By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor 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 & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.