Saza opened up in Newnan near the Square about 2 months ago.  I have mixed feelings about the place.  The interior is really nice looking.  Lots of blood red walls and “faux” finish added as touches.  The seating is weird and depending upon where you are sitting, you can have glaring lights in your eyes or blood chilling cold air blowing directly on you.  The staff is super nice and seem enthusiastic to work there.  We have been there several times now — once the day after it opened and it had a limited menu.  We have both tried several items on the menu, from appetizers, to salads, to main courses and desserts.

I am a skeptic when it comes to “authentic” italian food in the south.  They never seem to get it right – as evidenced by the amount of Olive Gardens and other “italian” chains down here.  Same goes for pizza down here — there is probably only 3-4 pizza joints I have found that are truly worth it.

Saza tends to be a bit pricey — overpriced really.  The don’t offer side salads, nor bread with the meal.  Garlic Styx are an appetizer. Now onto the food (and listing stuff we tried).

Appetizers:

Stuffed Hot Peppers – $8 – you get two peppers stuffed with Bolognese meat blend, fresh mozzarella and arrabiata sauce.
This is probably one of the best items on the appetizer menu.  Tasty, a bit spicy (a good spicy).

Grandma’s Eggplant – $8 – served at room temperature with tomatoes, fresh mint & grated Pecorino cheese.
We both found this bland and definitely not worth $8

Chopped Salads:

House Salad – $6
I ordered the house salad with the Mountain Blue Gorgonzola dressing – the salad is pretty tasty – nothing out of the ordinary in it, could use a tad more dressing

Grandma’s Traditional Chopped Antipasto Salad – $12 – Salami, soppresata, mortadella, provolone, roasted peppers, olives, artichokes, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes and assorted greens.
Fairly tasty, esp when trying to find a traditional antipasto salad down “south”.

“Serious Pizza”
Have only tried one so far, and honestly it was a bomb.

Kafta Lamb Pizza – $19 for a 16″ pizza – lamb with cardamon curry, feta cheese, mint oil and curried yogurt sauce.
The curry is too overpowering on this pizza and can only eat one slice before it gets to be too much.

Pasta and Entrees

Chopped Lobster, Shrimp, Spinach over Angel Hair – $19 – with EVOO, exploded garlic, reggiano cheese, Chardonnay
Apparently this is one of their most popular dishes.  My only complaint was there wasn’t enough lobster, otherwise it was pretty tasty and glad I tried it – not sure if I will have it again.

Chicken Paillard – $16 – flattened and sauteed chicken breast in a rich pesto cream over rigatoni.
I have had this twice now and if you like pesto, this is very good, and definitely something I will order on a regular basis.

Calamari & Shrimp Fra Diavlo – $18 – with tomatoes over spaghettini
could be a bit spicier, since it is a Fra Diavlo sauce, but otherwise pretty good.

Grandma’s Spaghetti and Meatballs – $14
You get a lot of spaghetti and meatballs almost the size of baseballs.  The meatballs were rather bland and honestly I make better ones at home.

Grandma’s Sunday Sauce – $20 – meatballs, pork and lamb shoulder over rigatoni, the “real thing”
The pork and lamb were tasty, again bland meatballs and the sauce needs a bit more flavor – rather pricey dish.

Dessert:

Tiramisu – $8
probably one of the best Tiramisu I’ve had.  Definitely rich and creamy and there is biscotti in it as well.

Cannoli
It was just ok.

Some of the items on the menu are really good, others definitely over-priced and I think we go mainly for the Tiramisu.