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Every city should have a sausage purveyor like Sabatino's. But the fact that there's one in Newport Beach is good for one and all. Get the World Famous Sizzling Sausage Platter, a goat-cheese-stuffed homemade sausage presented on a searing cast-iron skillet with bell peppers and onions. Sabatino's is Orange County's most glorious example of artisan sausage-making. They have perfectly browned casing, and the juices oozing forth from the slits sliced into the sausage. Witness now that the juices are actually molten cheese -- salty, tangy and running toward their sizzling fate on the searing-hot skillet. The sheeps-cheese studded, parsley-packed, red pepper-flecked pork sausage stands so far above any other that I confidently say it's the finest Italian sausage in America, better than any in the Italian-American stronghold of New York where I grew up.
The Sabatino family hails from Chicago, that hog butcher for the world, so it's no surprise it knows its way with sausage. What's surprising is how Sabatino's Sausage Co. has managed to stay in business over the decades while hidden in two obscure Newport Beach storefronts. Find your way to the original, waterfront, red-checked-tableclothed Italian-American restaurant. Order the sausage and bell pepper "appetizer," a massive sizzling-cast-iron platter that comes out with a hissing length of... More »
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