NEWPORT BEACH — Anyone who has been here will probably gush about the Sabatino's Sausage Co. Italian sausage and its savory goat cheese filling. When asked for directions to the restaurant, the same person could be at a loss for words.
That may soon change, as the popular Lido Peninsula restaurant tucked away in an obscure shipyard plans to open a new location just off Newport Boulevard.
Owner Peter Sabatino would like to serve beachgoers and residents from a new takeout spot at 406 32nd St., across from City Hall. It would serve sausage sandwiches and pizza, among other items, for under $10. Sabatino says he's hoping to have it open before the holidays.
"The visibility we'll have there is nice," he said.
But conscious of his loyal following, Sabatino didn't want to make the impression that he was selling out to tourists. "It's mainly for the neighborhood," he said.