The weather is (finally!) warming up, which means one thing: summer is on its way. Summer brings the promise of picnics, trips to the bach and—of course—Christmas. And, as every good foodie knows, none of these would be complete without copious amounts of divine food. This is where Sabato comes in.
Located in Mt Eden, the fine food store is your one-stop shop for all things delicious. Think decadent chocolate, flavoursome sauces, comforting pasta and more cheeses than you can poke a stick at. Yep, heaven IS a place on earth.
Tucked off Normanby Road, Sabato is the brainchild of Phil and Jacqui Dixon who have been sourcing the world’s tastiest treats since ’93. Sabato specialises in goodies from Italy, Spain and France—as well as hand-picked New Zealand products. Most of the suppliers are small businesses who use traditional methods of production. The result? Incredible artisan products that are all sorts of delish.
Step inside and the friendly folk will be quick to offer you a complimentary cuppa (and a nibble of whatever’s baking in the oven). You’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled upon a pirate’s treasure trove as you wander the aisles stacked high with irresistible delights—the shop is delightful.
Let yourself be drawn to the delicatessen where their on-site cheesemonger Calum (he’s a total cheesexpert) is only too happy to share his knowledge… and give you samples! He’s got all your faves including blue, mozzarella, edam, halloumi and to-die-for Parmigiano Reggiano that’s imported from Italy as a mammoth 40kg wheel.
Be sure to try their seasonal New Zealand cheeses—many of which are exclusive to Sabato. We can’t go past the oh-so creamy cow’s milk Robiolino and much-loved ‘cheese with no name’ showcasing pasteurised sheep’s milk. And, trust us when we say, the mousse-like Tenara goat’s milk cheese is not to be missed—don’t let the encompassing black bacteria put you off!
Summer entertaining is a breeze with Sabato’s antipasto indulgences. Build a platter with prosciutto, olives, anchovies, nuts… the list goes on. Be sure to include Sabato’s signature chutney, pesto and bruschetta, handcrafted with love and packed with flavour. Our advice? Impress guests with crostini topped with dill and almond pesto.
But the deliciousness doesn’t stop there. Sabato’s artisan pasta range showcases everything from pappardelle to gnocchi. Pair with a jar of their handcrafted sauces and you’ve got a delish meal in an instant. Grab a bottle (or two) of their oils and vinegars... and nab a bag of crunchy truffle chips—they’re divine.
No visit to Sabato is complete without checking out their incredible chocolate and confectionery collection. You’ll find Valrhona chocolate (the chocolate used to make Miann’s creations) as well as liquorice, jellies and pastilles. These delights are perfect for Christmas gifting—provided you don’t eat ‘em all first!
Speaking of Christmas, Sabato gets into the festive spirit in the most delicious way. Come November, Sabato turns into a tasty Christmas wonderland. Sink your teeth into Italian and Spanish nougat brimming with nuts, honey and candied fruit. Embrace a true Italian Christmas with handmade panforte or a traditional panettone from Sabato. The moist cake is flavoured with candied orange and raisins and the Glassato version comes with a nutty sugar glaze.
There’s no doubt about it: Sabato is making summer a whooole lot tastier. See what the hype is all about at the Mt Eden store or shop online. This foodie paradise is not to be missed.
Image credit: Siobhan Mitchel