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Beat the heat at Taormina

July 29th, 2015
PHOTOS COURTESY TAORMINA SICILIAN CUISINE The colors of summer are on the plate at Taormina Sicilian Cuisine, where a chilled spaghettini with avocado, tomatoes and dill is one of the new mid-summer menu additions.

PHOTOS COURTESY TAORMINA SICILIAN CUISINE

The colors of summer are on the plate at Taormina Sicilian Cuisine, where a chilled spaghettini with avocado, tomatoes and dill is one of the new mid-summer menu additions.

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine has added a handful of midsummer dishes to its menu to take some of the heat out of 90-degree days.

The offerings begin with a refreshing peach bellini ($21) of champagne and peach puree, followed by executive chef Hiroyuki Mimura’s light, chilled summer spaghettini ($19) that won’t weigh you down. The pasta is tossed with a light tomato sauce, avocado, arugula, tomatoes and dill.

A peach compote ($12) over orange granite is a fantastic meal ender that won’t leave you in need of a siesta.

If you can stomach heavier dishes, a truffle-topped carbonara ($48) and tender slow-baked chicken with brown butter-caper sauce ($24) are not to be missed.

Start your meal by cooling off with a peach bellini.

Start your meal by cooling off with a peach bellini.

The $75 Trinacria Collection starts with a first course of mini puff pastry and chilled pea soup, folloowed by seared ahi with pickled hearts of palm.

The $75 Trinacria Collection starts with a first course of mini puff pastry and chilled pea soup, folloowed by seared ahi with pickled hearts of palm.


Chef Hiroyuki Mimura, below, shaves truffle over carbonara ($48 seasonal pricing).

Chef Hiroyuki Mimura, below, shaves truffle over carbonara ($48 seasonal pricing).

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Even a simple dish of chicken with brown butter-caper sauce is a standout here.

Even a simple dish of chicken with brown butter-caper sauce is a standout here.

Not new but ordered for the food porn effect, was the restaurant's classic Italian Ricci Di Mare Uni pasta ($33).

Not new but ordered for the food porn effect, was the restaurant's classic Italian Ricci Di Mare Uni pasta ($33).

We swooned over this dessert of a poached white peach with ice cream, over orange granite. So wonderfully refreshing!

We swooned over this dessert of a poached white peach with ice cream, over orange granite. So wonderfully refreshing!

Taormina is at Waikiki Beach Walk, 227 Lewers St. Call (808) 926-5050.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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