Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Assaggio's (also in Hawaii Kai) opens in Kahala

Husband and wife team, Thomas and Siri Ky, first opened Assaggio in Kailua, and have since opened in Hawaii Kai, Ala Moana, Mililani and Kapolei. The newest addition, the Assaggio Bistro Kahala, will be owned and operated by long time employees.

To give back to the community in thanks for their support over the years, the grand opening event, Good Living, Good Giving, donated all proceeds to Aloha United Way from the sales Sept. 14 and 15.

The new location is on 4346 Waialae Avenue across from Kahala Mall next to 'Umeke Market. Like all Assaggio restaurants, it is beautifully designed with a mix of colors and has a contemporary flair.

Assaggio, which means "to taste," offers Italian cuisine with a friendly, neighborhood ambience. The company mission statement is, "What you eat, no one can take away from you. So Assaggio makes sure that what you take away from us is only the best." Their restaurant (my favorite) in Hawaii Kai certainly upholds this tradition. It is located at 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, in the Koko Marina Center, phone 808-396-0756.

The story of Thomas Ky is a feel-good saga of an immigrant from Vietnam, who came to this country with little to his name in 1978 at the age of 13. The company web site tells how he got here from there: "Thomas moved to Hawaii in 1984 and worked day and night at local restaurants such as Hee Hing and Dynasty washing dishes and cleaning tables, often pushing himself to work harder so that he could support his family, as well as save enough for his own restaurant. In 1987, Thomas’ dream of opening his own restaurant became a reality when he and a few partners opened Salerno’s in McCully. An Italian restaurant with a steady flow of customers, Salerno’s did well for Thomas and his partners, but he sold his share in the business in 1989 and decided to open his own restaurant in the Kailua Business Center. He called the restaurant 'Assaggio' and today, Thomas owns five of the award-winning restaurants throughout Oahu."

Assaggio's is one of many fine restaurants in Hawaii Kai, part of the lifestyle we enjoy with fine eating just a few minutes away from any home, many with outdoor seating to enjoy our tropical weather. My Relocation Package gives information about these attractions, and more to do in our oasis on Oahu, Hawaii Kai. Contact me for real estate information about homes for sale in Hawaii Kai, and buying opportunities.

Barbara Abe, Realtor

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