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Ironman PreGame Show

It’s Ironman season again. The warning signs to “Watch for Athletes Training” are everywhere.  The first cyclist in their cyclist uniform became visible over the last 2 weeks. I say cyclist uniform because we all know the look. The spandex tops and bottoms with so many corporate logos that they remind us of a moving billboard. In addition, the streets of Kona have become a little congested with drivers who, quite obviously, do not understand that it is customary to slow down, be courteous, and yield to everyone else. Heck, we yield for honu (green sea turtles), nene, (state bird), and whales jumping or even good surf. You can feel the tension slowly turning up a notch.

Soon the bulk of the people, over 40,000, will descend upon this little town of 12,000 residents. The barricades started showing up which will keep the crowds at bay and guide the athletes through the grueling course. I hope you made your lodging reservation a long time ago. I hope you reserved your car a very long time ago. This island runs our of cars for Ironman and holidays. The cars will jump from $50/day up to “charge what the market will bear.” Locals will rent you their car or truck if you are lucky. This place goes crazy. It’s a lot of fun.

For me, I am all set up to volunteer to work the event. Last year we worked the catch line. That’s where you are at the finish line and you support the athletes the moment they cross the line so they don’t collapse. You walk them off stage behind the scenes and see if they need medical assistance. To hear some of their stories was amazing!!!  That’s all for now.  It’s time to dodge another cyclist.

Aloha,

James C. Christopher

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Today we are dining at Big Island Pizza Napoletana above Costco in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. We tried this place in a rush one evening and were so impressed that I came back to officially review the restaurant. The setting is a relaxed pizzeria. Not much for ambience but we are not here for ambience. We are here for amazing pizza.

Big Island Pizza

We start with Italian sodas. Leise orders vanilla. I order vanilla and peppermint. The service is friendly and casual. I feel no rush of anything. I am relaxed just sitting here watching the sports network on the television while I type and wait for my delicious hand tossed pizza.

Hand Tossed Pizza

We order the Roasted Eggplant pizza with marinara sauce, mozzarella, roasted eggplant, goat cheese, and caramelized onions. Just describing it to you is making my mouth water. I’m getting so excited. Last time we were here it was so good that I am hating the waiting.  Soon, Jim. Soon….

Menu

The diversity of the menu is quite fantastic: Spinach and Caramelized Onions; Smoked Salmon; Garlic and Sausage; Spinach Pesto; Prosciutto and Arugula; and many more. The prices are quite reasonable.

Roasted Eqqplant Pizza

The waiting is over. Oh no. Now I have to wait for it to cool. From first bite the mozzarella cheese is lite, flavorful, and dances on my tongue. Second bite: the eggplant melts with a burst of flavor while the undertones of the marinara sauce bring it all together and doesn’t overwhelm. The crust is thin but not too thin. It’s baked perfectly: not chewy, not too crispy.

It’s not until the middle of my third slice before I come up for air and my head is clear enough to continue typing. We both are grateful that we came back. The only pizza I have had that was better, on this island, is from the restaurant Pau in Kamuela. I think this is our new place to eat before hitting the movie theater. Good food and very filling. Save $$ versus the over priced crap at the theater. Oh yes!!

For ambience I give Big Island Pizza Napoletana 3 out of 5 surfboards. There’s nothing spectacular nor anything bad. Its a pizza place. For food quality I give 4 out of 5 surfboards. The only way to improve would be go organic. Serving up a slice of heaven 6 days a week, they are closed Sundays. The service was friendly and fast. I give it 4 out of 5 surfboards. Overall I give it a 4 surfboards.

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James C. Christopher

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I love this pizza. Menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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