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critical1 | Dec 7, 2003 04:18 PM

…the journey continues….

Instead of going to Sabatino’s tonite as previously planned, we decided to go last night (Sat). My reservations were for 8 pm, and was informed that the “booths” weren’t guaranteed.

When we arrived, I knew that we were in for a treat. When we walked past the smoked filled bar area, we were greeted by a chain smoking hostess. Awesome. We were sat in a regular two top and were presented with garlic cheese breads right away. It would’ve been nice if we had a booth, but we were totally fine where we were at.

We started with the Shrimp Dejonghe. It was good, but wasn’t as good as Joe’s. Joe’s was perfect…bread crumbs still crunchy, and the butter still sizzing. Here at Sabatino’s, it was soggy, and a bit more sour, but it was still good. At half the price…no complaints.

Then we were served a spinach and cheese soup…it’s almost like a spinach and egg drop soup. It was good, and salty.

Then the salad. We asked for the dressing on the side (per JeffB’s rec). It was a decent free salad. Nice, fresh leaves. Nothing special. But it was free. C’mon.

Then my gf and I shared the penne w/ sausage and tomato cream sauce and the Chicken Sabatino’s. Both were awesome. The penne was perfect. The cream sauce was surprisingly light and refined. The chicken dish was a chicken breast stuffed with wild rice in a rich wine sauce. This dish was simply delicious.

We finished with the tiramisu. It was light and refreshing. Not too sweet, and the perfect way to end the great meal.

Something about this place. It’s the sum of its parts that provided my gf and I with such a wonderful experience. It’s the cheesy holiday lights, and the scary Santa on the wall. It’s the smoking Italian hostess. It’s the cute elderly couple dancing in the ball area. It’s the cheese bread that was brought to the table when we sat. It’s the on point pacing of our courses, and our friendly service despite it being a hectic Saturday nite. It’s the delicious food…

All for 50 bucks…

For the level of experience and memories…this restaurant goes unmatched. I’ve experienced MANY mediocre meals at the 50 dollar mark. Here, my gf and I experienced something unforgettable.

Once again...I would like to thank JeffB and the chowhound board in general. I've learned plenty, and I've experienced many great meals because of this wonderful forum. Thanks.

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