Opening of a Sorelles pizzeria and Italian restaurant in Eagleville
With a pre-opening the second week of May and a full opening the following week, Sorelles Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant in Eagleville is now open and the reviews are “delizioso”! The town of Eagleville came to welcome sisters Kyah Richards and Jodi Gnoffo with a craving for traditional New York-style pizzas and other Italian dishes the sisters learned to make from their grandmother, Lizza, who was from Napoli, Italy.
Everything is made from scratch the old-fashioned Italian way, and the sisters have spent time teaching their staff how to do it right. Including how to make pizzas by hand.
They started their opening slowly focusing on training staff to serve their customers in the restaurant and they only served portions of the menu while perfecting preparation and delivery. They will be adding takeout orders in the coming weeks.
The menu offers subs, pizzas, calzones, stromboli and pasta. They also serve several traditional Italian favorites including Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Marsala, Scarpariello, and Chicken Piccata.
Chicken Parmigiana is lightly breaded, fried then covered in homemade tomato sauce, and topped with melted parmesan and mozzarella cheese. They also do a sub version with chicken, meatballs or sausage.
Chicken Marsala is topped with mushrooms and onions in a marsala wine sauce, while Scarpariello is chicken breast topped with sliced Italian sausage, pepperoncini, and a lemon, butter, and white wine sauce. If you like capers, then the dish of choice will be Chicken Piccata.
The pasta dishes are appetizing. There’s Penne Ala Vodka, Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells, Cheese Ravioli, Baked Ziti, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Pasta Served with Meatballs or Italian Sausage. Gluten-free pasta can replace regular pasta. And the sisters would love to hear more ideas about gluten-free dishes. Fried or blackened chicken can be added to any of these dishes.
To introduce themselves to the community, they participated in Eagleville’s First Friday event with samples of their Cannoli. It was a success. They offer additional desserts at the restaurant including Turtle Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Zappolis, and Chocolate Delight. If you want to be truly Italian, be sure to leave room for dessert.
Kyah, Jodi, her husband, Joe, and their “little sister” Shaina did much of the construction work themselves. The restaurant is located in the former Maple Street Grill space on Main Street, which closed in late 2021. They ripped out walls, built new ones, added new flooring, cleaned and restored tables and chairs, added new electrical installations and of course put in a pizza oven. The sisters decorated with an assortment of family photos to give the space a real home and family vibe. Indeed, the name “Sorrelles” means “sisters” in Italian.
Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, they lived in Florida before coming to Tennessee. Owning their own restaurant has been a longtime dream, and they felt that with the pandemic waning, it was time to make that dream come true.
“Thank you to everyone who came out to support us…” the sisters posted on Facebook. “Eagleville, you have blown us away with your enthusiasm, patience, and love. We are so grateful to be part of this great community, and we look forward to continuing to serve you great food for years to come!
Sorelles Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant
161 North Main Street
Hours: Soft hours are daily, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Check their Facebook page for regular opening hours.