Calling all Auckland foodies. Heaven IS a place on earth and it’s located in Mt Eden. If you’re all about copious amounts of cheese, chocolate resembling pieces of art, and platters stacked high with moreish goodies, Sabato (aka Auckland’s most incredible store, like, ever) is the place for you.
Yep, that’s right. This fine food
store heaven imports artisan European goodies for your eating pleasure. They specialise in products from Italy, Spain and France—as well as hand-picked New Zealand products.
Better yet, most of the suppliers are small businesses who use traditional methods of production. The result? Incredible artisan products that are all sorts of delish.
Tucked away off Normanby Road, Sabato is the brainchild of Phil and Jacqui Dixon who have been sourcing the world’s most-delish fine food since ’93. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by the smell of freshly brewed coffee and baked goodies. The open-plan store makes for easy wandering with soft jazz music creating a relaxed ambiance.
The friendly folk will be quick to offer you a complimentary cuppa (and a nibble of pie/lasagne/whatever’s baking away in the oven) as you wander the aisles stacked high with irresistible goodies. It’s like stumbling upon a pirate’s treasure trove where you could happily spend hours eyeing up all the treats on offer.
Sabato has more cheese than you can poke a stick at. Their on-site cheesemonger Calum (aka a total cheese expert) is only too happy to share his wealth of knowledge…and give you several samples!
They’ve 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 the much-loved ‘cheese with no name’ and Cajeta—a moreish caramel made from goat’s milk.
But the deliciousness doesn’t stop there! Build the perfect antipasto platter with salami, prosciutto, olives, anchovies, nuts, olives, pâté…the list goes on. Alternatively, make entertaining a breeze with their frozen canapés—anyone for blue cheese tarts?
Speaking of, these frozen goodies are hand-made with love at the on-site commercial kitchen. The range also stars easy (and oh-so delicious) meals such as beef cheek pie and mouth-watering chicken truffle lasagne.
Sabato also whip up their own chutneys, sauces and mayo—the Arabian date chutney is an Urban List fave. The flavoursome sauces perfectly complement Sabato’s artisan pasta range. They cover all bases with pappardelle, gnocchi, spaghetti and penne all up for grabs. Pro tip: the gluten-free gnocchi is divine!
We also have to give a shout-out to Sabato’s epic range of oils and vinegars. There’s an extensive range of olive oils, balsamic vinegar and Italian vincotto. The fig vincotto goes down a treat with fresh fruit and cheese, while Giusti Riccardo balsamic will take your salad from drab to fab!
Finally, 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 nougat, liquorice, jellies and pastilles. These delights are perfect for gifting—provided you don’t eat ‘em all first!
There’s no doubt about it: Sabato is making Auckland a better, tastier place to live. See what the hype is all about at the Mt Eden store or shop online (yes, cheese delivery is a thing!). This foodie paradise is not to be missed.
Image credit: Kellie Blizard