On a recent 7-day California Coastal cruise on the Star Princess, my new shipboard friend Angela and I enjoyed dinner at Sabatini’s Italian restaurant.
This specialty restaurant requires reservations and has a $25 per person cover charge.
Choosing an appetizer is tough. There are a number of delicious-sounding choices. We both enjoyed the Burrata alla Panna con Carpaccio di Pomodori, described as hand-formed cow’s milk cheese with creamy lava center on tomato carpaccio, with balsamic syrup.
It’s creamy and yet meaty, and is a huge chuck of burrata, which I think of as butter-cheese. This would be a good appetizer to share if you are having several, as it is quite filling.
We did not order the Calamari Fritti (crispy fried squid in a cone, served with lemon garlic dip) but our terrific waiter brought it anyway. He has listened to our discussion and questions when ordering, and said, “You should try the Calamari as well.”
In the background of the photo you can see the remnants of our Sapori d ‘Italia – the starters from the chef served before the appetizers consisting of Rosemary Flatbread with Prosciutto, Marinated Green & Black Olives, and both Herbed & Spicy Focaccia Grissini
Elite Princess cruisers at my regular dining table recommended the Sformato di Carciofi Gratinati al Castelrosso appetizer, and of course they knew what they were talking about. The twice-baked artichoke soufflé with castelrosso cheese sauce is delightful. It was probably my favorite dish of the evening.
The photo above lists all of the antipasti except the Burrata. Which would you choose?
As soon as I got those beady eyes and shells away from the pasta, I enjoyed every bite.
Also quite delicious.
This main dish includes lobster three ways – lobster tail, lobster orzotto and lobster bisque sauce. The lobster orzotto is similar to risotto, but made with pearl barley instead of rice, which makes it a hearty dish. Plus, it’s full of lobster bits. The bisque sauce on the lobster reminded me of Catalan-style bisque that you would find in Spain.
If you’ve dined in Sabatini’s, perhaps you know for certain.
If so, please share in comments below, as well as your favorite dish on the Sabatini’s meun.
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