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Calling noodle fiends: Let’s celebrate World Pasta Day!

Nonstop’s latest open-invite dinner is a sumptuous carbfest at Prima


Posted October 14, 2012 by Mari Taketa

Oct. 25 is World Pasta Day, people!

Most of the world won’t care, but if you’re a pasta fiend like me, you already know. World Pasta Day is marked on my calendar in red. It began dominating my thoughts last week, consequently a delicious week, at least in my head, starting with a quick assessment of the best pasta I’ve had in Honolulu.

Easy. The curry bolognese pappardelle at Prima. I immediately DM’d Prima’s Aker Briceno on Twitter, told him Oct. 25 would be momentous and laid out my wish list.

“i know there are pasta fiends in hnl like me, and we’d like to celebrate w/ a simple pasta dinner, course after course of superb carby dishes, an app or two, dessert,” I tweeted. “wacky, traditional, anything. wd u be interested?”

He was! They’re “excited,” he tweeted! So am I! So much so that when Briceno asked for a few days to come up with a menu, “no need!” I tweeted. “surprise us!”

So here’s my latest open invite to Nonstop readers. This one’s limited to 10 to 12 diners, all deets below:

WHAT: World Pasta Day celebration dinner at Prima
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Prima Kailua, 108 Hekili St. between Foodland and Baskin-Robbins
COST: $40 pp not including drinks, tax and tip
BYOB: Shhh! Prima has a bar but they’re offering BYOB for our special dinner

Are you in? Reply in the comments!

P.S. I should mention that the last time I was at Prima — which has one of the most artful, intelligently executed menus on the island (see this recent study of bitter, sweet and restraint, a dessert of pistachio gelato in a sea of sour cherry with grapefruit, semolina crisps and black sesame) — the soup of the day was Cheez-It. Their best-selling gelato, made by Briceno, is Cap’n Crunch. So when I asked for “wacky, traditional, anything” — well, just be prepared.

Comments


  1. konaish
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Could I join you? It’s been too long since my last Prima fix.

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 6:21 am

    @konaish Of course! See u next thurs ;D

  3. MaliaYoshioka
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I want to join you! I still haven’t been to Prima. =)

  4. Posted October 15, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Would love to come!

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

    @strobie woohoo!! next thurs, byob!

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

    @MaliaYoshioka this will be an amazeballs intro ;) see u next week!!

  7. MyongChoi
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    @nonstopmari  @MaliaYoshioka Haha, I can’t believe Mari used the word “amazeballs”

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    @MyongChoi me neither, actually ;) @MaliaYoshioka

  9. Melissa808
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I can go now, if you have room, but if no more room, let me know!

  10. nonstopmari
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    @Melissa808 of course! did i mention byob? ;)

  11. melody1
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

    i want to go to this!!

  12. nonstopmari
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

    @melody1 hi melody! pinning down final count today. are u 1 or 2?

  13. melody1
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

    @nonstopmari  @melody1   1 for  sure  and a tentative 1 more..waiting to hear back… but  if it cant wait, then 1 ..

  14. nonstopmari
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    @melody1 great! pls lmk as soon as u find out so i can let prima know how many ppl to prepare for :)

  15. nonstopmari
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    ok ppl, we are overbooked! prima’s agreed to expand the count but we have to keep our max at 15.
     
    btw, i saw chef kevin lee last nite and the menu is AWW-SUMM! (sorry, i hum that word every time i think abt it.) my curry pappardelle will be there, plus the amatriciana, plus 3 new pasta dishes, plus dessert(s)!!
     
    so confirming now w/ @strobie @Melissa808 @melody1 @konaish @MaliaYoshioka dseohonolulu Soos808 k_i_m_i_ MariaKanai riemiyoshi : NEXT THURS OCT 25! pls lmk if u CANNOT make it, otherwise see u there!
     
    p.s. those above and their +1s = 13 total. the missing 2 confirmed verbally and aren’t on livefyre or twitter.

  16. kimyamashiro
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    @nonstopmari  @strobie  @Melissa808  @melody1  @konaish  @MaliaYoshioka  dseohonolulu  Soos808  k_i_m_i_  MariaKanai  riemiyoshi I hope you still have room!

  17. kimyamashiro
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I will be there! :)

  18. nonstopmari
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    @kimyamashiro :D

  19. MariaKanai
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I wish I could…thanks so much for the invite.

  20. Melissa808
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:37 am

    @nonstopmari   *cough cough* I’m sorry, I think you meant it was MY curry pappardelle?!

  21. nonstopmari
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

    @MariaKanai Next time!

  22. melody1
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    @nonstopmari  confirming my plus 1 :)

  23. nonstopmari
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    @melody1 Yaaay see u guys thurs!!

  24. Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Ready for pasta! @NonStopMari @konaish @maliayoshioka @Melissa808 @Melody1 @dseohonolulu @Soos808 @k_i_m_i_

  25. nonstopmari
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    @strobie Pastapastapastapastapasta!!!

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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