Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen in Logan Square can do it all

Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen in Logan Square can do it all
Saba exterior. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Whether it's Traditional Italian Dishes or creative takes with a Modern Twist Saba Italian Bar doesn't disappoint

Logan Square has become a hotbed for restaurants with restaurants around the Square and along Milwaukee Avenue creating a virtual restaurant row with every thing from dive bars to upscale dining.

There's the throwback cocktail spot Billy Sunday, the popular Parson's Chicken and Fish and long time neighborhood staple Lula Cafe that have been joined by many recent standouts including Giant and Mi Tocaya.

The bar. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The bar. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Surprisingly in a city like Chicago where Italian is king, until recently, there was a dearth of Italian establishments in Logan Square.

No more.

Since the opening of Saba, located on the corner of Sawyer and Milwaukee, you don't have to leave the 'hood to get your Italian fix.

In fact, many are coming from outside of the neighborhood to enjoy the creative cuisine of Chefs Jesus Castillo and Juan Ramirez--both of whom are highly seasoned chefs with over 20 years and 13 years’ experience respectively at some of Chicago hottest restaurants including Spiaggia, Mia Francesca’s, and RPM Italian.

Chef Jesus Castillo.

Chef Jesus Castillo.

People in Logan, as the area is known, as well as visitors from around town and around the country are in store for a treat when they step inside the welcoming space.

Saba from the same people who own Cafe con Leche and The Harding Tavern can do it all from their ambitious beverage menu featuring a creative list of cocktails, craft beers and wines to non-alcoholic beverages (including delicious cream sodas) to their seasonal menu offerings.

Guests can chow down on their housemade pastas, pizzas, and surprising combos like the Campesante E Pastinaca, pan seared sea scallops, micro greens, parsnip puree and crispy prosciutto.

At a media dinner, on Tuesday evening, we got to try a variety of tastes.

Here's a look:

The Burrata

The Burrata,a burrata di bufalo, arugula, black mission figs jam was a crowd pleaser. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The Burrata ,a burrata di bufalo, arugula, black mission figs jam was a crowd pleaser. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The Polpo

The Polpo, grilled Spanish octopus, arugula, garbanzo beans and Calabrian aioli was another tinnier--beautifully presented, tender and nicely flavored. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The Polpo, grilled Spanish octopus, arugula, garbanzo beans and Calabrian aioli was another tinnier--beautifully presented, tender and nicely flavored. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The Carbonara

The more traditional pasta offering were delightful including the Carbonara, pictured here, with peppered bacon, mascarpone cheese, butter glaze, egg yolk and fresh chives. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The more traditional pasta offering were delightful including the Carbonara, pictured here, with peppered bacon, mascarpone cheese, butter glaze, egg yolk and fresh chives. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The Mushroom Pizza

The menu features two pizzas both excellent. The Italian is topped with fontina cheese, sliced prosciutto, shaved parmesan a d mozzarella. The Mushroom, pictured above, features cremini mushrooms, fondue, fontina cheese, chives and truffle oil. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The menu features two pizzas both excellent. The Italian is topped with fontina cheese, sliced prosciutto, shaved parmesan a d mozzarella. The Mushroom, pictured above, features cremini mushrooms, fondue, fontina cheese, chives and truffle oil. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The comfortable space offers a casual neighborhood vibe with indoor seating for 95 (and open-air dining when the weather cooperates). Additional alfresco dining, and private event space for up to 30 is available along with a full bar.

Saba interior.

Saba interior.

In addition to the dishes pictured here, Saba’s new Lunch and Dinner menus reflect a delicious array of hot and cold appetizers, sandwiches, main dishes, pasta, pizza, salads, and side dishes, including a Portobello Panini at lunch  and Gnocchi al Pesto during dinner.

The new Brunch menu includes both sweet and savory breakfast items such as Banana Waffles topped with cookie butter and Nutella and Eggs Benedict on prosciutto plus authentic Italian plates.

Saba even has a Kid’s menu

All bottles of wine are half-priced on Wednesdays, plus there are rotating $5.95 happy hour cocktails from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Reservations are accepted on Open Table or by phoning 773-697-9273.  

About Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen:

Where: 2715 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
When: Saba is open seven days a week serving lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends. Hours are: Monday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Friday from 11:00 AM to midnight, Saturday from 10:00 AM to midnight (kitchen until 11:00 PM), and Sunday 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM (kitchen until 10:00 PM).

About One of a Kind Hospitality

Saba is part of the One of a Kind Hospitality group, founded by Esam Hani, a philanthropic restaurateur and native from the ever-growing and changing Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square. One of a Kind currently owns and operates the following food and beverage establishments: Café Con Leche, The Harding Tavern, Red Star Liquor, The Walk-In, Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen, and The Old Plank to opening soon.

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Some Good Bets

With Derby Day, just around the bend, Chicago will be pulling out all stops with Mint Juleps and lots more. Here's are two happenings:

Kentucky Derby Party at The Godfrey
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 12-8 p.m.

I|O Godfrey, the energetic, year-round rooftop restaurant and lounge at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, brings the Kentucky Derby to Chicago with its sixth annual Derby Day viewing event. Partygoers will enjoy southern-inspired food and drink, including a carving station and a frozen twist on a classic mint julep, the Derby Ice. Guests can have their bottle of Maker’s Mark custom-engraved on-site and enjoy a live mint wall where Derby fans can collect fresh mint for garnishing cocktails. Guests are encouraged to showcase their best Derby look for the event, as there will be prizes for “Best Hat” and “Best Dressed.”  Tickets start at $55 and may be purchased here.

I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, 127 W Huron St, Chicag0

An Art Inspired Cocktail for Derby Dayderbydayart

In honor of the Kentucky Derby, Travelle at The Langham (Wabash and the River) will feature the Decadent & Depraved cocktail inspired by Ralph Steadman’s “Kentucky Derby” (pictured above).

The art-inspired cocktail is made of Belle Meade Bourbon, peach tea syrup, crème de peche, lemon juice and a dash of rhubarb bitters, topped with mint.

Don't Forget Mom

The Real MVP. Michael Jordan’s Steak House,  (505 N Michigan) is celebrating all mothers with a special brunch menu. In honor of the day, the restaurant will offer a variety of specialty menu items that include Chef Rudy’s Chilaquiles with salsa verde, crema, queso fresco, over easy Slagel Farm eggs, and the option to add steak (additional $10); Wagyu Burger with secret sauce, lettuce, pickles, onions, widmer cheddar, and a sesame seed bun; Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles with Burton’s maple hot sauce, Belgian Waffle with whipped mascarpone and berries; Steak & Eggs with NY Strip, duck fat potatoes, and two Slagel Farms eggs; and Steak House Benedict with filet medallions, poached Slagel Farms eggs, hollandaise and asparagus with grilled sourdough bread.

Mother's Day Brunch at MJ's Steakhouse
Sunday May 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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