Hartford’s New Restaurant, Sorella, Is Open!

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 If you happened to be walking along Main Street Monday, you may have been one of the lucky ones to catch a flavorful whiff of something cooking from downtown’s newest restaurant, Sorella. Because the place, the newest venture by well-known restaurateurs Billy Carbone and Dan Keller is open for business!

Even though the opening was supposed to be a “soft” low key one, it didn’t take long for the lunchtime crowd to find the eatery that is serving up lunch and dinner Italian style beginning today.


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“There is no one downtown serving brick-oven pizza and I think we have a menu that is pretty unique,” said Keller about the place that boasts a 900-degree Italian-made brick oven for its Neapolitan-style pizza and a menu that includes house-made pasta, antipasto, Italian drafts and wines, and a décor that boasts oversized vintage black and white photos from the Keller, Carbone and Carbone families, as well as those from business partner Dr. Paul Bocciarelli’s personal albums. Bocciarelli’s father owned the former Brookside Tavern in Glastonbury.


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Located in space formerly occupied by Zula Bar and Restaurant, Sorella(conveniently located across the street from DISH,), means “sister,” will serve lunch six days and week and dinner seven days a week, Keller said. Executive chef is Joe Keane, who most recently was cooking further down Main Street at Peppercorns Grill.

It was no coincidence by the way that it opened on Veteran’s Day. “We all have had family who served in the armed services and just felt like it would be good karma to open in it on Veteran’s Day,” Keller said.

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One thought on “Hartford’s New Restaurant, Sorella, Is Open!

  1. RobinsonCT

    While in the city for the UConn vs. Hartford women’s game on Saturday, we noticed that Sorella was open. While we didn’t have time to stop in for a bite, we did take a look through the window at the gorgeous new pizza oven and a friendly waiter waved “hello” at us and motioned to invite us in.
    What a lovely gesture…it’s the little things like that which make you want to try a new place. We’ll be back soon!

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