Stateside’s George Sabatino Heading Out on His Own


We knew him when. George Sabatino, then of Barbuzzo, from the 2011 50 Best Restaurants issue

George Sabatino is looking to open his own restaurant and will be resigning as chef at Stateside in 30-days, so says the Inquirer’s Michael Klein. 2012 had been the year of George. The 31-year old chef piloted Stateside to the number one position in Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list, he was named best new chef by the Inquirer’s Craig LaBan and piled up the accolades all year.

Next up for Sabatino is consulting and a restaurant of his own that he will run with his fiancee, Jennifer Conley, who was behind the bar at Stateside when it opened.

The management at Stateside has also issued a statement as they hope the restaurant can continue to attract aspiring chefs like Sabatino.

Full statement from Stateside:

“The last few months have included some of the most incredible times for us at Stateside. We’ve been voted Best Restaurant by Philadelphia Magazine and Foobooz has put us on many of their “top” lists this year, as well. With the exit of George Sabatino as our Executive Chef, we see a chance to evolve and create an environment for young, aspiring chefs like George to flourish.

We wish everyone involved the best of luck in the future and we’re excited for the next chapter in our adventure.”

No word yet on when and where Sabatino’s restaurant will land, but we’ll be watching.

Stateside’s Sabatino gives notice [The Insider]

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  • Bob Newhart

    Heard he’s taken over for the Pope. Maybe the Vatican can teach him to cook.

    • The fish

      You my friend are a dick

  • K

    So the “Best Restaurant” in Philadelphia is loosing the one thing that makes it good. Stateside will be nothing without George. I bet Philly Mag wishes they could take that one back.

    • Alimentarian

      I guess this means that Marigold is now the best restaurant in Philadelphia.

    • bjb

      Barbuzzo has stayed the same without him. He has unquestionable talent, but to say a popular restaurant will now fail is completely off-base. All the people he taught are still there.

      • K

        Marcie Turney is and always was the chef at Barbuzzo. George worked under her. At Stateside he is THE head chef. The only head chef. George is loved by his staff and it’s doubtful that they will stay when he leaves. And even if they stay, he may have “taught” them how to execute the current menu, but there is no way it can change, evolve and grow without him behind the wheel.

        • bjb

          Thanks for all the pretentiousness you’ve displayed. Sorry for the online comment section typo and positive outlook.

        • Tomaaas

          Hmmm…..never saw Marcie Turney behind the stoves at Barbuzzo but sure did see George there.

  • Tonyjlive

    One would have to imagine bringing him in as a partner would have been an option, right?