With locations both in Hilo along Bayfront and Kawaihae, Cafe Pesto serves up Italian food with a slight Pacific Rim twist. Pizza is one of the things locals keep coming back for and they offer unique takes on the dish. They offer all of the standard toppings along with unique ones like gorgonzola cheese and sun dried tomatoes. The pizzas listed on the menu are quite unique wit Asian twists, gourmet combinations and island style toppings.
The pizzas come whole only, not by the slice. The pies come slightly on the smaller side and each piece is a smaller triangle compared to the standard huge slice. But it’s really good.
One really tasty drink to have with a meal at Cafe Pesto is the lilikoi margarita. It’s simple lilikoi (passion fruit) juice, tequila and ice and it is really good. They have a full drink and wine menu along with desserts, salads, calzones (really big ones) and other yummy appetizers.
Cafe Pesto is nice enough to dress up and not feel out of place but you can also go in there fresh from the beach during the day as long as you have a shirt and shoes on. The restaurant is one of the more modern and fun restaurants in Hilo with black and white checkered flooring, lovely local art on the walls, and servers wearing only black. Meals run around $30 and under.