Fabiani’s Bakery & Pizzeria is a family-owned business with true Italian roots. After coming to the country as an adult, Lorenzo Fabiani would meet and fall in love with his wife Michelle. It wasn’t long after that he would meet his son Gino. Fabiani’s blends his Italian heritage with the flavors of Maui, and the results have managed to win over visitors and locals alike.
Described as true love, this restaurant is a fixture in the Western shore community. In fact, it would be such a popular addition that it would open a second location in Wailea, known as La Catrina. (The cantina-style sister restaurant blends the flavors of Mexico, Italy, and Hawaii for an exhilarating dining experience.)
Regulars come to Fabiani’s for its affordable happy hour and tourists stop by to sample inventive dishes like the s’mores calzone. Part bakery with treats like chocolate croissants and bagels and part pizzeria, there are plenty of reasons to indulge. All those comforting carbs can be particularly welcome if you and the family have spent some time in the waves.
Fabiani’s boasts authentic thin-crust pizza with traditional toppings, like Italian sausage, pepperoni, and mushrooms. It also draws on the flavors of the island with toppings like Maui onions, Kalua pork, and pineapple. There’s even an eclectic collection of entrees like chicken parmigiana, blackened mahi-mahi, and vegan bolognese.
If you stop by, here are our top items to try:
Lorenzo’s Homemade Meat Lasagna
Made with ground beef, pork, and Italian sausage, this flavor trifecta is a popular dish for fans of Fabiani’s. A creamy béchamel and rich marinara sauce round out the multiple layers and add plenty of dimension to its profile. Thanks to the sturdy construction, courtesy of the eponymous chef, this classic dish can hold its own bite after bite.
The Margherita pizza has long been seen as a tribute to the colors of the Italian flag. The green of the basil, the red of the sauce, and the white of the cheese all make for a simple but powerful visual. This is one of the simpler pizzas that you can order, but Fabiani’s commitment to quality makes it a must-try.
Roasted Maui Veggie Panini
If you come for lunch in the mood for a vegetarian feast, this sandwich is Maui eggplant, caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese, roasted bell peppers, and zucchini. Served on sourdough bread, it’s a great example of how Lorenzo has managed to combine the best of both worlds in one dish.
If you’ve never had ricotta made from tofu, it might be time to give it a try. This gluten-free and vegan pizza is walnut mushroom tomato sauce, roasted beets, ricotta, and mozzarella all on a cauliflower crust. For anyone with food allergies or just looking to eat a little healthier, Fabiani’s accommodates nearly every palate.
When the chef names a dish after himself, it’s going to get some attention from the regulars. Made with fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, prosciutto, arugula, and a drizzle of truffle oil this white pizza is a scrumptious way to close out your night.
You might find it surprising that you can find real Italian food in Maui, but people like Lorenzo make it possible. The best part is that he does his best to honor both the place he lives and the place he hails from. It’s the balance between the two that makes the dishes so unique.
-Fabiani’s has both a lunch and dinner menu, though there’s plenty of cross-over between the two.
-Service can be a bit slow due to high demand.