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Italiano does it your way

By: Marie W. Conway

Date Posted: 1998-08-28

As soon as you step inside Italiano restaurant, you feel as if you are in an Italian garden with plants and latticework surrounding the room. Bottles of Italian, German and French wine plus Italian beer, are strewn about the café. The same beverages can be ordered from the menu.

Hidekazu Shimabukuro, an Okinawan native, opened Italiano in 1991, after studying in Italy for two years and working as a chef in Tokyo for ten.

The menu boasts 30 kinds of pasta dishes in cream, tomato or garlic sauce with prices ranging from ¥680 to ¥1,700, and four different varieties of pizza for ¥950 to ¥1,500.

And if that is not enough for your refined palate, the restaurant has an answer to that too, as Shimabukuro explained enthusiastically, "We can make any kind of pizza or pasta you desire! And if you want a larger helping for another ¥200, just tell our English speaking staff."

During lunch hours, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can choose between a lunch set of pasta, salad and drink for ¥700 or order your favorite from the English language menu. Children can decide between spaghetti, gratin or doria as a main course, and a drink or ice cream is included for only ¥480.

Italiano's most requested dishes include carbonara, eggplant, bacon and mozzarella pastas with a fresh tomato, eggplant, or ground beef in a spicy sauce. For dessert, chocolate, tricolli or baked cheesecake are sure bets for those with a sweet tooth to care for.

The restaurant is open Wednesday through Monday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. To get to Italiano, turn to Hamby Town Shopping Center from Highway 58, then take a right and Italiano will be on your left. The second location is on the ground floor of Korinza Shopping Center at the end of Cuo Park Avenue in Okinawa City.

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