Photo by Melissa Chang
Photo by Melissa Chang

‘ili‘ili Cash & Carry


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The gist: Pizza, hoagies, and deli items in a neighborhood bodega.
The food: Owners Alejandro “Aker” Briceno and Lindsey Ozawa have a long history of pizza in Honolulu, so no one doubted their new project would be just as good. ili ili (short for the neighborhood, Moiliili) offers several house pizzas, from mushroom to spicy meatball to a loaded supreme loaded on a thin, New York-style crust. You can also opt for thicker Detroit-style pies, which are best with heartier toppings like their pepperoni. The hoagies, made with fresh house-baked bread, are just as outstanding than the pizzas. The eggplant and the Italian are two popular choices, and they still taste great a day later—which is helpful, since they’re so huge that you’ll barely be able to finish half in one sitting. You can also purchase bottled soft drinks, wine, meatballs in tomato sauce, baba ganoush, and even ice cream.
The cost: Pizzas are $23-26; hoagies are $15-19, meatballs are $21, salads are $14, baba ganoush with crostini is $6.75, and garlic bread is $8.
How to book: ili ili is takeout only. Order ahead on their website.

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