Through the Grapevine

Published: There’s no shortage of unanswered questions this season (like where you’ll end up when the clock strikes 12). So take comfort that two lingering 2007 riddles have been deciphered: The Superferry is once again charging the waves, and on January 2 the new Formaggio Grill finally opens in Kailua.

After nearly a year delay, owners Wes Zane and former Hy’s Executive Chef Almar Arcano bring a feast of inspired improvements to the new wine bar location, most obviously a full-service kitchen to better display Arcano’s flair for steak, chops and seafood entrees.

The family-style menu means you can convince a friend to share their lobster and pancetta bowtie pasta at lunch, or trade bites of paella for a slice of Steak Neptune and a clove of roasted elephant garlic at dinner. And at weekend brunch, you can indulge in a sweet strawberry crepe after a savory duck benedict, all while sipping ultra-hip flowering tea.

Don’t worry—you’ll still be able to sit at the bar and sample a gluttonous selection of wines by the glass, listen to live jazz guitar and nibble on casual gourmet favorites like the Kobe Burger Panini. And unheard of in this early-to-rise community, you can do so until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends.

Not a bad way to ponder 2008’s enigmas into the wee hours of the night.

Formaggio Grill, 305 Hahani St., Kailua; 808. 263.2633. No reservations needed.

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