Nestled away in a small side street off Milan's famous Corso Buenos Aires lies the quaint little Pizzeria Ristaorante, Sabatini. Blink and you'd miss it, this hidden gem is definitely worth scoping out as it offers delicious homemade food, an athentically Italian setting and a very competitive price list.
A family-run restaurant, Sabatini was established in 1946 and over the years it has seen three generations of the Abbate family work at this popular eaterie. The decor is simple, with bottles of wine lining the walls, small tables covered in dusty pink table cloths, wooden seating and a vintage motor bike proudly displayed at the entry. The kitchen is alive and is positioned in the centre of the restaurant with big glass window so that you can watch the chefs at work and marvel at just how amazing your meal looks. A large wood-fire pizza oven sits to the right of the kitchen, with, let's call him Luigi, furiously spinning out pizza's like nobody's business. The waiters are all dressed in black trousers, white shirts and black waistcoats and most of them speak very little English, so you know you're getting the real deal here.
Sabatini's menu is classically Italian and includes a large selection of pizza, pasta, meats, seafood and salad. For starters you can enjoy freshly baked bruschetta, mozzarella wrapped in proscuitto or the antipasto buffet, which is a feast of meats, cheeses, olives and fish. The mains are what you would expect of an Italian restaurant and include huge pizza's topped with cheeses, vegetables, meats and seafood, homemade pasta's, bowels of mussels and scampi, veal parmigiana, tuna salad and Sabatini's specialty - seafood spaghetti baked under a pizza crust! Finish off your meal with a delicious Italian coffee and take a peak at the old-fashiond dessert trolley packed with creme caramel, tirimisu, lemon cake, apple pie and panna cotta, delish!
Sabatini is open 7 days a week and no matter what the day, continues to attract crowds of both locals and tourists so is always buzzing! Portions are big, prices ar reasonable (with mains starting at €8.00) and the restaurant is located in the heart of the shopping district so it's very easy to get to but often hard to leave. You will find a full break down of menu's, contact details and raving restaurant reviews at www.ristorantesabatini.com/
The proof is in the the pudding, or in this case pizza, so get yourself over there!