WHERE WE GO FOR PIZZA IN HONOLULU
October 25, 2017
If there’s one thing many people can agree on, it’s that pizza can pretty much turn a bad day into a good one—a really tasty, satisfying, comforting, good one. Unfortunately, good pizza in Honolulu has not always been easy to find. In the last few years, however, a few island establishments have really stepped it up and put Honolulu on the map for delicious pies. Finally, this little slice of heaven has a variety of spots that are serving up slices of heaven—and we couldn’t be happier about it.
Below, our five of our favorite places for pizza in Honolulu.
This Kaimuki pizza parlor is a no frills place to feed a whole family, or just your really hungry friends. The extra large pies are often too big to fit in the box (we’re not complaining), and the individual slices are so huge it’s like you’re getting two for one. Boston sports paraphernalia litters the walls and the old-school TV is always playing a random show…but that’s precisely why we like to order “for here.”
J.J.’s is well-known for its ridiculously good East Coast-style pizza and beer selection. The downtown business crowd keeps the place busy for lunch, while night owls pack the place until way after the sun goes down. Carnivores especially love The Giacamo (sausage, pepperoni, salami and olives), and The Spinach and Garlic pie is strong enough to ward off vampires.
It’s no secret that we’re partial to the pies at Mahina & Sun’s, especially when they’re served alongside local brews. At happy hour, which is every Monday-Friday from 5:30-7:30pm, the Naked Pig pizza (fromage blanc, bacon and Maui onion) and two Maui Brewing beers are only $20. So we suggest you make a night out of it—belly up to the bar and enjoy the live nightly music on the lanai.
Kaka’ako is one of our favorite neighborhood’s for a night out thanks to the variety of local breweries and delicious dinner options like Moku Kitchen. The hand-tossed pizzas available at lunch and dinner feature three-day aged crust that’s cooked at 700 degrees and fresh local ingredients (think Hamakua mushrooms, Hau’ula Farm tomatoes and Big Island chèvre). The atmosphere has a big city-meets-laid back Hawaii vibe.
If playing pool, eating pizza and drinking craft beer at a bar down a discrete alley sounds like your kind of night, then head to Proof Public House. Here you’ll find unique specialty pizzas like the Fried Rice Pizza (char siu pork, bacon, Portuguese sausage, sweet peas and carrots topped with Chinatown kimchi and oyster sauce), the Bethel St. (mozzarella, two baked eggs, bacon, avocado and tomatoes), and the Mac and Cheese (topped with bacon and feta). The quality pub food, extensive beer list and outdoor seating make this one of our favorite hidden gems of Honolulu.