When Bob Longhi opened Longhi’s at 888 Front Street in Lahaina, Maui in 1976 he created an establishment that had all the elements of his favorite restaurants: great food, great service, and wonderful atmosphere.
Thirty-two years later, it is no accident that Longhi’s is one of the most popular and acclaimed restaurants in Hawaii. Bob Longhi developed a plan that worked and stuck with it.
Now fans of Longhi’s (and there are many, including Robert Mondavi, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, James Coburn and Al Michaels) can get the inside story on what makes this special restaurant and it’s charismatic owner so successful. “Longhi’s: Recipes and Reflections From Maui’s Most Opinionated Restaurateur” by Bob and his daughter Gabrielle Longhi, is not a cookbook in the standard sense, but a book about food and philosophy that explains many of the decisions that give Longhi’s it’s unique atmosphere.
The book is visually beautiful with the fantastic photography by our very own accomplished Gabrielle Longhi. The original food shots are “organically” illustrated (not jellied or glycerinated for photography’s sake…all edible food). Her unique synthesis of photographic style, and hand-tinted illustrations makes the entire book a delicious experience.
The elegantly written book displays Bob’s usual candor and wit and is riddled with anecdotes, descriptive travel stories and pet peeves. The recipes speak for themselves — thirty-two years of success and fine tuning still creating the essence of Bob’s style and philosophy. “We want to show everyone that anyone can be a great cook,” says Bob “all you have to do is put your attention where it belongs.”
Longhi’s has won numerous awards for its outstanding food, extensive wine list and excellent service. In this traditionally family run business, the high standards are maintained by general manager Peter Longhi on Maui and Charlie Longhi on Oahu, Bob’s sons. In terms of atmosphere, Longhi’s Restaurants are simply some of the most beautiful restaurants in the world, with a magical energy that reflects its charismatic patriarch, one of the great personalities of our time.