8794 Reading Road, Reading 513-821-6666 or www.sorrentosrestaurant.com
It's a shame Frank Sinatra is no longer with us. Because it's easy to imagine "the chairman of the board" loving a place like Sorrento's.
For this is a restaurant filled with plenty of throwback charm, from the bar on down to the piano bar that would have been perfect for "Ol' Blue Eyes" himself.
"That's how Sorrento's (first) connected (to the public)," says Sorrento's owner Maj Mousa. "I'll tell you what - you take away that piano bar and we're out of business. It's that simple."
In business since the early 1960s, Sorrento's is fueled by its regulars, many of whom Mousa says come for non-Italian selections such as the filet mignon and ribs. There are plenty of classic dishes on the menu, too, which goes well with the restaurant's vintage red and green decor that add to Sorrento's history ... a history that includes plenty of clowns.
"The guy who started the restaurant, he had an fascination with clowns," Mousa says. "Now, it's just tradition and we don't want to mess with it. Some people like it, some people don't, but it's a part of Sorrento's, just like the piano bar."
HOURS: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday
APPETIZER: Antipasto with ham, roast beef, turkey, salami, hard boiled egg, pepperoni, pepperoncini, pickles, black olives, tomato, shrimp, anchovies, American, Swiss and provolone cheese served on a bed of lettuce topped with red onions and Italian dressing ($6.50 or $10.75 for two) or fried eggplant with a side of marinara sauce ($5.75)
TRADITIONAL ITALIAN ENTRÉE: Spaghetti with meatballs ($10.50) or eggplant parmigiana toped with meat sauce and provolone cheese, served with spaghetti ($11.95)
NON-TRADITIONAL ENTRÉE: 6 oz filet mignon served with mushroom gravy, vegetable and your choice of potatoes ($20.95)
DESSERT: Strawberry cheesecake ($3.95) or tiramisu ($3.95)
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