Pocket-sized Giannotto’s on Wailuku’s Main Street serves New York style pizza with a really crispy, paper-thin crust that crunches under your teeth — and that salty cheese we haven’t had since we left the Tri-State Area. Back home it would be average, and on Maui, it’s nostalgic, but still average. The sandwiches, or subs, are similarly nostalgic — stuffed with fillings and a little greasy. Even so, the Philly cheese steak and chicken Parmesan editions are both pretty tasty, and for Maui, a steal at $6.95. The tiramisu is silky and rich.
Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen albums line the walls beside faded high school sports teams pictures and baby photos. The owner’s New Jersey roots are evident in his gravelly voice and business-like attitude, but he’s been here long enough to have been softened by Aloha.
The few seats inside the pizza joint are supplemented by picnic tables outside, and this is a good place to take the kids for a quick meal that no one will complain about on the way to the Iao Valley.
Address: 2050 Main St., Wailuku, Central Maui
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Hours: M-Sa 11am-9pm; Su 11am-8pm