Sassella

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Italian
The name “Sassella” comes from a hamlet of 60 residents known for its vineyards near where Chef Cristian Pontiggia grew up. In addition to working at two Michelin Star restaurants in Europe, Lombardy native Chef Cristian Pontiggia has received several awards from La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society. The Italian government recognizes him as a Master Chef, and he holds a culinary degree that certifies him as a Doctor of Enogastronomy.
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New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 people enjoyed appetizers, 2 main course dinners as well as cocktails & wine. GREAT food!!! Wonderful service & beautiful ambience. Now our fav in Santa Fe.

Sassella
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you. It is always a pleasure to serve you. Best regards, Marci@sassellasantafe ~ Maitre d'

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AM
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our dinner at Sassella met all our high expectations.

Sassella
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you. It is always a pleasure to serve you. Best regards, Marci@sassellasantafe ~ Maitre d'

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KC
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fab food ...exquisite presentation and great service. Little pricey but that’s Santa Fe!

P
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were at Sassella for a birthday celebration. It was all very good. Excellent service, food, and spirits. We will be back!!

Sassella
Responded on January 12, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to serving you again soon. Warms Regards, Marci@sassellasantafe ~Maitre d'

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E
New Mexico
41 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent in preparation and taste. But our service from Michelle was nothing short of outstanding.All three of us at dinner felt the same about the food and service. We will go back soon and often.

Sassella
Responded on January 12, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to serving you again soon. Warms Regards, Marci@sassellasantafe ~Maitre d'

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CC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate dinner late on New Years Eve. Theoretically one would expect everyone to be slap dash and exhausted. Far from it! The main courses were both superb: Sea bass in a sauce with carmelized onion and true medium rare beef tenderloin. Of course there are misfires as there are in any restaurant reaching for the stars. But the bullseyes more than make up.

L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve lovely experience. Pricey but excellent. Great gin menu

c
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was our second time to dine at Sassella. We celebrated my wife's birthday in late October and had a wonderful time and found the food to be wonderful.

With NYE approaching and friends visiting from out of state, we decided to book again. The restaurant was never completely full, but very energetic. Service was very good, although spotty after the amuse bouche and antipasti. I think that was due to the kitchen getting backed up as I heard servers apologizing for delays between the antipasti and the secondi. Our guests enjoyed their meals, though one had to send his ravioli back as the center was cold. My pork loin was, strangely, burned/carmelized on one side (the side against the plate) and I had copious amounts of gravy (which was very good). The loin was still tasty but I am thinking a mishap occurred. Dessert was amazing.

DA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Fantastic food, impeccable service. Highly recommend!

Sassella
Responded on January 12, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to serving you again soon. Warms Regards, Marci@sassellasantafe ~Maitre d'

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WB
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. First visit to Sassella. , but definitely not the last! First ,the decor and ambiance was welcoming. Then our waiter Billy was excellent. He was so friendly and knowledgable on the menu including the wine list. I would recommend the Pumpkin Gnocchi to start the meal. Our group enjoyed the Nodino Di Maiale (pork chop) and Veal Osso Buco. The Pasticinni is a great dessert to share.

Great wine list.

Sassella is a great addition to the Santa Fe restaurant scene.

JY
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Very knowledgeable waitstaff. Will definitely be back.

Sassella
Responded on January 12, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to serving you again soon. Warms Regards, Marci@sassellasantafe ~Maitre d'

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New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m so lucky to live in Santa Fe and treat special people in my life to dinner at a restaurant as wonderful as Sassella!!!!
Derrick, the nicest bartender ever made my daughter a beautiful lavender vodka drink of his own creation. It sparkled on the rocks with a splash of fresh lavender and tasted yummy! Proseco for me and an Italian red wine for my other guest ... we were all so happy!
We ordered the oysters first and the chef surprised us with 3 extra oysters on the house with a special caviar that looked like tiny green beads and tasted amazing! Thank you Chef!
The veal Osso Bucco for me and two nightly Italian pasta specials for my guests all were delicious!
Lastly, the dark chocolate dome dessert and a mocha cake along with a cappuccino for my daughter and an espresso for me were the perfect sweet ending to an amazing dinner.

Sassella
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful review and for mentioning your highlights. It is always a pleasure to serve you. Best regards, Marci@sassellasantafe ~ Maitre d'

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New Mexico
370 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very limited choice at lunch. Food was good as was the service.

Sassella
Responded on January 11, 2020

We will be serving our regular lunch menu with all options in spring. In winter we offer 2 soups, 3 salads, our affettati misti, 4 flatbreads and 4 sandwiches. We will also be happy to prepare any of our dinner menu items if requested. If you have any questions please contact marci@sassellasantafe `Maitre d'

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sassella is outstanding. The food was exquisite and the service was exceptional, and as a former restaurant critic for 15 years, I don’t hand out praise like that lightly.

Sassella
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave Sassella a review. We look forward to you dining with us again soon. Happy Holidays, Marci Kokin~Maitre d'~Marci@sassellasantafe

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RB
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our dinner was prix fixe Christmas Eve. The restaurant is beautifully designed and the staff attentive without being intrusive and courteous. The food was good, but the portions were monstrous. If you’re doing the classic Italian dinner — antipasto, primi, secondi — as Sassella was that night, then the portions, especially the first two, need to be more modest in size. I’ve dined in Tuscany, Venezia, Friuli Giulia and the servings were much smaller. The flavors were good, if a bit salty, but I found the sauce to overwhelm the bone-in pork loin, which was the size of a tomahawk steak. Great service, good food, but way too much.

Sassella
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful review. It was a pleasure having you dine with us on Christmas Eve. I dropped your pasticcini off at your hotel. I hope they made it to you. Thank you again and hope to see you at Sassella when you're visiting Santa Fe next.

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DI
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fixed price dinner on Christmas Eve offered great selections.
Oysters were a hit. So was the Rice Risotto.
Food was slow in coming out of the Kitchen.
Noise level was terrible. Two big parties on the upper level made dinning unpleasant.
Would go back again when it is possible to dine outside.

CR
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waiter messed up one person’s order and they sat waiting for the new plate while others ate. Food arrived maybe 15 minutes later. Restaurant apologized but no offer of free dessert or anything for the mishap. The waitstaff tries to be uncomfortably formal and it comes off weird. Overall food quality was good but the evening was off and there are other places in Santa Fe to dine that are better for the price. Trattoria a Mano beats this place hands down—-and it’s a cramped dining experience. I think this building is hexed—-lots of restaurant turnover and all marginal dining experiences, Georgia and Maize being the most recent.

Sassella
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate all feedback. Unfortunately mistakes do happen and I believe we did fix the mistake as soon as possible, as well as offer your table of 4 dessert. I apologize for any misunderstanding. Happy Holidays. Sincerely, Marci Kokin~Maitre d'~ email:Marci@sassellasantafe

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A
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Small menu. Bread is good, appetizer was fine, server was initially attentive. After taking our order disappeared for over 40 minutes (too long of a wait for 3 simple pasta dishes). Mar mero was below average, penne al barbera undercooked. But the place has elegant design and upscale atmosphere.

Sassella
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback. We do have four or five choices for each of our four courses plus daily features. Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you again. If I can be of any assistance please email me at marci@sassellasantafe ~Marci Kokin Maitre d'

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AM
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, eating at Sassella is a wonderful experience of fine food and fine surroundings. Every now and then it is a bit noisy. That evening was one of those. However, this evening the noise level was quite appropriate. This is a problem for all restaurants in Santa Fe, and elsewhere, and cannot be held against them. In any case, the food makes up for any noise.

Sassella
Responded on December 21, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review . It is always a pleasure to have you dine with us. We look forward to serving you again. Happy Holidays.Warm Regards, ~Marci Kokin `Maitre d~marci@sassellasantafe

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Bad lighting that could not be dimmed; somewhat inattentive service; food was hit and miss—some very good, some not; very expensive for the quality of the overall experience.

Sassella
Responded on December 21, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review . We appreciate all feedback. The lighting in the area of the restaurant you were is seated in has been addressed as other diners also mentioned it was bright. As far as your other disappointments I do apologize they werent addressed while you were here. I do hope you will give Sassella another try. If I can be of assistance in the future, please email me at marci@sassellasantafe ~Marci Kokin ~ Maitre d'

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday at Sasella, it was a terrific evening! Excellent service and great food!

Sassella
Responded on December 21, 2019

I am so happy you had a terrific time dining at Sassella. Thank you for celebrating with us and for taking the time to leave us a review. Happy Holidays, Sincerely, Marci Kokin ~Maitre d'

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M
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were looking forward to this dinner for a month! I booked the dinner since my other half has been wanting to come here since it opened. We live in another state so it was special. The meal experience and staff were fantastic! The burrata procuitto salad was heaven! My meal wasn't as great as I'd have liked (Waygu bolognese) but that can happen anywhere you go. My mate loved his meal and since we were celebrating him I was happy.
We would definitely come back if we are in town.

Sassella
Responded on December 21, 2019

We are happy you enjoyed dining at Sassella. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review. We look forward to seeing you in again soon. Warm Regards, Marci Kokin ~Maitre d'

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SF
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I had high expectations but was underwhelmed by our whole
experience. The staff were very good.
We sent one of our entrees back. The rest
of the 3 meals were OK. Nothing special.

Sassella
Responded on December 21, 2019

I am sorry to read that your dining experience here was anything less than wonderful. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate all feedback. Sincerely, Marci Kokin ~ Maitre d' ~marci@sassellasantafe

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the fixed price Thanksgiving dinner and it was just excellent! I’m sure we’ll go back to try the regular menu, and this has great potential to become a thanksgiving tradition!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Neal. Wonderful service and delicious food!

CM
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was exceptional!

Sassella
Responded on December 14, 2019

Cathy, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Sincerely, Marci Kokin ~Maitre d'

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SH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sharing Thanksgiving dinner with Sassella was the highlight of our vacation to Santa Fe. The taste combinations of the pumpkin soup, the fresh salad, and especially the turkey dish were delightful, novel, and just the right portion sizes. Our server was delightful and we learned some of the fine points of the french cooking techniques the chef had used to prepare the apples used in the salad. We would highly recommend including a meal at Sassella as part of your adventure in Santa Fe.

Sassella
Responded on December 14, 2019

Thank you for spending your holiday with us. I am so happy you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We look forward to serving you again on your next visit to Santa Fe. Happy Holidays & Warm Regards, Marci Kokin ~Maitre d' ~marci@sassellasantafe

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NK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Understandably a gourmet meal should not be rushed. The food was wonderful with almost great service. We had 2:00 reservations. The couple at the table behind us left and shortly after a new couple arrived. They were served their meal and almost had received their dessert when our’s arrived. We scratched our heads trying to figure out how they had received such fast service. The waitress gave us a 10% discount, but in a restaurant such as yours there should not have been a need for that. We had a wonderful time, but the service was slow.

Sassella
Responded on December 14, 2019

Hello Nancy Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your feedback. I am happy you enjoyed your meal and I have taken note of your timing preference. Happy Holidays and we hope to serve you again. Warm Regards, Marci Kokin~Maitre d'~marci@sassellasantafe

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PS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate our Thanksgiving Day meal at Sassella and once again, the food was fabulous, the waitstaff, friendly, knowledgeable and excited about the menu, and the atmosphere festive. My husband went with the "traditional" turkey rolade that had a very tasty Italian sausage stuffing and crispy green beans. The beans were breaded and fried and absolutely delicious. I opted for the pumpkin ravioli as my primi and Nonna's Eggplant Parmesan and both were outstanding. Our desserts were over-the-top in presentation and taste. The hot ganache poured over the chocolate shell filled with pumpkin ice cream was out of this world. Though Sassella may seem a bit on the expensive side, it is worth the experience.

Sassella
Responded on December 14, 2019

Thank you for spending your holiday with us and for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. I am happy you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We look forward to serving you again . Happy Holidays & Warm Regards, Marci Kokin ~Maitre d' ~marci@sassellasantafe

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JW
Berlin
85 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at Sassella since it opened. The price fixed menu had good choices for each course. The pumpkin soup and pumpkin ravioli were excellent. I followed with the lamb Milanese and my wife had the salman. Both were good but somewhat bland. The service was excellent.

Sassella
Responded on December 14, 2019

Thank you for spending your holiday with us and for taking time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback Hope to serve you again soon. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance. Happy Holidays & Warm Regards, Marci Kokin ~Maitre d' ~marci@sassellasantafe

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SF
New Mexico
57 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely superb meal along with superb service. The sea bass, the wild boar special, and the pasta special were all excellent as was the chocolate dome dessert. Very friendly, helpful staff as well as comfortable seating and just the right amount of table space for four people.

Sassella
Responded on December 8, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a thoughtful review! I am hoping to get the Wild Boar Special on the menu. It really is outstanding. Please contact me if I can be of assistance in the future. Happy Holidays. Marci Kokin~ Maitre d' . marci@sassellasantafe

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R
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm glad to see that a restaurant with potential is finally in this space. The last two occupants disappointed with their menus and service.

Sassella
Responded on December 8, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are looking forward to many years of wonderful fine italian food and wine. Happy Holidays. Marci Kokin~ Maitre d'

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JM
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Beautiful decor!

Sassella
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave Sassella a review. Sincerely, Marci Kokin Maitre d' ~marci@sassellasantafe

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SF
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started at the bar with Gin cocktails and Martinis. Mary and Derek make a perfect team. The have a massive Gin and Gin cocktail sellection. Really liked the Lavender, which had barely a hint of Lavender.  Bar has 20 seats surrounded by hightops. Inviting, cozy but yet still has an open feel. On to the dinning room. Elegant but not stuffy. Plenty of elbow room, you are not on top of your neighbors. Now for the main show. Bread bowl, charred and delicious. We tried all the salads. Large, perfectly dressed and delicious. We all had pasta. Daily specials with sous vide egg to die for. Clean plates all around. Chocolate volcano perfect to share. Service impeccable. The creator of Sazon is putting Santa Fe back on the culinary map.  We really needed this. Thank you!

Sassella
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful review. We are so happy you had a wonderful time. We look forward to serving you many wonderful cocktails and meal for years to come. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in the future. Best, Marci Kokin Maitre d' ~ marci@sassellasantafe

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r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef and his staff are doing a wonderful job. We are lucky to have Sassella in Santa Fe!

Sassella
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave Sassella a review. We look forward to serving you again soon. Sincerely, Marci Kokin Maitre d' ~marci@sassellasantafe

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Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Fantastic table service from Michelle and others. Food was acceptable but not for the price. Great wine selection and well served. VERY noisy; tough to have a table conversation, so would not return.

Sassella
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave Sassella a review. We appreciate all feedback. We acknowledged our dining room had a loud vibration of sound which has been addressed and a markable difference has been made. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in the future. Sincerely, Marci Kokin Maitre d ~ marci@sassellasantafe

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful food and service will definitely go back again

Sassella
Responded on November 15, 2019

I am happy you had a wonderful time at Sassella. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Sincerely, Marci Kokin ~Maitre d'

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M
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed Sassella very much. The ambiance is elegant; the food is delicious. The service was knowledgeable and friendly. Very nice considering they have only been open 4 months.

Sassella
Responded on November 15, 2019

Michael, I am happy you enjoyed dining at Sassella. We look forward to serving you again. Please contact me directly if I can be of assistance in the future. Warm regards, Marci Kokin~Maitre d' ~marci@sassellasantafe

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J
Dallas
132 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really liked it! Our server was amazing. It was a quiet place and you could actually talk to your dinner partner! The cheese/meat board was big and great! A meal in itself!

Sassella
Responded on November 12, 2019

Dear Janet, Thank you for taking the time to leave Sassella a review.I am so glad you enjoyed your evening. We look forward to serving you again soon. Sincerely, Marci Kokin ~Maitre d' At Sassella ~marci@sassellasantafe

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LC
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The wait staff are fabulous, but the food is overpriced and mediocre. I sent my penne pasta back - undercooked, over salted, and visually unappealing. The chef eventually came out, didn't apologize, and sullenly asked me if I wanted the replacement "softer", implying that I didn't know enough to appreciate "al dente". Well it wasn't "al dente", it was just hard! He had an attitude that was totally uncalled for. My partner ordered gnocchi to start and they were rather unpleasant tasting. So between the two of us, we agreed we would not go back!!!!