Walking into Sabatinos is like stepping back in time. It’s an old-school Italian place in the Irving Park neighborhood where the portions are plentiful, and they treat you like family. The dark, candlelit interior, small tables in multiple dining rooms, pictures of religious figures on the walls, and a packed lounge set the stage for a classic dining experience that is great fun. The restaurant is conducive to conversation, but don’t expect a quiet meal. The entire place is a hive of activity with people constantly coming and going, and there’s even roving singers to serenade you while you eat.
Sabatinos is by far the best value I’ve come across foodwise in awhile and you can plan to stuff yourself for roughly $30 a person including a glass (or two) of wine. They give you enough to feast on for a week, and believe me, you’ll want the leftovers. In fact, I didn’t realize that minestrone soup and a large salad come with every meal, otherwise I’d have never ordered an appetizer. Still, I’m glad I did. We started with the baked clams and they were wonderful — topped with just the right amount of crusty bread crumbs. The salad and soup were excellent too, and met expectations.
I went for one of the staff’s favorite pastas called Farfalle Boscaiola for my main course. The bow tie pasta with porcini mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes and peas in fresh tomato with a touch of cream was just what I was craving, and I’d order it again. We also had the salmon, and it hit the spot and was perfectly prepared.
For dessert we had the tiramisu, and like the rest of the meal, it was right on the mark. I look forward to my next visit to Sabatinos!
4441 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60641