Italian restaurant Sorrento will close after 35 years in Jacksonville

Italian restaurant Sorrento, a San Jose staple for decades, is closing its doors for good.

In social media posts Thursday, Sorrento announced that Sunday would be the last day of service at the restaurant at 6943 St. Augustine Road.

“While we are sad to share this news with you, we are so grateful for the beautiful friendships and many memories,” the post read in part.

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But this may not be the last chapter for the Sorrento space.

“With any luck and lots of hard work, we hope Sorrento will soon be transformed into a dessert shop,” the social post continued. Further details were not immediately available.

Opened in the mid-1980s by chef and owners Luciano and Joanne Russo, Sorrento has been celebrated as offering a true slice of Italy, reminiscent of Russo’s hometown of Naples.

Chilean sea bass starter with potatoes and Brussels sprouts in Sorrento.

In a 1996 review, then-Times-Union critic Tom Siegel wrote, “It’s the quality and consistency of Russo’s food that brings the same people back year after year, month after month, or again next week. “.

This point was proven again 16 years later, when another Times-Union the reviewer wrote “There is a hint of old-fashioned skill in Sorrento, a skill we all appreciated. The recipes are classics – the portions and prices are reasonable. This is a place that was built to last.”

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The restaurant, which has changed hands in recent years, is the latest in a series of notable closures this year. Among the others are Wing-It Jax (after 38 years), Willard’s Bar-BQ Junction (30 years), European street south side (23 years old) and Ocean 60 (20 years.)

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