Wine-focused Italian restaurant Sorella Vicina set to open in Alpharetta

He said it was important for Cooper, a certified sommelier, to showcase cuisine that would also be complemented by a wide range of Mediterranean wines.

“Every time we look at the wine list, I design the menu around the list,” Clark said. “There is a common thread in all our restaurants: food and wine are presented together.

Opening menu items will likely include tuna crudo, homemade pear and tarragon cacio e pepe, lamb ravioli, short rib bolognese pappardelle and grilled lemon bronzini. Clark said he also hopes to introduce lighter dishes that go against Italian cuisine‘s reputation for being heavier.

Menus will be seasonal and feature local ingredients when possible. The meat will come from Italy’s Piedmont region, known for its “lean but tender” beef, Clark said.

In addition to the catering portion, the space will also house Sorella Mercado, a small retail market at the front of the restaurant that will stock Sorella Vicina’s homemade pasta, charcuterie, cookbooks and wine bottles.

The market will also offer an educational component, with space to give wine and pasta-making lessons.

Designed by Cooper’s wife, Sarah, the Sorella Vicina space will have a “modern and bright” feel, Clark said, with 23-foot ceilings and seating for about 100 guests.

Sorella Vicina will join several other dining concepts at the Hamilton Hotel, which opened about a year ago, including Fulton Public House, Carrie’s Conservatory and Roaring Social. Clark said that while some of the restaurant’s clientele will likely be hotel guests, he hopes it will be a destination for locals as well.

The restaurant will be open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Dinner hours will be added early next year.

35 Milton Ave SE, Alpharetta. sorellavicina.com.

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