Sasha's Kitchen & Cocktails finds groove with new menu, drinks

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Since opening in downtown Chandler in the spring of 2016, Sasha’s Kitchen & Cocktails has earned a loyal following—but the COVID-19 pandemic gave the restaurant an opportunity to take a step back and change things up.

A new scratch Italian menu was implemented last summer as well as an array of new cocktails. Assistant General Manager Kendall Murray said the restaurant has found its identity in downtown Chandler.

“We tried to find our identity for years; it had always been something different, but I really think we found our identity in the last year,” Murray said. “I love the concept we have now; we had time to fine-tune the menu and have customers give us honest feedback.”

The new menu stems from owners’ Sasha and Donna Cosic’s family recipes, Murray said. It also makes the relationship between Phoenix’s Va Bene restaurant—also owned by the Cosics—more cohesive.

“The recipes are passed down from Sasha’s mom; both restaurants are good, family-owned places,” Murray said.

Murray said the restaurant also offers a private dining room that is on the top floor of Sasha’s Kitchen and overlooks the rest of the eatery.

“We have fine dining, a great happy hour—this is a place that can be whatever you want it to be; it isn’t just a place to get dressed up,” Murray said. “The atmosphere fluctuates. You can have a beer and an appetizer at the bar, or we’ve even had wedding ceremonies and receptions in our private dining room located in the upstairs portion of the restaurant. It can be whatever you want it to be here, and I really like that about this place.”