Very good food, generous portions, and almost all the lunch items are under $10! Right in the middle of Wailuku town with ample public parking, you can go whenever you’re hungry; breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Ordered Salmon BLT,
A good portion of grilled salmon filet with focaccia bread; perfect combination! Glad there’s a nice place go in Wailuku for dinner!
Very affordable and good selection of menu with local favorites. It feels like a café, nice serving plates, great food!
Went to Aria's tonight and had a wonderful meal! This is their opening week so I was expecting some hiccups but experienced none whatsoever.
Ikaika greeted us warmly and let us choose our table. I always like to scope out the furniture at a new restaurant and really liked their dark brown tables and chairs. The chairs were really comfortable and I found myself almost dozing off in between courses. The Manager Ed came by to greet us and instantly made us feel like family. The dinner menu had lots of great looking choices and Ed was kind enough to bring out their lunch menu too and said those items would be available for the evening...which made us feel pretty special. This also proved useful as my friend ordered the roast pork off the lunch menu which looked and smelled amazing.
We started with the French onion soup and it was really really good. There was a big puff pastry arrogantly sitting atop a healthy bed of cheese with classic Maui Onions cooked just right submersed in perfectly seasoned broth. I taught this tasty pastry a serious lesson in humility as it slowly drank in the soup providing a great flavor combination.
For my main dish I ordered the shrimp puttanesca which was loaded with shrimp and had a great combination of capers, tomatoes, basil, and kalamata in a butter wine sauce. It was really impressive, I felt like I was in the Teatro Alla Scala listening to Caruso himself--I understood now the restaurant's name, it all made sense.
Later after my friend had an excellent ice cream dessert I found out Aria was actually the owners' grandmother's name...but it still works for me in the operatic sense, perhaps now just as a pun.
I highly recommend coming to Aria's if you're in the Wailuku area. You get Wailea sophistication and gourmet mastery at Wailuku prices...and you may just hear the faint sound of Caruso belting out an aria as tasty morsels hit your lips.
Ribs and French Fries were on the special when I went. They were cooked perfectly and the portions were huge for the price. You can't beat this lunch anywhere in Central Maui. If you have not tried this place yet,,you're missing out.