i used to eat in little italy in manhattan, and find quite a number of restaurants here to my liking. then again, i find olive garden to be ok for what it is - most bang for your buck and not bad, esp. considering the sheer number of choices.
i'm not too fond of assagio kahala, but have had good food in kailua.
i really like verbano kaimuki. the king st was fine, i don't remember the particulars, but i really didn't like the pearlridge location, it was more like an express type restaurant, maybe it was just that one time; i can't see how the family could let one location be so drastically different and worse.
my sister took me to cafe sistina a long time ago (we're talking years) and i enjoyed myself. hopefully they have the same quality as before.
ate at matteos way back when and i was unimpressed, esp. for fine dining.
i found the restaurant at the hilton complex to be... bad.
haven't tried arancino.
haven't tried bravo, but heard negative talk.
i'm sure i'm missing a lot of other places.
there was a resto on waialae maybe ten years ago, right near the old verbano location, where i had, i think, a gorgonzola-laced salad, perhaps with pear, which made me rethink (definitely in a positive way) mold type cheese. i had some kind of ravioli too. i don't think it was c&c pasta, which was there too, but another place. i'm also recalling a dish with duck. not a traditional italian menu at all.
this one last one was around about 8 or 9 years downtown, under detox bar (old players on alakea). i forget what it was called, was the chef's name, but his food was so damn good. that was where i first tried puttanesca. he didn't last over about a year, but it was great.