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10 Reasons to Visit Honolulu

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Just a quick look at the menu for this new Italian fusion restaurant ensures that all the bases are covered: locally-sourced, slow food with an emphasis on sharing plates and exciting combinations of flavors. For instance, one item on the menu—the “Buffalo” clams with duck confit—uses Frank’s Red Hot, a fact Prima proudly points out on the menu. Unpretentious and delicious can be tough to come by. If you’re not eating at Prima, that is.

Prima: New Italian Restaurant in Kailua

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After four years of what could be called the Golden Chain Age—when we were all aflutter about the openings of big-name, hotel-based restaurants like Nobu, BLT Steak, Morimoto and Kauai Grill—2011 has turned out to be a banner year for notable indie eateries. Salt Kitchen and Tasting Bar, Heeia Kea Pier General Store and Deli, pop-up restaurants The Pig and The Lady and Plancha, bakery Let Them Eat Cupcakes and now Prima.