Sapori Italian Restaurant
Sapori Italian Restaurant

Sapori Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://saporirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (586) 786-4674
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday 12pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Salvatore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sapori Italian Restaurant
Sapori Italian Restaurant began with one simple idea, create a comfortable environment where families can come and enjoy authentic Italian food. Sapori by definition means “Flavors.” Sapori’s concept is to reintroduce simple, flavorful, authentic Italian foods. True Italian food isn’t supposed to be complicated and is often improperly prepared! The Italian culinary experience began at home with family and friends coming together at the table and enjoying natural foods and tradition.

At Sapori, we strive to offer our guests the same experience. You can go anywhere and get a dish of pasta smothered in sauce and cheese but once you experience Italian made better… you will never go back! At Sapori, Chef Salvatore has assembled a menu of fresh flavors with the best ingredients. His classic Italian recipes have been perfected at his own restaurant in Italy and are now being shared with you at Sapori.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Sapori Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (29)romantic (17)good for groups (12)hot spot (11)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (7)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Hidden Gem!
    SalManzo1
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Fantastic dining at Sapori. The most authentic Sicilian dining I've ever had. Highly recommend for a complete dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Kawie01
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our party of 3 made reservations for 6:45 pm on a Friday night. Our table was ready on time buy the place was packed! Our service was wonderful. It wasn't extremely loud but not silent either just right. Main entrees came with both soup and salad. Chicken tortellini was delicious. I ordered the chicken parmigiana and it was by far the best I've ever eaten. 3 chicken breasts with a side of pasta. The chicken was tender enought to cut with a fork. Who doesn't love leftovers!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nonna's 84th Birthday Dinner
    LakeOrionDiner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The first time I visisted Sapori I thought my Mom would enjoy it for her birthday dinner. I made reservations for 7 on a Sunday evening. We arrived early and were seated immediatley infront of a toasty fireplace. The service was fantastic and most of us enjoyed our entrees. The two complaints were the veal was sliced paper thin for the Saltombocca and the sage butter gnocchi was flavorless but the waiter brought my daughter a side of pesto that made the dish much better. I look forward to dining there again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Marco was awesome! The food was great, a perfect evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Thank you, we had our anniversary dinner and it was phenomenal. I was a little anxious bringing my "food snob" Sicilian spouse out to dine at an Italian restaurant because he is always disappointed. This time he was very pleasantly surprised and somewhat impressed with the meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What Italian should be!
    VegFoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I am absolutely thrilled with Sapori. I took some advice from a friend and made reservations, so happy I did, we got right in. The atmosphere was charming and romantic and the food was amazing! The dishes were homemade and you can really tell love went into each and every bite. I definitely recommend this restaurant and will be returning soon. Being a vegetarian, I was pleasantly surprised at having some options here. While not labeled vegetarian, I did have several choices. I am very happy that they accept reservations. There are some restaurants that we love, yet are not usually willing to wait 45 minutes to get in. You will not leave hungry or disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JAKWashington
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had heard a lot of great things about this restaurant and visited on 10/25/14. Had a reservation and no problem with seating. First wine my wife and daughter ordered they were out of. Waitress made a recommendation that turned out well. Service was good and attentive. All meals come with soup and salad. The chicken tortellini soup had a bland taste. I upgrades to the Caesar salad for an additional $3 dollars. The dressing had no taste to it whatsoever. My wife's penne arrabiatta had a lot of water at the bottom where it appeared the noodles were not drained. I had a chicken pizziatto (chicken pizza) that was presented well but the sauce was very bitter. Disappointed and won't return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Southern Italian as it should be
    Sicilian
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food choices were excellent and the flavors like those of Southern Italy. Quantities and prices are very good. First time .... Far from home but will be back. Service was also very good ..we were a party of 8 and well taken care of and not made to rush even those the restaurant was very busy. Reservations recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appreciate fresh food?
    luv2dinebutnothere
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The main chef Sal is amazing! He takes such pride in having only the freshest of fresh foods in his restaurant. Nothing is frozen except their own made Gelato! :) Ingredients are not only fresh but the flavor of the dishes are outstanding. Unbelievable service too!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    SusanW
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I met four other friends to catch up. We had good service and food and they allowed us to linger and visit which we really appreciated. I am Gluten-free and they were wonderful regarding accommodating my needs and very knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food
    manga
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We hav dined at Sapori several times. Never disappointed. Anyone looking for great food made from natural ingredients should try it. We travel an hour to get there and always worth it. The staff is also very good. Chef Sal is an amazing chef , he always has a new dish that is worth trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best Pasta ever
    Dave
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Absolutely best pasta I have ever. Simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No point in a reservation.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My Husband and I waited 2 hours for a table, when we had a reservation. Nobody seemed to care that we had a reservation, and the manager did nothing about it. Unless you want to pay $20 for Pasta, don't waste your whole night waiting for a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait but worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The dining room is very small and they overbooked the dinner reservation. Out table was late 40 minutes past the 7 pm reservation. Overall the food is very good and the prices are reasonable. We'll return again but call first to verify reservation time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our 5th time here. Shocked that the food had no taste. Hesitant to refer to others. Possibly the place is too busy for them to operate smoothly. Very long waits without reservations. Not worth the wait. Totally not for foodies.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellente
    Rachelle0217
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was great, service was superb! Loved it!!! It is new in the neighborhood and we are so glad it is here!! Small, quaint, romantic, awesome food choices all home made.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A few of our friends had recommended Sapori's, and we are glad they did! Food was excellent and so was the service. Will definetly being going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Hautefemme
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Was still thinking about our great meal the next morning. Food was terrific, as was our waiter. The atmosphere was on the noisy side, and food would be too sophisticated for (our) kids. Super "date night;" get a sitter and go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    foodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have eaten at Sapori three times since it opened a few months ago. The food is fresh with a wide selection of Italian entrees. Entrees come with soup and salad. We leave full and take home enough for another meal with the leftovers.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    SusanW
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Our food was very tasty and beautifully displayed. My son in law is Italian and he said the food was just like his grandma used to make it. I have to eat a gluten-free diet and they were able to accommodate my diet perfectly. It was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SAPORI PLEASANT SURPRISE
    FOODGUY
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Sapori has just opened, went to try it out. Really had a good meal and a good time. Hope they do well. I will be going back. Very impressed with everything to do with it. My daughter is an executive chef so I've been around too many good restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Non drinker are treated poorly.
    Lookin4goodfoodnservice
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our third visit to Sapori. Our first two visits were exceptional. I cannot express my disappointment of our meal and service this most recent visit. The waiter rolled his eyes in disgust when we didn't order any wine or cocktails. Empty soup bowls and salad plates left in front of us as the bus boy slowly walked past three times. The waiter was not the least bit friendly, just very brief stops. The lemon sauce was ok, the veal was improperly prepared, very tough and dry. The couple next to us, and had a different waiter. They ordered a bottle of wine, their waiter was friendly and energetic, eager to refill their wine/water glasses. Was it the waiter or the lack of wine for our extremely poor service?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We've gone to this restaurant about 5 times now...never disappointed. The food is great the restaurant is beautifully decorated and clean. I've bought a few gift certificates for friends. I definitely would recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Italian Gem
    DiningNinja
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I'm so pleased to have a restaurant like Sapori so close to my home. The food is incredible... my mouth waters just writing this review thinking back to the delicious balance of flavor melded together in every dish we ordered. Presentation is lovely.... and the staff all genuinely care... a new favorite...authentic Italian at its best! !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bellisimo
    Fortunato
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been there several times and enjoyed each visit. Have taken many friends there and they have gone back many times al well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always superior
    ShelbySuzy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    You will never go wrong at Sapori! Food is consistently excellent. Service is superior, attentive but never hovering. Even on the evening of the hundred-year flood, the place was packed. A true testament to their quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    dflygurl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    amazing food, amazing service. We've never had a bad dining experience there, it gets better every time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • carol
    italianmama
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our friends recommended you restaurant as they dined there and raved about it. We came with those friends and another couple. The food was awesome, just enough of a serving that you didn't feel 'stuffed' after. The décor is beautiful also. My only recommendation is that you supply non alcoholic beer for those non drinkers. Also I thought $10 for a glass of wine alittle steep when my husband's top shelf vodka was less. Our overall experience was great and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    CabBB
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    From the food to the staff to the owners it's fabulous!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Italian Food
    SeasonalSampler
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had dinner here on a Sunday evening. The food was quite tasty. I had a chicken with artichoke pasta; my husband enjoyed a tomato-sauced pasta. We both agreed these pastas were a cut above. It was especially nice that a soup and a salad were included. We loved the soups. Service was just excellent- wish I remembered server's name. Good bread and fairly generous cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fair, fair
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Read a bunch of reviews and guess I was hoping for more.ordered two build your own pastas.the spaghetti I ordered either had too much sauce, or not enough noodles.bottle of wine we ordered first they were out of. Up priced to another bottle.pathway to restrooms was filled with carts of dirty dishes, forcing you to walk sideways to enter.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Nina
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We tried this new restaurant and found it to be very good. The menu offered a variety of items not normally seen on menus. Our group all tried something different and each said there dinner was very good. The salad was crisp and fresh and the house dressing was superb. The soups were also very tasty. The server was knowledgeable, attentive but not overbearing and added to our delightful evening. We would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Sapori Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A taste sensation!
    curlymom
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Flavors, textures, colors, presentation, aroma . . Everything was just delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Vastell
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food, sauces and choices. The chef is exceptional and have never been disappointed every time we come.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food, service, atmosphere
    cmd513
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had an absolutely wonderful meal here and we are not an easy group to please. Food was delicious, menu varied, service impeccable, owner a doll, BEST gelato I've ever had (and I've had a lot), prices are totally reasonable, great wine list, lively atmosphere, great for weekend dinner or casual weeknight bite or lunch. Patio on side of restaurant is perfect for summer eating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sapori
    gkp33VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Sapori Restaurant opened up not too long ago in our neighborhood. Finally found the time to try it. I was pleasantly surprised!! Very happy to have a Italian restaurant so close to home. It is simple and moderately priced, but a good value for your money. I opted for the lake perch, and it had a lemon butter caper sauce. Nice. Everyone else seemed pleased with their pasta choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I thought the food was very good, but the service was slow. I think the reason for the slow service was the fact that the waiter had too many tables and may have been inexperience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Sauces!!!
    Vastell
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This place should be tried for its sauces. Unbelievable taste in their sauces...! The staff was either too distracted or not as attentive as would be expected, but the entrees make up for the lack of attention. The bartender was great and the wine was very good. Very good food for the price!!! Would definitely try this place again for their entrees....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real Italian Food
    luvItalianFood
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I have lived in the USA for many years and visited many so called Italian Restaurants. When visiting Sapori Italian Restaurant not only I found a great, friendly atmosphere, but also I had a REAL ITALIAN meal! Great chefs!!! Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food is very fresh and delicious. Would go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.