Just returned from a weekend trip to Catalina with my wife and son, and as we left the boat in Newport Beach, my wife said she was hungry. I told her I had an idea and that I'd take her to a place that we hadn't been to in a long time.
I first discovered Sabatino's and Lido Shipyard Sausage Company about 10 years ago, and unlike other places, it just keeps getting better. Over the years, the restaurant has grown in size with both indoor and outdoor seating, but the real action is in the kitchen and in the display case. I'm originally from Chicago where italian sausage is practically its own food group, but Sabatino's is better than I've ever had. Made fresh with goat's milk cheese and no added fat, it is thicker and more flavorful than you can imagine.
My wife ordered a wonderful seafood pasta dish and my son and I split a pizza with sausage. I will add that although pizza is not a prominent part of their menu, it is superb if a little pricey. The real treat, however, was ordering 4 pounds of sausage and a loaf of wonderful C'est Si Bon french bread to go. Grilling, pan frying, broiling or baking it, the sausage can be part of a main course, served with eggs at breakfast, or as a hearty sandwich.
Sabatino's is one of the hardest to find restaurants I know of, but it is well worth the effort. One of the true hidden gems around SoCal.