By Celina Tennant
Sorelle Bar & Grill opened its doors in Abington a little over a year ago, replacing the longstanding Italian restaurant Vin & Eddie’s. Sorelle has really revitalized the space with bright décor and a long, wrap-around bar, and they’ve brought in fresh fare with a contemporary Italian menu. They’ve also recently started opening for lunch service on Saturdays and Sundays, and my family and I are so glad they did!
I’d like to think that the Tennants have a mutual understanding of good food—the fact that my father proceeded to order the exact appetizer that had grabbed my attention without even speaking a word was an affirmation that we were true restaurant goers. Thus, we started with the Sorelle Fries ($8). This plate of steak cut fries, covered in truffle oil, Parmesan, provolone, fresh herbs, and crispy prosciutto, had us all diving in for more. Celia, who told us that she would only have a few bites, exclaimed, “I can’t stop eating these!”
For our entrées, Dad ordered the Roasted Vegetable Penne Marsala ($12), which came with a medley of roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and mushrooms. He noted that it was simple, but very tasty and that it was a perfectly hearty meal for the cold weather that has finally graced New England.
Celia ordered the Seared Shrimp Scampi ($18), one of her classic go-to meals at any Italian restaurant. It came with bucatini pasta, a thick spaghetti that was coated in a white wine, lemon, and garlic sauce with toasted breadcrumbs on top. Though the pasta was definitely undercooked, the flavors more than made up for it and she said that she would order it again.
I ordered the Truffled Mac & Cheese ($12), an elegantly presented dish of cavatappi pasta with provolone, fontina, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese sauce with toasted breadcrumbs on top and herb truffle oil sprinkled along the bowl. I could smell the truffle oil as soon as it was placed in front of me, which I personally love. This dish was a 100% homerun—creamy, but not heavy, and so flavorful.
Our server came over after we finished our meals and asked if we would like to see the dessert menu, and there’s always one person that says, “Oh, we’ll just take a look.” (Do you know anyone that looks at a dessert menu and decides to forego a perfect ending to a meal?) We ordered the Pistachio Cheesecake ($8) the Limoncello Panna Cotta ($8). The cheesecake was my favorite—a creamy, fluffy cake with pistachio cream and chopped pistachios on top. It was accompanied by a dollop of whipped cream, pistachio syrup, and macerated berries. Other than the pistachio cream being a little too sweet for my liking, this dessert was unique and delicious. The panna cotta (a cold Italian custard) was paired with blueberries and strawberries and was a light, refreshing palette cleanser for the end of the meal.
Sorelle has proven to be a major contender in excellent dining, service, and atmosphere on the South Shore. Whether it’s for date night, lunch with the family, or drinks and appetizers with friends, find your way to Sorelle Bar & Grill.
1400 Bedford St, Abington, MA 02351