The one thing I miss about working in downtown is the lunch scene.
There are so many restaurants, coffee shops and takeout spots to choose from, serving everything from sushi to vegetarian curry.
So when I get a chance to meet up with friends who work in corporate Honolulu for lunch, there’s no hesitation.
This week I met up with my guyfriend Jon to check out a little Italian spot that opened a few months ago in Chinatown.
Bruno’s Forno, owned by Mix Cafe’s Bruno Iezzi, is a takeout Italian eatery located next to the entrance of Maunakea Marketplace.
It’s menu — written in chalk on the wall — isn’t very extensive, with European-style sandwiches and pastas, but what it lacks in options it makes up in flavor.
Here’s what we ate (all taken with my iPhone 4, by the way):
Bruno’s Forno,1120 Maunakea St. #186. Phone: 808-585-2845. www.brunosforno.com, @brunosforno
Calling all downtown lunchers!
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AAAiiiyyyaaahhh! Fuud Pix! Tenks! The samwich luuks guud!! Hopefully they are open on Saturday…
I’m from Hilo, but when working at our Bishop Street office. We’ve gone to Art’s Hideaway. Gotta look good for this place. It’s on Bishop mauka side of Hotel St on the Ewa side. Well the front door that is. You need to walk downstairs. Nice sandwiches, hot meals, New York steak etc. Lot’s of business people go there.
@Ynaku I haven’t been there in a long, long time. Worth checking out! What do you normally order?
@Cat I’ve tried the New York steak, Meat Loaf was pretty guud. @ShaunaGoya was making some points with Art. He gave her free bread. Specials change. They also had a nice wrap, salads and the company was guud. Went there with some fellow bloggers
That’s looks delish! I love Mix Cafe’s steak sandwich! So awesome… those greens at the bottom of the box, too. Must check this place out!
Cat the sandwich looks really, really good.
@Maxcat Aw, man, it was SO good! I literally was sad when it was over…
Dammit! Diet will have to wait until next week… you’ve sold me on this place Cat!
@MaxMaxMax YOU MUST GO. I’m a big fan of this place.
Carbonara lasagna, mmm bacon…but that Italian panini looks amazingly fresh. Might have to go out of my way to try this!
I live downtown, I happened been to Bruno’s Definately checking it out soon. Panini sandwich, ‘best ever, so good you almost cried’. I gotta try those, soon and often.
Is “Forno” short for “Fuud Porno?” “Cause that fuud luuked sexy!!! 😉
i LOVE bruno’s. my absolute fave is his funghi lasagna, which is dreamy and decadent. then i love his mocha mousse, same d&d.
It’s in my hood and I didn’t know! I’m going very very very very soon. Thanks for the tip!
Looks like it’s a must try place. Your caption for your last photograph is very convincing “… nearly cried”. That pic is just plain fuud prom!