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

8197 KULA HWY

8197 KULA HWY
Price: $849,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 8197 Kula Hwy
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1
SqFt: 944
Land Acres: 0.448
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

311 KULAMANU CIR

311 KULAMANU CIR
Price: $849,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 311 Kulamanu Cir
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
SqFt: 1679
Land Acres: 0.2966
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

475 HAPAPA RD

475 HAPAPA RD
Price: $1,790,000
Status: PENDING - CONT. TO SHOW
Address: 475 Hapapa Rd
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3
SqFt: 3258
Land Acres: 5.012
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

51 KAI NANA PL

51 KAI NANA PL
Price: $725,000
Status: PENDING - CONT. TO SHOW
Address: 51 Kai Nana Pl
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2
SqFt: 1728
Land Acres: 0.1831
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

5435 LOWER KULA RD

5435 LOWER KULA RD
Price: $829,000
Status: PENDING - CONT. TO SHOW
Address: 5435 Lower Kula Rd
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 2.5
SqFt: 2612
Land Acres: 0.544
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

8000 KULA HWY RD

8000 KULA HWY RD
Price: $3,595,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 8000 KULA HWY Rd
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3.5
SqFt: 3850
Land Acres: 15.003
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

240 COPP RD

240 COPP RD
Price: $849,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 240 Copp Rd
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
SqFt: 1440
Land Acres: 2
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

482 WAIAKOA RD

482 WAIAKOA RD
Price: $1,795,000
Status: PENDING - CONT. TO SHOW
Address: 482 Waiakoa Rd
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3
SqFt: 2049
Land Acres: 2.06
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

3576 LOWER KULA RD

3576 LOWER KULA RD
Price: $4,300,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 3576 Lower Kula Rd
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4.5
SqFt: 7160
Land Acres: 2.08
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

7 PALIULI WAY

7 PALIULI WAY
Price: $799,000
Status: ACTIVE
Address: 7 Paliuli Way
District: Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2.5
SqFt: 1925
Land Acres: 0.23
City: Kula
State: HI
Zip: 96790

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