Pūlehu, an Italian Grill, located at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, has named Jesse Pita as its chef de cuisine. In celebration of the award-winning Italian restaurant’s growth and new culinary direction, it will host “Nuova Foglia” (which means “new leaf” in Italian), a chef’s tasting dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11.
“Chef Jesse’s Italian heritage and New York upbringing will continue Pūlehu’s tradition of quality, classic Italian cuisine while adding a personal touch to our signature restaurant,” said Brandon Maeda, food and beverage director at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas. “We’re excited to welcome him to this new role and look forward to celebrating our culinary journey with guests at our upcoming event.”
The “Nuova Foglia” event features a four-course dinner with classic Italian wine pairings; Pita will prepare dishes right in front of guests including a classic flaming Parmesan wheel of pasta. The event offers a seating at 6pm and one at 8pm. It’s $55 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are recommended and can be made through pulehurestaurantmaui.com.
Pita, originally from Long Island, New York, credits his Italian upbringing for his cooking style and inspiration. His approach will bring Italian favorites with a modern twist to the menu, including handmade pastas and hearty, homemade lasagna.
Pita received his bachelor’s degree at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and has held multiple sous chef positions at several well-known Maui restaurants including Merriman’s Kapalua, Pacific‘o Restaurant and most recently, Ocean Pool Bar & Grill (now Auntie’s Kitchen) at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
In his new position, Pita will oversee Pūlehu’s menu design and culinary concept development, while maintaining the highest level of excellence and freshness to continue the restaurant’s prestigious history of awards and accolades.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit pulehurestaurantmaui.com or call 808-667-3254.