I had an early dinner at Sorella on Easter Sunday. Sorella (“sister”) is from the same ownership group as two Michelin-starred Acquerello, and is at the former 1760 location on Polk Street about block away from Acquerello.
bourbon, carpano bianco, amaro nonino, maraschino
A good cocktail, a little herbal and citrusy.
GRILLED RAZOR CLAMS ($21)
green garlic pesto, oreganata
I started with the razor clams, which were very good. The clams were cut up into bite sized pieces on the shell, simply cooked and fresh tasting, with some seasoned bread crumbs on top to add some crunch.
SORELLA’S POTATO LEEK FOCACCIA ($6)
Also an order of focaccia to sop up sauce. Great focaccia, very fluffy inside with a bit of leek flavor.
SPRING PEA CAPPELLACCI ($25)
miso, poppy, pecorino fiore sardo, dill
Next, pasta. A taste of spring! Interesting use of miso in the buttery sauce which didn’t call attention to itself but I think added some umami richness. Nice sweet peas and toothsome pasta stuffed with cheese and maybe some more peas.
LAMB OSSO BUCO ($38)
heirloom polenta, gremolata
For a main I had the lamb osso buco, which seemed appropriate for Easter. A lamb version of Osso Buco, which is usually made with a veal shank. Very tender and flavorful lamb (I think also shank) on top of a creamy polenta with juices/gravy on the bottom. Very nice and comforting, kind of melted in my mouth. With the requisite garlic , parsley, and lemon gremolata on top to add a little bit of acidity and freshness. A little bit of marrow in the bone too.
BOURBON CARAMEL SEMIFREDDO ($15)
Finally for dessert I had the semifreddo. A very nice almond flavored semifreddo, with some dollops of chocolate sauce and salted caramel.
A very enjoyable spring dinner. Everything was quite good. There were a lot of other interesting pastas on the menu I was eyeing to perhaps try next time, including a squid ink linguine with lobster, a short rib agnolotti, and a lasagna-like timballo.