By Anni Caporuscio
We know that it is easier to get a taco in Kapa‘a than it is to find one in Ensenada. So what is it that sets Verde Restaurant apart from others?
The menu, said staff member Kai, is based on New Mexico cuisine, which has its own twist. But Verde goes a step farther, adding an island fusion flare, a modern twist on traditional New Mexican food “served with a side of aloha.” After three years of working at Verde, Kai still hasn’t gotten over the food.
Server Yuki says it’s the food’s consistency. Everything is made fresh daily. The chilies are shipped from New Mexico. And she nicknamed the signature chipotle sauce “the everything enhancer.”
Chef Carlo, who trained as an original staff, said the biggest lesson he learned is that every time you cook, you cook for a special person. This is something he passes on to every new chef.
It’s not just the food that makes Verde special; the staff recognizes repeat customers and knows what they want.
People love working there, and they have built a family style restaurant.
As a celebration and appreciation for her staff, Verde owner Maris Manzano will serve the Green Chile Sopaipilla Burger on the restaurant’s seventh anniversary March 12. The staff built this signature cheeseburger, and as a bonus, all monies made from this menu item on this day will flow right to the workers.
Verde Restaurant is at 4-1101 Kuhio Hwy in Kapa‘an, next to Big Save. They’re open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving lunch and dinner, and can be reached at 821-1400.
- Anni Caporuscio is a food lover and can be found daily at her Kapa‘a business, Small Town Coffee.