Many people already know Onda Pasta from the weekend Farm Lover’s markets, pop ups and events, a favorite for fresh pasta and sauces that you can cook at home, as well as items cooked to order. But now, you can enjoy his food every day at his new truck behind the Alohilani Resort in Waikiki.
Chef Andrea Onetti introduced his family’s Italian pasta recipes to Hawaii nearly 10 years ago, and after a brief return to his hometown in Rome a few years ago, he made his way back to Oahu to be with his daughter, Alba. He’s been working out of the Fresh Box meal kit service — owned by chef Will Chen — cranking out more fresh pasta to meet increasing demands from Hawaii consumers, and in the process, the idea for a new Italian food truck was born. Chen partnered with Onetti to bring Piccola Onda (“piccola” means small) to life, and they’re having their grand opening tomorrow.
Here’s how to find them: park at the Alohilani Resort (or, if you prefer, find street parking in Waikiki). Walk through the hotel to Kalakaua Avenue, then turn left on Kealohilani Street. Be sure to get your parking validated by Piccola Onda for two hours. Yes, FREE VALIDATED PARKING.
You should know that this is not Pacific Rim Italian cooking. Onetti uses local ingredients, but this is real Italian cooking, made by a real Italian with recipes passed down through his family. You can’t travel to Roma, so he brings Roma to you.
Here are some items I’ve tried, and for the purpose of my blog, they’re on my own plates. But you’ll get yours in a takeout container to enjoy there or in the surroundings of your choice.
Piccola Onda is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two hours of free validated parking is available from the truck. For the latest updates, follow them on their Instagram.