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UPDATE! Mi's Waterfront Bistro! (Kailua-Kona) * * * *   Posted by on Saturday, 9 April 2016, at 4:57 p.m.

Mi's Italian Bistro in Kealakekua has moved to the 2nd level of Waterfront Row on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona! An elevator and stairs are available to take you up there. Went to the "family and friends" opening of the new Waterfront Bistro last week, and the location and food are superb. The restaurant is now open for Lunch from 11am-2pm and Dinner from 5-9pm. A tantalizing Appetizer/Bar menu is available from 2-5pm. BYOB until sometime the first week of June, when there will be a Full Bar on the premises, as well. Family run...South Kona's loss is Kailua-Kona's gain. Here is an excerpt from our review of their previous location: "This family-run restaurant (Chef Morgan is in charge of the kitchen and his wife, Ingrid, the front-of-the-house) has great service and good atmosphere. Recent food choices of ours have been the Porcini Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Gnocchi and Green Beans in a creamy Hamakua Mushroom Sauce (so delicious that I'm at a loss to describe it); the Island Style Cioppino in a thick, rich broth of tomato and local fennel, with scallops, prawns and blue crab; and the Italian Sausage Rigate, with mushrooms, sweet onions, black olives and feta in a rich tomato sauce over fresh rigatoni pasta, which was meaty and satisfying; perfectly seasoned. There is also a very good Herb & Cheese Ravioli with broccoli florets, toasted pine nuts and a blue cheese cream sauce, and much, much more. Their in-house marinara sauce is wonderful. No scrimping on the freshly grated Parmesan on the Caesar Salad here! It is very rich. There are always a Soup of the Day and a Bruschetta of the Day (served on the restaurant's excellent toasted focaccia). Their award-winning Tiramisu lives up to its hype, and the decadent Banana Flambe' is also very good." Phone: (808) 329-3880. More details to come!

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