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By Tree M.
Flatbread, a pizzeria located in the small town of Paia, Maui, has established itself as a marvelous restaurant. It provides excellent customer service and the building itself is a rather cozy environment. The windows, decorated with various wave designs, are pleasing to behold. There are several locations for dining as a staircase leads upward to a second floor. Like many populated restaurants the conversation within is robust. A loud, constant hum fills the air during the busiest of hours. The menus show a spark of uniqueness as they are decorated by children, something that I have yet to see done elsewhere. The waiters give children paper and crayons. The youngsters can then decorate the paper and, when the waiter returns, hand it off to the employee to have the art be featured on a chosen menu. The food itself is spectacular. Using locally grown ingredients, the cooks manage to create superb dishes. The pizzas are baked in a wood fired oven, giving them a seemingly exclusive trait. A personal favorite of mine is a red sauced pizza topped with cheese and caramelized onions.
Despite its many fantastic elements, the establishment does possess some less desirable traits. Because of its popularity, Flatbread has many customers, notably in the early evening. This spawns lines and an increased wait time. Because the pizza is cooked in a wood fired oven built into one of the walls, the building is kept very warm. On occasion, the heat generated can result in things becoming uncomfortably hot.
Despite these minor gripes, if you ever find yourself hungry and on the northern coast of the island, it wouldn’t be such a terrible idea to stop by Flatbread and have yourself a tasty meal.