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World Pasta Day at Prima

Scenes from the night Nonstop and pasta fiends became one with the noodle


Posted October 28, 2012 by Mari Taketa

6 p.m. last Thursday, Prima in Kailua. Thirteen fellow pasta fiends and I have converged on one of the island’s best restaurants for our specially created, this-time-only World Pasta Day celebration dinner. Course after course of carby goodness — that’s what we want. Surprise us! I’ve tweeted Prima. Wacky, traditional, anything!

But this? Seriously, the menu? I’m laughing.

When did you actually come up with the dishes? I ask Aker Briceno, one of the main guys.

Today, he shrugs.

His partner, Lindsey Ozawa, also shrugs. Three o’clock, he says.

OK. I chose Prima for our Pasta Day feast because the curry bolognese pappardelle reigns as the best pasta dish I’ve had on the island: silky, translucent fresh handmade noodles, a slow-cooked ragu that’s tinged with curry, and those deep-fried curry leaves that, when the dish is held up, catch the light like stained glass.

I have nothing to say. I trust Prima. We pour more wine, break out the chilled sake. Bring it, Prima. Bring on the carbs.

One with the noodle (1 of 17)

One with the noodle

Thursday night, full house at Prima. Only our table of 14 gets this specially created pasta-fest. Many of us have carb-starved in anticipation (translation: We're ravenous).

Prima
108 Hekili St.
808-888-8933

http://www.primahawaii.com/

Comments


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  1. Melissa808
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    My favorite was the amatriciana. Who knew it would be so rich and fabulous? Oh, that’s how I like my men, too.

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    @Melissa808 rich and fabulous … does that exist??

  3. chant808
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    OMG, mine is definitely the ravioli. And the gnocchi, paired with dry sake!  If we’re talking pasta and men, make mine eclectic, a mix of complexity and heartiness with a little bit of the unexpected at every bite … the kind you can’t get out of your head :-P

  4. chant808
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    @nonstopmari  @Melissa808 I’ve met a few gay men that meet that description, Mel…

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    @chant808 that’s the ravioli! that’s it exactly!! so unexpected … that was actually the first ravioli i liked!

  6. Melissa808
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    @chant808  @nonstopmari I also like my men straight!!

  7. MyongChoi
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Me sad me no go this pasta dinner. =(

  8. melody1
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 8:00 am

    @chant808   well said!  i must have to agree with both the choice in pasta and men!

  9. melody1
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

    @nonstopmari  Grazie!  again for organizing this fab  dinner ! dinner was so good, company even better :)

  10. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

    EO and Straight Woman:  Ok, guud stuff.  Fuud luuks Fabuulous!  Where did nuudles originate?

  11. nonstopmari
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

    @MyongChoi i know, one time only and all … ;( otoh, maybe u can organize ur own?

  12. nonstopmari
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

    @melody1 totally agree! thnx for coming out ;D

  13. nonstopmari
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

    @Annoddah_Dave AD, didn’t i mean to go personally investigate the origins of noodles, italy or china? i can’t remember

  14. MyongChoi
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

    @nonstopmariOrganize? Sound like too much work. Me like just show up and eat. ^_^

  15. Melissa808
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    @nonstopmari  @Annoddah_Dave helleerrrrrrrr China

  16. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    @nonstopmari Straight Woman is correct!  Introduced to Europe by the Arabs!  Italians are a Johnny Come Lately.

  17. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    @MyongChoi  @nonstopmari Let me know and I will show up too!

  18. Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I ate and ate and ate. Then kept eating. LOVED Prima. Fantastic addition to the Kailua dining scene. Thanks again Mari!

  19. nonstopmari
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave i may have something, willkeep u posted

  20. nonstopmari
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    @strobie I know, that was def a nite to hana hou! Tnx again for sharing ur valpolicella

  21. Soos2005
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Lovely pasta, especially the kabocha ravioli, but I was most enthralled by the amuse bouche of hearts of palm & konbu “ribbons”, and the fabulous but light dessert – that caramel “pasta”! Great to meet chant808  strobie & others! Mahalo, nonstopmari

  22. nonstopmari
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 3:06 am

    @Soos2005 what are u doing up at this hour??! I totally agree w all u said, wd order all those in a heartbeat … If they were on the menu. I found the caramel ‘udon’ dish as comforting as it was fun @chant808 @strobie

  23. konaish
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I came in to this dinner with the Pappardelle as my favorite, but honestly I adored each and every dish. I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite. I wish the gnocchi and ravioli were on the menu *hint*hint* and I loved that Aker kept the beautifully creative dessert light. As @strobie said, “food coma” aptly described our group when all was said & done. Loved it!

  24. nonstopmari
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    @konaish thnx for coming, and for commenting in the middle of the nite before ur flight to sapporo today. looking fwd to all ur food, sake and adventure posts w/ @Melissa808 !! @strobie

  25. Soos2005
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Dang, it’s what happens when you fall asleep at 7:30 pm! nonstopmari

  26. lihinggirl
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    *drool* Thanks for sharing the awesome pictures and stories from your World Pasta Day feast! I love noodles/pasta too!

  27. nonstopmari
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    @lihinggirl next time u come too!

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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