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Seafood a la JJ? JJ Luangkhot, known for his JJ’s Bistro and French Pastry Restaurant in Kaimuki, has opened an all-seafood restaurant, Crab City, in the former La Cacao Bistro space. Crab City is focused on afternoon drinks and pupu, dinner and late-night noshing, open Mon.-Thu. 3pm-midnight; Fri., 3pm-1am; Sat., noon-1am and Sun., noon-midnight.

Crab City. 3441 Waialae; 626-5368 or 780-3115

Ciao, bella! The name’s pretty simple–La Cucina Ristorante Italiana, meaning, of course, “The Italian Kitchen”–but the food in this tiny (30 seats or so) restaurant has people talking with their hands and saying “Ciao! Ciao!” a lot. It’s a one-chef kitchen (Don Truong, formerly of Mediterraneo), so be patient; housemade pasta takes time.

La Cucina Ristorante Italiana. Dinner Tues.-Sat.; lunch Tues.-Fri.; closed Sun.; 725 Kapi’iolani, C112; 593-2626

More than Mango. Chutney, a new Nepalese-style Indian spot, offers all the usuals, from samosas to vindaloo. Opened earlier this month, they’re still working out the counter-service kinks but lovers of the food of Mother India are just happy to hear of another option to try.

Chutney. Lunch and dinners Mon.-Sat., 661 Keeaumoku; 312-4295

Pocho Mango a Winnah. A juicy, sweet Gouveia mango from Kona was the winner of the Mangoes at the Moana mango competition July 21 among tens of competitors. The competition, organized by Makaha Mangoes, grows each year as more folks diversify their backyard orchards.

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