Dining Outside the Home: La Spezia in Kōloa, Kauai 

Dining Outside the Home: La Spezia in Kōloa, Kauai. As you walk up the wooden steps of the quaint corner café, the faint aroma of savory herbs, sweet pastries, and cured gourmet meats entice you at the door. Before you ever turn the knob to go inside, a handwritten sign is stationed there with words printed in colorful chalk: “CIAO! Please wait to be seated.” Wooden benches line both sides of the porch. A Sunday Brunch of scramblers, Benedicts, and pancakes is popular so the café is bustling with excitement. Conversations linger over the Bloody Mary Bar where morning cocktails get personalized to taste. A carafe of tomato juice is surrounded by glass jars of celery sticks, kalamata olives, dill pickles, jalapeño peppers, and even caper berries. Fresh horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, red hot tabasco, and other condiments follow up nicely. No complaints here. The challenge arises when choosing between the Traditional Eggs Benedict and the Italian Benito Benedict. Grazie, grazie molto!

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