finally tried Sorrentino on Saturday and was impressed with the
ambitious, regional Italian menu. The food was delicious and our server
(Marina) was knowledgeable and friendly. They were also unusually
accommodating to kids -- they don't have a kids' menu but basically
said they would make anything within reason, and did. I might go so far
as to say this is upper Queen Anne's best destination restaurant (i.e.,
worth visiting from another neighborhood) since Pirosmani closed 10
been there twice and they don't strike me as the "corporate"
restaurant. I enjoy a well balanced marketing plan more than anyone,
but they are obviously avoiding it despite their association with a
several location chain concept in tact (albeit all of their locations
are extremely different). Maybe it's the "'mama' in the kitchen rules
all" concept, but I truly hope the kitchen's home spun Italian
favorites wins over the large dining room. They surprised us with their
simple dishes but left us wanting to travel to Italy soon...not so bad
considering our winter.
was disapointed by the review of Leslie Kelly in the PI of Sorrentino
in Queen Anne. The review correctly pointed out that Sorrentino is
getting a tremendous amount of buzz from true Italian food lovers. The
reason their is a great deal of buzz is beacuse Sorrentinos combines
wonderful flavorful food with a family atmosphere. I went to
Sorrentinos when it opened in January and have been back with friends,
family and buisness asssociates and all have raved about the food and
service. From the wine list which gives a true taste of Italy to the
Pasta and wonderful fish and meat entrees and the wood oven pizzas
their is something for everyone. But what seals the deal is the feeling
of family that Enza and her son Fabio bring. I am so proud to be a
regular and no matter what one food critic says the fact every time I
have been to Sorrentino people have smiles on their faces and and all
the tabels are full shows why thier is so much buzz.. Leslie Kelly's
cheap shot on Fabio eating pasta while watching soccer shows her true
ignorance of European culture. Anyone watching Champions League soccer
over a hot bowl of pasta deserves respect. I lost all respect for her
with that comment and give her 0 star and a Seattle PI cancellation
because of her 'flat' review.
say there is a nearly unanimous opinion by the writers on this site,
and certainly by the hundreds of customers who have poured into
Sorrentino since the less than complimentary review by Ms Kelly, that
she either missed the mark, or needs to spend more time in places other
than the Olive Garden.
Reviewing restaurants is by nature
subjective since we all have different tastes in food, but at the same
time, I would hope that anyone pursuing the craft of food critic for a
large city paper would exhibit a bit more knowledge and experience than
seemed evident in Kelly's review.
Having eaten at Sorrentino at
least ten times since it opened, and having been to both Mondello and
La Vita e Bella when Enza was in the kitchen, as well as having eaten
Italian, and Sicilian food from Seattle to San Francisco and San Diego,
and to Rome, Italy, I can attest to both the quality and authenticity
of the food at Sorrentino.
Since nearly everything is homemade,
and cooked to order, some minor variations will occur, as they do in
any home kitchen when a particular dish is prepared from one day to the
next - a pinch more of salt here, maybe a little less of something
there, but that is what you expect from home cooking versus the large,
corporate, mass produced and microwaved meals.
The key to a good
review, in my opinion, is not nitpicking whether the reviewer things
something was missed, but rather if the dish was flavorful and
I hope that Ms Kelly gets a chance to revisit
Sorrentino, as well as stopping by other great Italian spots like La
Spiga, La Fontana, and Via Tribunali, where they remain true to the
recipes from Italy.
Seattle has some great Italian restaurants
these days, owned and operated by dedicated folks bringing a true taste
of Italy to the northwest.
wife and i looked forward to the pi's review on one of our favorite
dining establishments and could not have been any more disappointed
than when we read ms kelly's unfair and inaccurate assessment of
for those of you reading these comments, and that of
others, please trust that the food, wine, service, kitchen and, most
importantly, people of sorrentino make dining out a treat, a pleasure
and a virtual trip to sicily thru their menu.
i only wish there were more places like sorrentino in seattle and elsewhere.
ps. we will buy ms kelly's dinner if she cares to give the place another shot.
those restaurant critic jobs are a dime a dozen. Mostly given to
chimps. Why, any bobble-head could review a meal. And it would be so
meaningful. God forbid anyone should interrupt a soccer game just to bus dishes--let 'em pile up! But
all that aside, how am I going to wade thru all those regulars (who
trade hilarious yadayadayadas with the owners) in order to get service.
Ans: fuggedaboudit. Well, I better sign off, being that all you highly experienced critics need to call for your reso.
SORRENTINO is located atop Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, minutes from
Our address is 2128 Queen Anne Ave. N.
For a map with driving
directions, please click here.
For reservations, please call 206-694-0055.
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday, Noon to 2:30
Sicilian Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 9-3
Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday, 5-10
Late-night bar: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10-midnight
We remain open throughout the afternoon for snacks, pastries, espresso drinks & cocktails.