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Sassella

4.6
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249 Reviews
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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.

Our goal during these unprecedented times is to ensure the safety of our staff and our guests alike. We will be adhering to strict safety and sanitation protocols and guidelines as outlined by the Governor's office . We encourage our guests to review our menus online in order to reduce the necessity of holding and sharing physical menus. For questions about our policies and procedures, we encourage you to call or email the restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 249 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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alaina
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Another delicious dinner on the patio, great service from the staff.
Best Italian in Santa Fe!

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RobynD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Best Italian experience in a very long time. Looking forward to going back.

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MEB1
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is about as good as it gets. Service is much like the service you would expect in a fine European restaurant, attentive but not overbearing. Food is a delight to the senses. Not only is it presented beautifully, it is superb! I had the radiatore with shrimp. Delightful, as was the first course of stuffed squash blossoms with three different fillings. Hated to see the evening end! Well worth the trip!

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Brendalini
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly wonderful experience. The ambience, food, service and safety precautions were all superb. I'll be back!

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ClaraP
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top quality food in a quiet setting. Service was professional and efficient. Enjoyed it very much.

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vipKathleenP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sassella has expanded the patio dining of the restaurant so it's one of the best places to dine in Santa Fe, especially when dining inside the restaurant is not possible. The patio accommodates a dozen tables, most of which are under an umbrella, tree or roof. My husband and I were greeted at the entrance, had our temperatures taken and show to our table. We were immediately asked about water (we ordered a bottle of Pelligrino). We ordered cocktails. My husband said his gin and tonic was the best gin and tonic he had ever had. I had a Negroni that was exceedingly well made. We ordered our meals, after which grilled bread was brought to the table along with little circular crackers. Both were homemade and delicious. The wait staff offered a first press virgin olive oil into which the bread could be dipped.

I ordered a salad and the tuna encrusted with sesame seeds with a side of asparagus. My husband ordered the eggplant parmesan and branzino. The food was fantastic. If I had to complain about anything, it was that the asparagus was cold.

The staff was attentive, hardworking and gracious. We were asked if we wanted more bread, and we asked for more. More was brought. We were surrounded by thunder and lightning. It rained but not hard enough to cause us to get wet. A memorable dinner for my husband's birthday.

The ambiance is relax and lovely with decorative sculpture of horses and ceramic balls. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The wine list has many glasses that aren’t any more expensive than most restaurants. I didn’t look at the price of bottles.
The food was delicious and artfully presented. So I don’t know how the restaurant is doing, but we had a most enjoyable meal. It’s not inexpensive, but we’ll go there again for my birthday. I gave a 25% tip in consideration of the staff working in the rain and because we had such a lovely evening.

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vippajaritomt
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have been impressed with Sassella since it opened. The food is expensive but delicious and truly represented the cuisine of Northern Italy. We went there recently and ordered the specials: Mozzarella di Buffola, freshly made and served with orange slices and pistachios. Delicious. We ordered the pork chop cooked in a batter. It was apparently added to the menu in place of the the veal on previous visits. But the pork chop was dry and a bit tough. Tough, dry pork chops are a national problem in the US due to the fact that pigs are not fattened like they were in the past. In the past I ordered the veal which was much more tender than the pork. I had hoped that Sassela had found a new source of tender pork chops, but it had not.
The menu at Cassella is smaller than in the past, I presume due to the fact that fewer people are dining out these days. There were other items on the menu which I could have tried instead of the pork and next time I will choose other items, but with fewer items on the menu, that makes it difficult to find a choice one enjoys.
We will continue to go to Sassella because it is still the best Italian restaurant in Santa Fe. But I will not order a pork chop.

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qfoodie
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative menu, great service and lovely and uncrowded patio. We hope to go back soon.

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MichaelM
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food... nice setting... professional staff. TWO THUMBS UP.

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vipjohnbagwell
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all respects. Superb food. Very well prepared. Service as good as you have ever exported

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BenM
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience. Food and drink were great. Service was impecable. Mary was great!!

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vipSFFred
New Mexico
63 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a superb warm Santa Fe summer evening experience! Tables on the patio were spaced far apart and the restaurant was not crowded. As usual, the food and service were excellent! Duck breast confit and the evening special--squid ink spaghetti with calamari and shrimp--were delicious! This is a great place to go anytime but for safe outdoor dining during this difficult summer, there is no better choice.

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JeromeN
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality dining in a tranquil setting with comfortable outdoor seating. Food was excellent, and service to match

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vipPenguin
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great and unique meal at Sassella // Menu for lunch goes from light to big and complex flavors // Outdoor dining area is wonderful and comfortable // Service is outstanding //

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Middle of the road food, expensive, very good wine list, nice patio dining. Not high on the list of places to which we would return.

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vipToddS
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Good, but not great. Food was good, nothing that made you go "oh my god". Service was below expectations. Beautiful restaurant and outdoor patio. For the price, I expected to be wowed and was not.

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vipJackM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and good was delicious! We will go back.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. The wait staff are attentive and the food and wine wine were excellent. We will be coming back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun Negroni flight! Amazing lunch on a beautiful patio.

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vipShellyB
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to the virus we rarely dine out. But with special friends we dined at Sassella as the chef, Christian, is excellent and it would be our reprieve from isolation. We were not disappointed. The restaurant has taken great measures to ensure safety and sanitary conditions. Dining outside we had a wonderful experience. And Daric the bartender treated us to a special welcome. Christian and his staff do a marvelous job and we were all extremely happy with our choice. I highly recommend it and will go back soon.

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SuzanneS
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service!

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vippajaritomt
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have become devoted fans of this outstanding Italian Restaurant. We love the quality ingredients, the excellent selections of wines and cocktails, and the perfection of every part of the service. Our waiter had already checked our profile with them from our previous visit and knew that my husband was allergic to nuts.

I spent a few months in Northern Italy many years ago and came to love the food there. Sassella embodies the flavors and nuances of Northern Italy and has become a favorite for us. We hope to return many times.

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loppy
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We split the brasoala app, and then had the fungi flatbread and eggplant dish for lunch. All were delicious and the outside courtyard was well arranged for enjoyable, well spaced dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Dallas and visit Sassella each time we’re in town, which is at least 3 times a year. The food is always amazing, as is the service. The staff wore the clear face shields which made the experience so much more personal than masks. Love it- every time!

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vipSantaFeDiner
New Mexico
30 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delight sitting on the outdoor patio at Sassella for lunch. I was very glad to see they are taking safety very seriously during this crazy time of COVID-19. The service, food, and ambience was superior as always.

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vipChrisM
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the service was fabulous. We’ll be going back again and again.

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Guruofgroceries
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first visit.The wait staff was friendly and professional.
We had a range of items between 4 of us.All dishes were creative and delicious. I particularly liked the Caesar presentation and the veal chop.I have half of that chop in my fridge!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and professional service. Great outdoor patio and very spread out!

CA
vipCarlA
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Caesar salad was presented extremely well and was.very tasty. The Nodino di Vitello although not medium rare plus as indicated by the waiter, was superb. It was very well presented with terrific potatoes and Asparagus.
The Tiramisu was very unique in its presentation and very delicious.
The wait staff was very attentive and did a great job.
Keep it up.
Carl and Linda

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vipMarciaL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sassella is well on its way to becoming real competition with the Old Guard of great Santa Fe restaurants. The lush garden Setting sets an elevated standard for patio dining. The wait staff is exceptional. The mixologist makes world class gin cocktails, and much more. The chef presents the prettiest plates in town. The food is very good indeed, although the menu is limited currently. One flaw was very little octopus on a very large plate. But my granddaughter’s flatiron steak was exceptional and the chef happily made an off-menu pasta for a picky eater.

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vipMichaelC
New Mexico
26 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The lovely hostess started the evening off right. The patio ambience is very pleasant. The service was unobtrusive and on top of things. Now as to the food, they try hard, but it certainly isn't close to the best Italian I've ever had, nor did I think it justified the pricing. The restaurant isn't yet in the category of Geronimo or the Coyote Cafe in my opinion.

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vipBeverlyP
San Antonio
43 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to dine at Sassella. The food was exceptional and the service impeccable. We will definitely come back. An elegant restaurant to take our guest to.

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vipMaryF
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific waiter...very helpful and attentive.

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vipCanisLupis
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dined at Sassella in Santa Fe last week and had an wonderful time. This is a truly an exceptional restaurant and a great experience that should not be missed.

The restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful and has a wonderful ambiance. The food is to die for and you will find some very creative and incredible tasting things to try that cannot be found anywhere else.

I would also add that the service, and especially our server Billy, was phenomenal.

Sassella has really raised the bar and set a new standard for what a restaurant can do and how great an evening out dining can be.

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vipNavajoGal
New Mexico
62 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with beautiful delicious food

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JackS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

There were only three tables of customers while we were there. The waiter was excellent throughout. Management comp'd two Osso Bucco meals which were awful with tough, grisley and inedible meat over the thinnest possible layering of mashed potatoes. The kitchen staff rated a zero for putting out for delivery to the table these two meals.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If only I can give 6 stars for their service... Today's food is a bit greasy though, but the dessert is still amazing.

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vipBecky
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful & unusual food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The service was beyond excellent and the ambience wonderful! However, the entrées, admittedly for restaurant week unlimited, we’re nothing to write home about. They weren’t bad but they weren’t exciting.

FAQs

Sassella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 982-6734.

Sassella is rated 4.6 stars by 249 OpenTable diners.

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