Sava's now serving alcohol.
by Sally Mitani
Sava's has at last completed the transfer of the promised liquor license that owner Sava Lelcaj inherited from Zanzibar. To complement her student-priced meals, heavy on breakfast food and sandwiches, the alcohol is equally affordable.
Lelcaj says: "We're going to try to keep as many bottles [of wine] in the thirty-dollar range as we can. That takes a lot of time and a lot of tasting and a lot of sampling. A good bottle of wine, in my opinion, doesn't have to cost sixty or seventy or eighty dollars." Recommendations? "We've got a sustainable white and red by Parducci. They're actually producing so much energy off this vineyard that they're selling it back to PG&E." She also recommends her watermelon mint martini, made with mint grown out back.
It's one of the better happy-hour deals in town. Pints of beer, normally $3 or $4, are a dollar off weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Wine, normally $5 to $7 a glass, gets a $2 discount. To go with the drink specials, she's offering a selection of $3 appetizers like polenta fries and hummus and chips.
Sava's, 216 S. State. 623-2233. Sun.-Wed. 8 a.m.-midnight, Thurs.-Sat. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
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[Originally published in July, 2010.]