WHERE TO FIND THEM

On April 29, 2017, Onda Pasta made their final FarmLovers Market appearance after over five years of serving fantastic pasta. The reason?  Simply, to try something new, and to get a change of scenery (they moved to Washington). But, now, Onda’s back!

FarmLovers Market in Kakaako

For their debut appearance on August 3, Onda Pasta set up shop at the FarmLovers Market in Kakaako. And it’s here, at the former Ward Warehouse site, that you’ll find them every Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. However, they will also be at the FarmLovers Market at Kailua Elementary School from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm every Sunday too.

THE MENU

Onda Pasta Menu

Though they’ve been away for over two years, Onda 2.0 is nearly identical to the original version. So, when you visit them at the market, you’ll see two menus: fresh pasta to take home and cook and prepared pasta dishes. Fresh pasta on offer that day included: tagliatelle, pappardelle, spaghetti, rigatoni, and mafaldine, and all were priced at $6 per portion. Prepared pasta dishes available that day included a Breakfast Gnocchi ($12), Spaghetti al Pomodoro ($10), Spaghetti Primavera ($10), Spaghetti al Ragu ($10), and Spaghetti al Pesto di Mais ($10).

Wicked HI Slush

Onda doesn’t have any drinks for sale, so if eating at the market, be sure to bring your own.  Or, you could buy a beverage from one of the other vendors, such as Wicked Hi Slush.  I’m partial to their Lilikoi slush.

WHAT I ORDERED

When I first found out Onda Pasta was making their return to Hawaii, I knew what I had to order first, their famous Spaghetti al Pesto di Mais.  Also known as corn pesto, this dish combines perfectly al dente pasta with sweet corn, smokey bacon, and parmesan cheese.  I love it.  And it tastes precisely as I remember!  Again, it’s as if they never left!

Spaghetti al Pesto di Mais from Onda Pasta

For her order, my wife went with the Spaghetti Primavera.  Like my corn pesto, the primavera combines al dente pasta with fresh, vibrant vegetables, olive oil, and parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti Primavera from Onda Pasta

Next time, I think I want to try their spaghetti al pomodoro to see how they do their tomato sauce.  And I’d like to give the gnocchi a try since it’s the only pasta variant of theirs I didn’t sample during Onda 1.0.

ONDA'S BACK, FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m so glad Onda Pasta is back.  Not only because I get to have my corn pesto again, but because we finally have a high-quality, inexpensive pasta option once again.  And it’s the type of Italian food option we’ve been seriously lacking in the void Onda 1.0 left.

But, I can’t wait to see how they evolve their business as they ramp up once again.  After all, Onda Pasta 1.0 sold containers of sauce in addition to fresh pasta and prepared dishes.  Plus, they did more formal pop-up events once in a while too, which looked amazing!  Unfortunately, I never made it to one, so hopefully, I’ll get another chance ;).

By the way, it’s worth noting that Onda Pasta is a cash-only business at the moment.  But, don’t let that deter you.  Even if you don’t carry cash like me, it’s worth making a trip to the ATM to enjoy Onda’s incredible pasta.

Onda Pasta
FarmLovers Market
Kaka’ako – Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Kailua – Sunday 8:30 am to 12:00 pm