Pūlehu, an Italian Grill is the award-winning Italian restaurant at the Vistana timeshare resale at Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas timeshare resale. It was recently announced that Jesse Pita is its chef de cuisine.
“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,” says Brandon Maeda, food and beverage director at The Westin Kāanapali Ocean Resort Villas. “We’re excited to welcome him to this new role” which was celebrated Saturday, February 11, 2017 with a four-course dinner with classic Italian wine pairings. Pita prepared dishes, including a classic flaming parmesan wheel of pasta, right in front of guests.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Pita 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.
Well-seasoned in his craft, 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, such as Merriman’s Kapalua, Pacific‘o Restaurant and most recently, Ocean Pool Bar & Grill (now Auntie’s Kitchen) at the Vistana timeshare resale at Westin Kāanapali Ocean Resort Villas timeshare resale.
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.
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