Experience The Wonder of Amici Ristorante Italiano Kona In Hawaii

Owners Giovanni Saffioti and Devon Drake

The food scene in West Hawaii was first introduced to the authentic Italian cuisine of Amici Ristorante Italiano Kona, from the home country of Chef Giovanni Saffioti, in 2012.  Together with his co-owner, Devon Drake, they have relocated the restaurant in an attempt to spread their culinary expertise further. There is plenty of parking space, and the new restaurant includes an outdoor dining area. This is a fresh start for the sixty year old Italian who was born in Genoa, a Mediterranean seaport in North West Italy.  The region is well known for excellent Italian cuisine, but especially for its famous pesto sauce.  Saffioti moved to Canada with his family in 1969, and his passion for cooking compelled him to travel frequently between Canada, Italy and America, to gain experience at various restaurants.  He has studied under many chefs and slowly worked his way up from being a busboy at the age of 15, to being a Chef in his own right in 1983.

Executive Chef / Owner Giovanni Saffioti

During his many travels abroad, he fell in love with the island of Hawaii ,with its unique pace of life, and developed a desire to present the residents of Hawaii with something different in the line of Mediterranean cuisine.  At Amici Ristorante Italiano Kona, his authentic recipes for many of the dishes that can be enjoyed at the restaurant, have been the result of his vast experience , as well as his rich heritage.  His style embraces a fusion of Mediterranean and Italian cuisines and his love for fresh ingredients shows in his dishes, which are infused with authentic Italian flavor.  Saffioti enjoys preparing his dishes from scratch and likes to make his own bread, pesto sauce and tiramisu the way it has always been made in the kitchens of Italy.




(808) 322-9582


74-5563 Kaiwi Street
at Old Industrial Kona
Kailua Kona, HI 96740


Closed on Mondays


11:30a - 2:30p

Wednesday - Saturday


5:00p - 9:00p

Tuesday - Sunday





Dinner Menu

5:00 - 9:00p on Wednesday - Monday | Closed on Tuesdays


Call (347) 555–1234 from 5a – 11p daily, or book online with OpenTable.
Reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

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