Cafe Sistina Italian Restaurant for Dining in Honolulu.

Cafe Sistina Italian Cuisine
in First Interstate Building
1314 King St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone: 808.596.0061

 

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Bio
Chef Sergio Mitrotti

Sergio Mitrotti has always exhibited an adventurous spirit, first as an avid sailor and scuba diver in the Mediterranean, then as a successful graphic artist in his native Italy, then as a proprietor of a high-end clothing store in Beverly Hills.

But for this Renaissance man, food has always been the most natural of all avenues for exploration. "In Italy, you eat well from the moment your born," he says. "When I was a teenager, I didn't think twice about making gourmet food for parties." The decision to cook professionally came in 1987, hand in hand with the desire to leave Los Angeles and its fast pace and move to Hawaii, which he saw as the perfect place to pursue his many passions. "I was ready to open a restaurant," he says. "I was an amateur cook, but a sophisticated eater. My background is really good eating, and there's no school to teach you that!" he says.

He traveled Italy with a passion to understand the traditional roots of Italian Cuisine. He learned the principles of his present art from fisherman in the Mediterranean Islands, housewives in the local Southern markets and from watching and helping his mother and grandmother in the family kitchen of his native northern city of Turin. His incorporation of these techniques elevates his cuisine to something more than that of just a commercial Italian restaurant but to a showcase of earthy authenticity and creativity.

This culinary Marco Polo has brought to Hawaii two successful restaurants. Cafe Cambio in 1987 and in 1991 Cafe Sistina, a trendy restaurant known for it's live late night jazz and linguine ala puttanesca. His popularity has given Hawaiian's a strong whiff of authentic Italian cooking, as in his spinach ravioli with gorgonzola or his gnocchi with lamb sausage. He continues to explore new worlds with his version of Spanish paella and Middle Eastern couscous. In the past several years Mitrotti's food has taken on more exotic overtones such as duck sausage with orange fettuccine and shrimp with a spicy mango sauce, chicken breast with African spices and many other local favorites.

In addition to being a fabulous chef this truly remarkable man is also a consummate artist. The walls of Cafe Sistina double as Mitrotti's canvas - he has painted replicas of parts of the Sistine Chapel on every possible restaurant surface - and he's still painting. "I cannot stop being a designer," he says. "I have to keep creating. It comes from within me!"

Hours:

Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30 am-2 pm
Dinner:
Sun-Thurs: 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Fri-Sat: 5:30 - 10:00 pm
Payment:
AmEx, MasterCard, VISA, Diner's Club and JCB
Full Bar:
Cocktails, imported and domestic beer.
Wine List:
Over 30 domestic and Italian  wines that complement the cuisine, including about 20 wines by the glass..
Private Dining & Catering:
Perfect for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The side room seats up to 20 guests. Groups up to 40 can be accommodated on one side of the dining room. Groups of 80 for a buyout.
Live Music:
After 10 pm on weekends. Schedule varies.
Parking:
Validated, in the Interstate Building
Take Out Available

     

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