With LTH talk of late about restaurants of a certain time-forgotten style when my bride suggested Sabatino's for the Wednesday lobster special I was all ears. While Ellen occasionally partakes of the lobster special with her sisters I hadn't been to Sabatino's for at least a year, could be two, maybe even three though, of course, nothing seemed to have changed. Which is the beauty of the place.
No parking problem at Sabatino's, large lot with free, be sure to tip, valet. No drinking problem at Sabatino's, or should I say no problem getting a drink at the large convivial bar, as there seemed to be a few fellows in full-on Saint Paddy's Day mode. No problem smoking at Sabatino's, you want to smoke, which we did not, there's a separate room for you, no smoke, large well separated room for you. Both very comfortable.
Want music, no problem, strolling musicians, who, surprisingly, were quite good. Actually, that seems to be one of the recurring themes at Sabatino's, no problem, happy to accommodate, customer is king. Refreshing
Ellen's lobster tail was good size, quite tasty and, for $21.95 with soup and salad, a startling good deal. My chicken Vesuvio, $13.95 including soup and salad, was also quite good, tender, flavorful and juicy, even the breast which in my chicken Vesuvio experience is often dried out. If I had to quibble it'd be about the potatoes with the Vesuvio, which were of the soft roasted variety, though I'm guessing to those who don't crave crisp in a potato they are well accepted.
Warm D'Amato's bread, olive oil and grated cheese on the table, plus a few slices of pizza bread and very fresh red pepper flakes for the asking kept us occupied during the short wait for our soup, though next time I fully intend to try the JeffB recommended house-cured bresaola.
One slightly humorous note, while I am no linguist I am 90% certain our very personable waiter was affecting an Italian accent, by way of Bridgeport.
All in all a very enjoyable meal, I'll be back soon.
Sabatino's Restaurant & Lounge
4441 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without. Low & Slow