Kula Bistro: Italian Country Excellence

Kula Bistro: Kula’s Not So Hidden Gem

If you’re Upcountry, there aren’t many choices for quality food at decent prices. Kula Bistro has risen to the forefront of top Upcountry restaurants and it is quite possibly the best one.

Sitting on the magical slopes of Haleakala in peaceful Upcountry Maui, Kula Bistro specializes in local, fresh, and flavorful Italian cuisine. The restaurant sits across from the historic Morihara Store in Kula with a dedicated full time parking lot and street parking available as it can get pretty busy.

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Kula on an occasional misty and foggy day

Owner and Head Chef Luciano Zanon decided to begin his venture in 2012 and “Everybody was telling me I’m crazy. ‘Don’t do it, Luciano, you’re gonna lose a lot of money, just don’t do it. I was looking for something for keeping me busy, but I never realized how big Kula Bistro got. It got big, really big.”

Since its inception, Kula Bistro has been a successful and thriving restaurant with almost 60 seats and lines out the door nightly. Zanon believes it’s the fresh ingredients, consistent quality, and excellent service responsible for Kula Bistro’s tremendous triumph. Staff turnover is virtually nonexistent, with many longtime employees who are proud to be part of the team.

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Scallop brushetta, special: fried shrimp, Luciano special, calamari steak appetizer 

Known as one of Maui’s most inspired chefs, Chef Zanon, was honing is masterful skills from a young age, working in a small family owned trattoria in Venice, Italy. With a lifelong passion and enthusiasm for inventive cooking, Luciano came out of retirement to open Kula Bistro. His background ranges from operating the award-winning Tiffany Luigi’s Pasta & Pizzeria, consulting for over thirty years in recipe development, and establishing two high-end catering companies: Luciano’s Catering Company, a distinguished private jet caterer (sold in 20060); Bella Venezia Catering, current catering company creating unique and unforgettable cuisine for special events and clientele.

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The bistro’s homey interior

Chef Zanon and his wife Chantal followed their dream of offering expertly prepared food in an affordable, comfortable venue, and Kula Bistro does just that. The restaurant’s alluring atmosphere captures the essence of a traditional Italian trattoria. Sporting a diverse variety of choices, crafted using the highest quality, fresh local ingredients, Kula Bistro is an excellent choice when Upcountry. Heck, I know some people who make the journey to Kula just for the Bistro!

P.S., they’re also BYOB with no corkage fee.

Kula Homes For Sale

50 LEALEA PL

50 LEALEA PL
Price: $1,150,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 50 Lealea Pl
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2
SqFt: 2120
Land Acres: 2.0049
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96768-8244

758 LAUIE DRIVE DR

758 LAUIE DRIVE DR
Price: $330,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 758 Lauie Drive Dr
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
SqFt: 1092
Land Acres: 1.0081
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

148 HOOMAIKAI PL

148 HOOMAIKAI PL
Price: $2,450,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 148 Hoomaikai Pl
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3
SqFt: 3023
Land Acres: 5.77
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

3610 LOWER KULA RD

3610 LOWER KULA RD
Price: $1,895,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 3610 Lower Kula Rd
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2.5
SqFt: 3777
Land Acres: 2.003
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

320 KULALANI DR

320 KULALANI DR
Price: $625,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 320 Kulalani Dr
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
SqFt: 1242
Land Acres: 0.4655
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

17085 HALEAKALA HWY

17085 HALEAKALA HWY
Price: $1,549,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 17085 Haleakala Hwy
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 5
SqFt: 5083
Land Acres: 4.32
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

174 KULALANI DR

174 KULALANI DR
Price: $1,189,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 174 Kulalani Dr
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4.5
SqFt: 2376
Land Acres: 0.3443
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790-8222

16157 HALEAKALA HWY

16157 HALEAKALA HWY
Price: $695,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 16157 Haleakala Hwy
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
SqFt: 976
Land Acres: 2.774
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

255 LOWER KIMO DR

255 LOWER KIMO DR
Price: $1,040,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 255 LOWER KIMO Dr
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1
SqFt: 840
Land Acres: 0.4094
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

170 NAALAE RD

170 NAALAE RD
Price: $1,275,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 170 Naalae Rd
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2
SqFt: 1300
Land Acres: 4.206
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

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