Italian restaurants are all about sharing food and good conversation with your tablemates, and Sabatini's is no exception. Princess' Tuscany-inspired eatery brings couples, families and friends closer together in a classy yet casual atmosphere, where dishes are served family style. Diners serve themselves via large platters, and while appetizers are free reign, we think it's okay to keep the main course to yourself.
Some ships feature a classic Sabatini's menu, while other are introducing a new menu of offerings called Sabatini's Trattoria.
Sabatini's identifies itself as Tuscany-inspired. While you won't see any exposed stone walls, brick ovens or wood-beam ceilings, you might notice simple touches like arched windows, stone pillars or paintings of Italian vistas. On most ships, the venue features understated decor with lighter earth tones, whimsical carpet and pops of color in the artwork and flowers. It's popular among couples, but you will also see more families and multigenerational groups (drawn to the family style of dining) than at the line's signature steakhouse.
The restaurant is open to all passengers for dinner, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It also hosts an exclusive breakfast for suite passengers that's much more quiet and reserved. Sabatini's is not open for lunch, but on select ships, it's another place to sit down and order complimentary pizza from Alfredo's (the line's signature pizza joint); the midday vibe is more casual and chatty than in the evening.
It's easy to fill up before the main course at Sabatini's on Princess Cruises. The restaurant has seemingly endless starters, including a variety of antipasti and pastas. Diners can kick off their meals with everything from tomato carpaccio and a prosciutto plate to calamari and penne with braised beef. Main courses include baked striped bass, shrimp caprese, a 10-ounce strip steak and chicken breast stuffed with eggplant. Rotating off-the-menu chef specials are available each night. After dinner, diners can indulge in dessert (which includes Italian delicacies and Norman Love chocolate treats) or a sweet liqueur. The latter comes with an additional fee.
For breakfast, suite passengers can enjoy dishes like eggs Benedict, smoked salmon with capers, French toast and waffles -- all paired with a complimentary mimosa using freshly squeezed orange juice.
For dinner, the cover charge at Trattoria is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children ages 3 to 12. The cover for the classic Sabatini's is $29 per person. Suite-passenger breakfast and pizza lunches are complimentary.
As of December 2017, the classic Sabatini's menu can be found on Crown, Diamond, Golden, Island, Pacific, Royal and Sapphire Princess; the new Trattoria menu is on Caribbean, Grand, Regal, Coral and Star Princess.
See photos of Sabatini's on Crown Princess.