Sanford has a new restaurant downtown – Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant. It has only been open about a week, but I have already heard many great reviews regarding the food and the prices, so I decided to give it a try. I ate a late breakfast and spent a couple hours outside Office Max for the annual CIS Stuff The Bus Campaign, so I didn’t really think about lunch until about 2:00 – when most of the locally owned restaurants close. I was happy to see that Sabatino’s doesn’t close between the lunch and dinner hours and that I was able to go for a nice lunch before going to a movie.
I found Sabatino’s to be delightful! The decor is bright and cheery, yet still has that wonderful Sanford old building feel with at least one wall of exposed brick. There was lovely old Italian music playing to set the mood and everything was so very welcoming.
The menu has a wide variety of wonderful sounding dishes and the news of it being reasonably priced was accurate. I had the 1/4 rotisserie chicken (dark) with mashed potatoes and corn. I mulled over the Italian choices, but really wanted something light after being out in the sun most of the day. I was very pleased with my decision – it was incredible! The chicken had an amazingly crisp skin that was seasoned beautifully and the meat inside was moist and flavorful. The sides were huge and served in their own large oval dishes – the corn was fresh tasting and not at all mushy; the mashed potatoes were made from real potatoes and pleasingly lumpy, yet creamy! Everything was delicious and there was so much, I wasn’t able to finish it all! And the bill was just about $5.00!!!
I love all the locally owned restaurants downtown — it is no secret that I am a huge fan of Cafe 121 and The Steele Pig, among others. But, I am so happy to see this new addition, giving downtown a little more variety — especially since it is open when some of the others aren’t!
Check out Sabatino’s — from my experience and what I hear of other experiences, you won’t be sorry! I can’t wait to go for dinner one evening and have one of the many Italian dishes that sounded so amazing as I read the menu.
Sabatino’s is located on the corner of Steele and Carthage Streets at 101 Steele Street. They are open Mon-Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm and Sun 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. 777-0501