Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen (2715 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is the latest addition to Milwaukee Ave’s restaurant row. This Italian venture is held by the same ownership responsible for Logan Square stalwarts: Harding Tavern, Walk-In, and Red Star Liquors. Situated a block away from The Logan Theater, Saba is a prime candidate to be a top dinner and movie option, especially since there is a drought of Italian cuisine places in the neighborhood. Groups are easily accommodated as well, as the restaurant fits a cozy 90 people.
I went with a hungry group of four, so we had the chance to try multiple options. The small plates feature plenty for sharing, as we ordered the cod arancini, mortadella zeppole and charcuterie plate to start. Each small plate was a delicious sample of Italian fare with a modern take. However, the clear standout of the starters was a delicious lamb pizza that featured braised lamb, pea ricotta and za’atar yogurt.
There are numerous pasta options on the menu including gnocchi, cavatelli and tagliatelle. I opted for the daily special, lamb corzetti. When questioned about the size of the portions, our server replied, “not too big, not too small.” He was spot on, as the corzetti was a perfect quantity of disc-shaped pasta with a flavorful lamb and tomato sauce.
Saba is a solid casual dinner spot that is modestly priced and sure to satisfy that gourmet Italian craving without breaking the bank. I would definitely go back for the lamb dishes alone, but I look forward to revisiting and trying more on the menu.