With a dramatically expanded menu now featuring 25 new items and 20 new bottles of wine less than $30 each, there are more reasons for diners to seek out Porto than ever before.
Situated in Maalaea Harbor Shops, Porto offers an indoor airconditioned dining room and patio seats with peekaboo ocean views and keiki play area.
"We're getting rave reviews about all of our new menu items, especially our Grape N Gorg pizza with sweet red grapes, mozzarella, provolone and gorgonzola cheeses, Italian sausage and fresh rosemary," says Porto Chef Joe Birrer.
Chef Joe Birrer hand tosses semolina flour dough, then flame grills pies in the copper and stone oven.
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"Another new and popular pie is our San Piero with fig jam, prosciutto, mozzarella, asiago, gorgonzola and parmesan cheeses and balsamic reduction."
The new pizzas have joined menu favorites such as Ananas E Maiale Hawaiian pizza with kalua pork and Maui pineapple; and garlic lemon-braised chicken and pesto pizza with Surfing Goat Dairy chevre, housemade pesto, roast pine nuts and Kula Dave's tomatoes.
Dough for the artisan pies is made fresh daily with semolina flour. Each pizza is hand tossed and flame-grilled in a copper and stone oven, then served hot to your table on wooden paddles. Sauces are housemade, featuring fresh basil from Evonuk Farms in Kula and also from Chef Birrer's own farm in Upcountry Maui. Everything is all natural or organic.
New appetizers such as wood-fired roast almonds in truffle oil, rosemary and spices; and pan-fried artichoke hearts with truffle oil and lemon aioli, entice. Caesar and Maui Mista salads crunch.
Creativity extends to desserts such as the Pizzookie, with housemade chocolate chip cookie dough baked in a cast-iron skillet in the pizza oven, served hot and topped with vanilla ice cream.
Happy hour is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily with $6 appetizers, $7 pizzettes, $6 wines, $3 microbrews, and $2 teas and lemonades. Owned by Pacific Whale Foundation, Porto directs its profits to the organization. Call Porto at 856-8337.