New menu debuts in September during Kama‘aina Month deals

Pulehu Chef de Cuisine Jesse Pita; Westin KOR photo

Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas is spicing things up in September with the addition of several new menu offerings at its signature and award-winning Pulehu, an Italian Grill.

To kick off the new menu, the restaurant is offering 50 percent off food for kamaaina on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of September.

Drawing on inspiration from his Italian upbringing, the restaurant’s chef de cuisine, Jesse Pita, incorporates favorite childhood foods such as handmade pastas and cheeses to the already outstanding cuisine.

Joining the restaurant’s classic dishes are pan-fried gnocchi Genovese; and Calabrese pizza topped with spicy Italian sausage, housemade mozzarella and Surfing Goat Dairy cheese.

Meat lovers will want to try the savory veal Osso Buco that just pops with creamy polenta; decadent lobster risotto entices with roasted tomato, saffron and parmesan; and hearty, made-from-scratch lasagna wafts its aromas from a cast-iron skillet.

Pan-fried gnocchi Genovese; Westin KOR photo

For dessert, Chef Pita has crafted a stellar gluten-free cake with chocolate, almonds, and olive oil, which is perfectly paired with Maui-made cherry gelato.

Pulehu’s new menu brings rustic Italian tradition and fresh local ingredients together, all enhanced in a wood-fired stone oven for the best flavors. Besides the hand-tossed pizzas and the housemade pastas, do sip some of the exceptional wines for which Pulehu is renowned.

“We look forward to sharing the new menu with our local community and as a ‘thank-you’ for your support we’re excited to offer such a great kamaaina discount in September,” says Brandon Maeda, resort director of food and beverage.

On Fridays and Saturdays in September, Hawaii residents and U.S. military with valid ID will receive 50 percent off of their food bills at dinner.

Pulehu, an Italian Grill is located at the lagoon level of The Westin KOR with views of lily pads and other flora in the immense courtyard facing the ocean. The restaurant is open for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

Hand-tossed Calabrese pizza; Westin KOR photo

Situated on 26 oceanfront acres on North Ka’anapali Beach, the resort provides stylish villa accommodations with amenities such as the world-famous Westin Heavenly Bed, whirlpool tubs, fully equipped kitchens and washers/dryers.

The resort also offers convenient outdoor grilling areas, general store complete with a deli, excellent restaurants and bars, outdoor pools, kids club, full-service spa and resort activities for all ages.

Fun outdoor pursuits for guests include sailing on a catamaran, oean trail hiking, horseback riding and championship golf — all easily accessible.

The resort also offers a multitude of water sport activities, as well as complimentary shuttle services to Lahaina town. Visit www. westinkaanapali.com.

To book reservations at Pulehu, An Italian Restaurant, call 667-3254.