Aroma D’Italia is a good choice for an affordable Italian meal. Located in the Foodland shopping center in Kihei, they have a corner location and a nice outside seating area that they’ve screened in and lit with fairy lights. Inside the restaurant is also a comfortable choice, although some find the lacey curtains, plump-Italian-chef salt and pepper shakers, travel posters, and the Eh, Paisano! -style music a little too much.
We feel that this is a familyowned restaurant with homemade food, and if it is dressed a little like your Italian-American grandma, that’s OK. Grandma makes good pasta. Actually, Chef Konrad Winder makes good pasta. He also makes decent marinara sauce, fine meatballs, delicious (but very cheesy) lasagna, passable sausages, and many other Sicilian classics. His daily dishes are particularly worth looking into. The fresh fish is usually perfectly and tastefully prepared, and the lamb and beef specials are similarly tasty.
We like the Italian sodas; perfectly flavored, bouncy on the tongue and creamy going down. Italian and American beers are also available, and there is a limited wine list. The homemade tiramisu is very nice. Service is consistent; many of the servers have been working here for a while, which is the sign of a good gig on Maui. This is a clean, affordable restaurant serving admirable, consistent family-style food, and our go-to restaurant when we’re craving pasta in South Maui.
Address: 1881 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, South Maui
Location: Kihei Town Center, Foodland’s shopping center
Hours: Daily 5pm-9pm