus and grilled under a brick, Etruscan style. Served with a salad of fresh vegetables in a lemon dressing.
Anatra Al Mango
a roasted duck breast, served with a sweet 'n sour mango sauce.
Costolette D'agnello Scottadito*
lamb chops grilled and served with a roasted garlic and extra virgin olive oil emulsion. creamy fennel mustard sauce dip on the side.
Ossobuco Di Vitello*
casanova's signature dish: a veal shank slowly braised in a rich tomato sauce with red wine and fresh vegetables. lemon gremolata.
New York Steak
Rib Eye Steak
Fillet Mignon*
pizzas at casanova are wood fired in the authentic tradition of napoli, where pizza was born. we use keawe wood from haleakala ranch.
tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil.
tomato sauce, baked eggplant, smoked mozzarella and fresh tomato slices.
tomato sauce, mozzarella and goat cheese, roasted peppers, thyme and garlic.
pesto sauce, shrimp, fresh tomato slices and mozzarella.
fresh spinach, mozzarella, tomato slices, garlic and parmesan shavings.
tomato slices, mozzarella, mushrooms and truffle oil.
tomato sauce, smoked mozzarella, morsels of chicken in bbq sauce and onions.
tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, oregano, capers and anchovies.
tomato sauce, mozzarella, pineapple and ham.
Quattro Formaggi
tomato slices, mozzarella, gorgonzola, smoked mozzarella, parmesan and garlic.
Sponsored by: Casanova Italian Restaurant

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Bellissimo
1. Bellissimo
" Great food and the service was friendly and efficient."
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2. Neighborhood gem
2. Neighborhood gem
" A fun place, especially for visitors and people who enjoy dancing."
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3. The Best Italian Restaurant
3. The Best Italian Restaurant
"Our neighbors insist that this is the best Italian restaurant on Maui."
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Often rated Best Italian restaurant in the State of Hawaii, and consistently voted Best Italian in Maui, Casanova is a staple of the lifestyle of Upcountry Maui since 1986. From early morning breakfast thru lunch and dinner and to late night clubbing and dancing on selected nights of the week, Casanova is the ritual destination of Maui residents and of visitors on their way back from Haleakala Crater. The Casanova experience is much more than its awards winning sumptuous authentic Italian cuisine. It's meeting and mingling with Maui folks in the very spot where they like to dine, meet and mingle. A must do when in Upcountry Maui.
US$20 - US$50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Italian, Pizza, Deli
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard that this place had closed and went to Makawao with a sad heart. Imagine my delight when I found it open! Then, we walked onto the porch, where two Golden Retrievers lay lazily, holding their head up for an occasional peak at...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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GiovanniC4434, Owner at Casanova Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing such a sweet image of Casanova. We are still thriving, as you noticed, thirty years later. Even the golden retrievers are a dynasty: they are in fact the grand children of my own golden retrievers, which passed several years ago. Their...More

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Reviewed 13 December 2018

It may come as a surprise in a little upcountry town that you will find an excellent Italian restaurant. We have eaten here a few times and have had consistently good food and service. Their menu has a good variety of appetizers, pastas, pizza, and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

This is the second time we've had our work Christmas lunch here because we like it so much. The servers are kind and the food delicious. The fresh caught mahi mahi with the spinach and quinoa salad, the eggplant, and the pasta were all absolutely...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 8 December 2018

I'm not much of a pasta fan but we decided to eat here a second night since we had such a great experience the first night. The food was amazing, the chef makes his own pasta. The salads were also wonderful. Our service both nights...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Mary O
GiovanniC4434, Owner at Casanova Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Thank you for sharing your appreciation. We are looking forward to let you enjoy some other preparations of our long menu...

Reviewed 17 November 2018 via mobile

We ordered takeout on a Saturday. I guess the wrong thing to do. The service was terrible as if we were bothering them and they wanted us to leave. The food was really bad. Honestly the spaghetti tasted canned. Portion sizes were insulting. Will not...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 16 November 2018

We stopped here on an excursion of Maui, for which I'm pretty sure our bus driver/tour guide was compensated by the restaurant. It was a nice little place to stop and catch our breath and have a break from the bus. Nice table linens and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank trvlbear
Reviewed 10 November 2018

At lunchtime, there are two types of service available - the restaurant with table service and a more extensive menu and a counter service area with a dozen or so sandwiches, drinks, etc. Sandwich was good and service quick.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank GWR757
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this place for a quiet dinner. We had been to its deli lunch before. We sat on the raised dining area to the right rear which seemed a nicer atmosphere than the ground floor tables. Reservations accepted. We split the Caesar salad ($10)...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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GiovanniC4434, Owner at Casanova Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

Thank you for our kind words. We hope to see you soon back at Casanova.

Reviewed 2 November 2018

I was surprised to see some negative reviews for Casanova, but a Makawao local told us she loved the place so we went. I'm so glad we did! The Caesar salad was just right - the dressing was tasty but light. We ordered with anchovies,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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GiovanniC4434, Owner at Casanova Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your appreciation for your experience at Casanova in Makawao. Your kind words are our best reward.

Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

We were looking forward to eating here because of all of the good things we had heard and read but we were definitely left disappointed. Our filet mignon had good flavor but was tough. The service was extremely slow. We ordered pretty quickly as we...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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GiovanniC4434, Owner at Casanova Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed by your visit at Casanova. Your words will help us to take care of the issues you mentioned. Thanks for taking the time to let us know. We do not take our thirty years success for...More

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