Hawaii’s Kitchen: Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Hawaii’s Kitchen: Romano’s Macaroni Grill


♪ ALOHA AND WELCOME BACK TO “LIVING 808.” IN THEIR MONOGRAMMED KITCHEN. I’M SO EXCITED. ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL IS IN THE HOUSE. WE’RE SO EXCITED FOR THE DISHES THEY’RE GOING TO PREPARE. FIRST, I WANT TO INTRODUCE GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING.. HE’S GOING TO BE COOKING SOME DISHES. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. THANKS FOR HAVING US. Reporter: VERY THRILLED TO HAVE YOU. I’M ITALIAN. I LOVE ITALIAN FOOD, AND YOU’RE ONE OF MY FAVORITES. LET’S TALK ABOUT MACARONI GRILL. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN HAWAI’I AND WHERE ARE YOU LOCATIONS? WE HAVE BEEN IN HAWAI’I ABOUT TEN YEARS. WE’VE GOT ONE LOCATION IN ALA MOANA SHOPPING CENTER. OUR SECOND LOCATIONS IS THE BIG ISLAND, AT THE QUEENS MARKET PLACE. Reporter: YOU HAVE SO MANY LOYAL CUSTOMERS. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? I BELIEVE IT’S BECAUSE YOU WALK IN OUR DOORS AND YOU’RE PART OF OUR FAMILY. WE MIGHT BE TRANCE — TRANSPORTING YOU TO ITALY. YOU’RE PART OF OUR OHANA. Reporter: CHEF, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? WHAT DRAWS PEOPLE TO THE FOOD? WE TREAT YOU LIKE FAMILY. WE PUT ALL THAT CARE INTO OUR FOOD. SO EXACTLY HOW WE WOULD LIKE THE FOOD IS HOW WE GIVE TO THE GUEST. Reporter: I LOVE THAT. SPEAKING OF THE MENU, WHAT ARE SOME TOP PICKS? WHAT ARE LOCAL FAVORITES THAT EVERYONE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF? THERE’S SO MANY. ALL OUR APPETIZERS ARE POPULAR. WE’LL BE MAKING ONE OF THE ENTRIES THAT’S POPULAR. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE OUR TONI TOE — TOMATO BRUSCHETTA. Reporter: WHERE DO WE START? WE HAVE OUR LOCAL ROMA TOMATOES. WE HAVE OUR FRESH BASIL, GARLIC, SEA SALT, BACK PEPPER AND FRESH AMERICAN PARMESAN. THE FLAVORS ARE VERY FRESH. BASICALLY, WE MAKE IT TO ORDER. WE PUT A A LOT OF CARE AND LOVE. RIGHT NOW I HAVE OUR ROMA TOMATOS. WE ALSO HAVE OUR FRESH BASIL CHIFFONADA. WE– CHIFFONADE. AND WE HAVE THE POMODORO. A RED SAUCE WITH BASIL. THAT’S OUR LITTLE — DON’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT OUR LITTLE TRICK. Reporter: GETTING THE INSIDE SCOOP. I LOVE IT. AND WE HAVE OUR FRESH PEPPER. Reporter: JUST A NICE PINCH AND OUR SEA SALT. Reporter: BEAUTIFUL. AND WE’RE GOING TO FINISH IT OFF WITH OUR EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. REAL NICE AND CLEAN. Reporter: HOW ITALIAN IS THIS? TOMATO, BASIL, GARLIC. AND TOP IT OFF WITH GORGEOUS OLIVE OIL. I HAVOUS HAVE OUR HOUSE BREAD. WITH ROSEMARIY OIL. A LITTLE TRICK OF THE TRADE. WE’LL PICK — Reporter: VERY NICE AND BEAUTIFULLY PLATED. I’M GOING TO FINISH THIS OFF WITH AMERICAN PARMESAN. REMAIN Reporter: MM. VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. Reporter: BEAUTIFUL. CAN I DIG IT? GO AHEAD. Reporter: HEATHER, CAN YOU TELL US WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING IN THE NEXT SEGMENT? WE’RE GOING TO WATCH CHEF NAWAI PUT TOGETHER OUR PASTA DI MARE. Reporter: MM. VERY NICE.

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