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Sassella, Santa Fe, NM

Sassella

4.8
4.8
1058 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–1:15 pm Sun 11:30 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–8:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 982-6734

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Cristian Pontiggia

  • Catering

    Please Contact: Izabella Conforti - General Manager bella@sassellasantafe.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please Contact: Izabella Conforti - General Manager bella@sassellasantafe.com

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Fe

  • Cross street

    North Guadalupe Street

  • Parking details

    Lot behind Sassella (marked spots ONLY) | Metered Parking on Griffin St, E Palace Ave, W San Francisco St | Parking Garage 216 W San Francisco | Sandoval St. Parking at Sassella is very limited. We encourage you to carpool or use rideshares.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Lensic Experience

    $75.00 per person

    Jun 2, 2022 only
    This special three-course prix-fixe menu is offered exclusively for The Lensic Performing Arts Center event guests to enjoy a pre-show dining experience. There is an additional optional wine pairing being offered along with the menu. Reservation times are available from 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM to ensure guests adequate time before the event start at 7:00 PM. Please be prepared to present your tickets upon arrival at Sassella. We look forward to you dining with us.
  • Lensic Experience

    $75.00 per person

    Jun 17, 2022 only
    This special three-course prix-fixe menu is offered exclusively for The Lensic Performing Arts Center event guests to enjoy a pre-show dining experience. There is an additional optional wine pairing being offered along with the menu. Reservation times are available from 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM to ensure guests adequate time before the event start. Please be prepared to present your tickets upon arrival at Sassella. We look forward to you dining with us.

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti

  • Eggplant Parmigiana$23.00

    Eggplant in pastella, marinara, parmesan, mozzarella, basil pesto

    • Le Cozze$24.00

      Mussels, spicy soppressata, white wine tomato pesto sauce

      • Pear Carpaccio$24.00

        Sliced Singo golden pear, Meredith Farms sheep and goat cheese, artichoke, encapsulated lemon and mango pearls, mint, pistachios, aged balsamic

        • Burrata e Tonno$25.00

          Yellowfin tuna tartar, olives, cucumber, house made burrata, tomato pesto, aioli dots

          • Affettati Misti$26.00

            Chef's board of prosciutto crudo, speck, coppa, salame Toscano, salame Calabrese, prosciutto cotto, parmesan, fontina, and provolone

            Insalate e Zuppe

            • Varro Salad$18.00

              Organic arugula, fresh grapes, cantaloupe, house made ricotta, crispy prosciutto crudo crumble, sea salt caramel pearls, honey dijon dressing

              • Ceasar a Modo Mio$18.00

                Romaine, parmesan crisp, focaccia crostini, white anchovies, capers, tonnato dressing

                • Mushroom Cappuccino$22.00

                  Porcini, cremini and white mushrooms, foie gras, white truffle foam, porcini dust

                  Primi

                  • Mushroom Carbonara$28.00

                    Spaghetti, pancetta, mushrooms, truffle essence, foamed parmesan, 63 degree sous-vide egg, Urfa chili

                    • Nero e Gamberi$28.00

                      Squid ink linguine, shrimp, spicy marinara, Calabrian chili oil, white wine, garlic, arugula

                      • Conchiglie Bolognese$28.00

                        Shell pasta, red wine, tomato sauce, vegetable mirepoix, garlic, ground buffalo, parmesan

                        • Lobster Risotto$35.00

                          In Lombardy risotto is a religion and no one does it better than Chef Pontiggia. Carnaroli rice, Maine lobster, asparagus, pistachio arugula pesto, fontina, parmesan

                          Secondi

                          • La Quaglia$43.00

                            Partially de-boned quail stuffed with sausage, red wine rosemary orange demi-glace, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes

                            • Scaloppine di Cinghiale$43.00

                              Wild boar scaloppine, cremini and porcini mushrooms, rosemary white wine fondo bruno, asparagus, edible soil, touch of cream

                              • White Seabass Mediterraneo$45.00

                                Seabass, sun-dried tomato and preserved lemon Mediterranean relish, gnocchetti alla Chiavennasca

                                • L'Agnello$45.00

                                  Lamb loin, pistachio, mint, parsley crust, chilled pea and carrot puree, dark chocolate, rösti potato, red wine demi-glace

                                  Last updated: April 28, 2022

                                  What 1,058 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                  4.8
                                  4.8 based on recent ratings
                                  • 4.8Food
                                  • 4.8Service
                                  • 4.7Ambience
                                  • 4.4Value

                                  NoiseModerate

                                  Loved For

                                  • New Mexico

                                    Notable Wine List

                                  • New Mexico

                                    Italian

                                  • Santa Fe / Mountains

                                    Best Food

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                                  1. d

                                    dougaldg

                                    San Francisco

                                    30 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    30 reviews

                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    First visit. Wonderful wine list and nice tasty selection of appetizers and primos.

                                  2. HN

                                    HNSurgeon

                                    Houston

                                    14 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    14 reviews

                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Elegant dining experience. I especially enjoyed the Caesar salad and the lobster risotto. They have an extensive but pricey wine list. Definitely will be back

                                  3. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Mexico

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    My husband and I came for dinner to celebrate his Birthday. We had a lovely time, the food was outstanding and great service. It is always wonderful to have things suggest in a new environment. I love the gastric mixed with traditional methods. We will definitely choose to dine at Saselle in the near future.

                                  4. D

                                    Dariusz71

                                    Seattle

                                    61 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    61 reviews

                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Spectacular sophisticated cocktails - AJ is not only a great mixologist but also an interesting conversationalist. Food to match :-)

                                  5. JP

                                    JPReagan

                                    Houston

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Couldn’t believe we got in on a Friday night with lay minute reservation

                                  6. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Las Vegas

                                    9 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This place is fabulous!

                                  7. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Los Angeles

                                    12 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    12 reviews

                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Wonderful restaurant. Great meal, great service, great evening.

                                  8. DH

                                    DierkH

                                    Portland

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Salad, entree and dessert were all flawlessly prepared & presented, and were absolutely delightful. The servers were consistently attentive and friendly.

                                  9. SS

                                    SusanS

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Lobster risotto and Cesar salad delicious … ended with double Tiramisu yum

                                  10. GF

                                    GFNMD

                                    Chicago

                                    66 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    66 reviews

                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Delicious vegetable/fruit salad and crispy quail, rich mushroom carbonara with good wines to match. Not rushed, allowed to casually have cocktails before orders being placed. Friendly and professional staff.

                                  11. WB

                                    WilliamB

                                    Central Coast

                                    13 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    13 reviews

                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great service and food

                                  12. NC

                                    NikkiC

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 15, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Everyone went above and beyond to make the entire experience unforgettable. I’m so proud that my son is part of the incredible team in the kitchen! Chef Christian is a genius!

                                  13. b

                                    bealofsf

                                    New Mexico

                                    16 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    16 reviews

                                    Dined on May 15, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent meal- tuna tartare with burrata and tomato relish, lobster risotto. Extensive Italian wine list. Service at its best

                                  14. PP

                                    PPXX3

                                    Orange County

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food and the drink were fabulous. Art, the server and Christian, the chef were very friendly. Christian came out and greeted us. He gave us a little background of himself. He was a chef at 4 seasons hotel before and then became a private Chef of George Clooney. The service was amazing. You could tell that he worked at 4 seasons before. The drink was very good in harmony and every dish we ordered was so good. Highly recommend this place and will definitely come back next time.

                                  15. AT

                                    ATLEd

                                    Atlanta

                                    37 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    37 reviews

                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Best meal I have had in Santa Fe. OUTSTANDING Italian cuisine, extensive Italian wine list and great cocktails. You could plop this restaurant down in Manhattan, San Francisco, New Orleans or any other great food city and it would instantly be one of the best and most talked-about places in town. Pretty space, superlative service, quiet Italian music. Simply could not be better.

                                  16. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Denver

                                    5 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Food was good, service was great. Would recommend.

                                  17. DL

                                    DonnaL

                                    New Mexico

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Wonderful food and service, lovely decor but be prepared to pay a lot for it!

                                  18. JM

                                    JMRC

                                    New Mexico

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Awesome experience! Excellent food and service. Loved the squid ink pasta.

                                  19. L

                                    Lila

                                    Pittsburgh

                                    27 reviews

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    27 reviews

                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                    overall3food3service5ambience5

                                    Main course was poorly thought out. Mushroom ravioli were good but the cheese sauce was gummy and there were bits of potato and cabbage added.

                                  20. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Dallas

                                    3 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on May 12, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Excellent, creative Italian dishes incorporating flavors and ingredients not often found at other establishments. Impeccable service. Friendly atmosphere without pretension. Great cocktails and wine list. We will return and definitely recommend to others!

                                  21. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Mexico

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 11, 2022

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    Wedding Anniversary

                                  22. J

                                    James

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We celebrated our 42nd anniversary at Sassella. We enjoyed everything. The service was great. The duck was delicious. I would recommend it to anyone.

                                  23. FR

                                    FoodReviewer

                                    New Mexico

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Simply wonderful

                                  24. A

                                    Annie

                                    New Mexico

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Mother's Day brunch was lovely. Pear carpaccio-incredible!

                                  25. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Washington DC

                                    3 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Dined for Mother's Day lunch. The prix fixe menu was outstanding. The food was as delicious as it was beautifully presented. If I could award Michelin stars I would give 5!!!

                                  26. L

                                    Lorena

                                    New Mexico

                                    31 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    31 reviews

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                    We ate here for Mother's day...an absolutely delicious prix fixe menu, that was a delight to the two Moms in our party. We love the food here, it is created with such care and attention to layers of taste and beautiful presentation. The service is great, with the same attention to detail and care. The servers are warm and welcoming, which is a wonderful thing that supports the enjoyment of the meal. The bar menu is super pricey (this is not the place for scotch, a disappointment to my husband), but the drinks are delicious. The bar tender came out and had a friendly conversation with my 89 year old dad, very nice! I like when a fine restaurant makes you feel at home.

                                  27. JP

                                    JanetP

                                    Seattle

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    We went for the prefix Mothers day dinner. Beautiful outdoor seating. Everyone was great, knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Food was delish! My only complication was that it was a long time between courses. I appreciate being able to savor the food but this was beyond that. Maybe extra busy for Mother’s Day. I would definitely try it again next time I’m in town.

                                  28. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New Mexico

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Everything was excellent.

                                  29. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Birthday. Excellent food and service.

                                  30. AO

                                    AdriaO

                                    San Diego

                                    6 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall3food5service2ambience3

                                    This is the first time we had visited Sassella but have a vacation home in town. We had already done fine dining locally and heard wonderful things about the quality of food here. We had kind of a mixed experience. Our dishes were exquisite, tasty and creative and beautifully plated - 100% delicious! Zero complaints about the food. The ambience was a little awkward. The two young hostesses did not greet us very well and had poor iContact and seemed unprofessional. The outdoor patio area didn’t seem complete. It lacked good lighting, and plants and even table decor so we sat in the bar which was quaint & nice. Our service, however, was not very good. She introduced herself as “new” and although she was sweet she was messy in appearance and distracted. One of our glasses was dirty with lipstick, they brought us the wrong bill, we had to ask several times for certain things so it was quite a mix overall. The food is expensive but like I said absolutely delicious and beautifully crafted and plated. Maybe we had just an off-but this place needs to work on the details if they’re going to charge that price. There are so many amazing restaurants in town that Have got the aesthetics down pat and also provide excellent food.

                                  31. b

                                    bboop

                                    San Diego

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food and ambience was wonderful. It was a great evening!

                                  32. FW

                                    FWdiner

                                    Dallas

                                    24 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    24 reviews

                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Sassella stands out even in restaurant-rich Santa Fe. Dumplings made from alligator and lobster made a unique and delicious appetizer. The wild boar medallions were spectacular. Service was friendly and knowledgeable with good recommendations throughout.

                                  33. BD

                                    BirdDogDad

                                    Las Vegas

                                    6 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Sassella is really expensive. And really worth it. It is the type of restaurant that everyone should enjoy at least once in a while, since there are very few like it any more. Service is impeccable, the sharply dressed waiters making every guest feel like a VIP. They are intimately knowledgeable about the food and the incredibly extensive wine list. The meals, the presentation, the atmosphere, and the quality all justify the expense. Rarely does a restaurant merit this kind of an investment in an evening out, but Sassella will retain a place of honor among our top meals of all time. That is rare praise, considering that we've enjoyed fine restaurants all over the world.

                                  34. B

                                    Bebe

                                    New Mexico

                                    12 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    12 reviews

                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This is a beautiful high-end restaurant which offers an interesting menu and drinks. The squid ink linguini with shrimp was fantastic and don't skip the wonderful caesar salad, a work of food art. The meat balls were also fantastic as well as the chocolate cake. Looking for a special night or lunch out, I highly recommend Sassella.

                                  35. MV

                                    MarisV

                                    Las Vegas

                                    7 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Terrific shrimp with squid ink pasta. Very good service.

                                  36. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Chicago

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food was amazing! We ate outside which was perfect and a beautiful night. The staff was very attentive and we couldn’t of had a better night

                                  37. P

                                    Penguin

                                    Washington DC

                                    95 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    95 reviews

                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Sassella continues to deliver breads and circuses at a very high level // Chef Cristian is very creative and the appetizer, entree and dessert choices reflect Chef's ability to develop remarkable courses that are delivered at a very high level // Staff is very attentive and work hard to meet the diner's needs and expectations // Cocktail choices and the wine list provide choices that are complementary to the food menu / One of the top 3 restaurants in SF //

                                  38. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Kansas City

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This was one of the best meal we had in years. The sea bass is to die for. The lobster risotto was amazing. The pear carpaccio is as festival of flavors. Definitely worth every penny!

                                  39. MK

                                    MaryKC

                                    Seattle

                                    18 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    18 reviews

                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                    overall5food5service3ambience5

                                    Amazingly beautiful and tasty food using a unique combination of flavors. We had a server glitch but the manager more than made up for it and that is the sign of a well managed restaurant. Just a lovely evening! We highly recommend.

                                  40. JC

                                    JudithC

                                    Los Angeles

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food and service were exceptional. Highly recommend this restaurant.

                                  Safety precautions

                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

                                  FAQs

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

                                  Sassella is rated 4.8 stars by 1058 OpenTable diners.

                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                  Experiences are available.
                                  Google Map for Sassella

                                  225 Johnson St Santa Fe, NM 87501

                                  Additional information

                                  • Cross street

                                    North Guadalupe Street

                                  • Neighborhood

                                    Santa Fe

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–1:15 pm Sun 11:30 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–8:15 pm

                                  • Cuisines

                                    Italian

                                  • Dining style

                                    Fine Dining

                                  • Dress code

                                    Business Casual

                                  • Parking details

                                    Lot behind Sassella (marked spots ONLY) | Metered Parking on Griffin St, E Palace Ave, W San Francisco St | Parking Garage 216 W San Francisco | Sandoval St. Parking at Sassella is very limited. We encourage you to carpool or use rideshares.

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive chef

                                    Chef Cristian Pontiggia

                                  • Additional

                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                  • Phone number

                                    (505) 982-6734

                                  • Catering

                                    Please Contact: Izabella Conforti - General Manager bella@sassellasantafe.com

                                  • Private party facilities

                                    Please Contact: Izabella Conforti - General Manager bella@sassellasantafe.com

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