By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Oct 14, 2020 at 10:01 AM

Sorella, the Italian-American restaurant which opened in late August at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View, was blessed to inherit a gorgeous terraced patio, which has offered guests a well-appointed environment for al fresco dining.

But, as chillier days come into view, the restaurant has begun adjusting their outdoor dining accommodations to better meet guests’ needs.

Beginning today, diners will find a brand new patio experience at Sorella thanks to the installation of three columnar heaters on the Northern end of the patio, as well as a heavy duty tent on the Southern half. The ventilated tent, which accommodates about 30 diners at socially distanced tables, offers cozier dining thanks to heat generated by a centralized gas fire table.

Take a sneak peek: 


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Co-owner Paul Damora notes that all the same safety protocols followed by the restaurant, including mask-wearing, distancing and sanitation will apply to the tent.  The hope, he says, is that the structure will extend the use of the patio, at least until the first major blizzard comes along. 

Patio seating is available on a first-come first-served basis, but reservations are strongly encouraged to guarantee availability. Take a peek at their delicious menu!

Sorella is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.  In addition to patio dining, dine-in and carry-out are also available. Reservations can be made online at

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

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