Vino Sociale (pronounced so-shee-ah-lay), or “wine social” in Italian is the much more casual, carefree version of a wine tasting event. Guests are escorted to the back of the restaurant, down a ramp that leads to the outdoor patio. They are then greeted by welcome drink and are asked to freely seat themselves on the patio in a lounge setting.
Beverage Program Director, Jill Shiroma curates a flight of wine that is then paired with a rotating selection of off-menu specials that showcase Chef de Cuisine Naomi Ito’s hand in the kitchen. General Manager Kelly Nguyen arranges the spread in an “grazing table” fashion so that guests can help themselves to samplings of off-menu dishes. As the evening progresses, heartier entrée dishes—in shareable style—arrive for guests to enjoy, though guests are encouraged to order from the regular menu should their favorites be missing. In true Appetito fashion, an array of signature Neapolitan-style pizza will be served. The evening wraps up with a small bite of dessert.
The results of this is an awe-inspiring display of great food and wine paired friends, dates, and yes, strangers that mingle together as they enjoy the evening in an intimate yet laidback setting. And at an all-inclusive price of $55 per person or $100 per couple, guests are treated to an exclusive and unique experience reminiscent of invitation-only social parties in the neighborhoods of Paris.
Guests looking to recreate the night for a private event can also reserve this experience with a party minimum of 10 people. The patio seats up to 18 people, but the experience is available within the restaurant in the semi-private dining area as well.
Vino Sociale takes place every second Friday of the month at Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar, from 6:00 PM with a reception and dinner at 6:30 PM, by reservations only for 18 people at maximum. Reservations by phone at (808) 922 – 1150. Validated self-parking is available at OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger for all guests.