Casanova Restaurant & Deli meets every edible need in Upcountry Maui with its Makawao-based Italian restaurant and deli. The day starts early at the deli with breakfast, which might be home-made croissants and omelets. Of course there are lattes and any other espresso drink. Casanova got its espresso machine in 1986, the first in Upcountry, which has never been the same. Breakfast merges into lunch with 15 kinds of sandwiches, including some hot off the panini grill, pizza by the slice or salads. You can eat in the deli, on the porch or have things packaged to go.
If you want table service, move to the adjacent restaurant for lunch. They lengthy menu runs to the Italian classics with a Maui twist. Onions come from Kula and the beef, excellent in the Kaupo salad, from Upcountry pastures. Laden with seafood, the linguine pescatore is famous. A night the pizza oven is fired up with kiawe wood and a large selection of pies keep popping out.
And for dessert? Tiramisu, of course. After that, it’s time to boogie the night away with Casanova’s late night entertainment.
Visitors flock to Casanova during the day. At night you’ll find more locals than island visitors, but many people wouldn’t leave Maui without a meal here.
Added to the Casanova restaurant family is Bistro Casanova in Kahului (33 Lono Ave.), open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Located where Manana Garage used to be, it’s a convenient stop to or from the airport.