Anniversary on the Love Boat, Day 2, Part 2: Sabatinis

After our nap, we showered and dressed in our best, even if we weren’t “dressed to Impress.” But we were dining at Sabatini’s and impressive dress was not required. Originally, Sabatini’s had a tasting menu and it was amazing. But they dropped the tasting menu part and replaced it with ala carte items.

On the Ruby Princess, Sabatini’s is located on the top deck overlooking the aft pool. On the Grand Princess, it was located off the Promenade next to other dining and lounge venues. We preferred the location on the Grand. I’m not really a fan of restaurants overlooking pools. Take the Yacht Club Steakhouse at Disney World, for example, or Buzios at the Rio in Las Vegas. When I’m dining in a nice restaurant, I don’t want to see people in their swimsuits chugging a beer – lol!

So, of course, we were seated at a table for two overlooking the pool and 2 guys in their shorts with beers. We ignored them and paid attention to the menu. Our waiter (Silviu from Romania) was wonderful – he even offered Rich another appetizer. Guess he looked hungry after he wolfed his down and I was still eating mine. 🙂

First, we were presented with bread and an olive oil/balsamic vinegar for dipping along with our glasses of Estancia Pinot Noir – so Pinot Noir, if you know what I mean. I’m craving more now.

A note on the wine from Rich:

2013 Estancia Pinot Noir, Monterey County

APPEARANCE
Ruby red in color

AROMA
Raspberry, baking spice, cigar box, black cherry, and oak

FLAVOR
Richly concentrated, jammy dark fruit

AWARDS
Gold Medal
– 2015 Sunset International Wine Competition

Rich:

Antipasti: White bean/mussel soup

Pasta: Short Rib Penne

Entree: Sea Bass

Dessert: Zabaglione

Kathy:

Salad: Shrimp Salad

Pasta: Seafood Spaghetti

Entree: Lobster Three Ways

Dessert: Tiramisu

Everything was scrumptious!!! Really everything on Princess was delicious. There was a $20 pp cover charge but it was well worth it. And, no, we don’t normally eat like this at home. Far from it.

Here are a few pics:

For the Table

olivesOlives, Prosciutto and Cracker

oliveoilOlive Oil/Balsamic Vinegar for Bread Dipping

wineEstancia Pinot Noir

RichdinnerAnticipating the Meal

Rich’s Dinner

soupWhite Bean Soup

ribpastaShort Rib Penne

seabassSea Bass

zabliogneZabaglione

Kathy’s Dinner:

whitebeanShrimp Salad

spaghettiSeafood Spaghetti

lobster2Lobster Three Ways

dessertChocolate Tiramisu

About Kathy

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