Bay View Is Getting a New Italian Restaurant Serving Up Wood-Roasted Pizza

Welcome to the neighborhood Sorella!

Southern-style Italian joint Sorella is ready for its debut. It opens Friday, Aug. 21 inside Bay View guesthouse The Kinn (2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.). The restaurant that formerly occupied this space, Kindred on KK, closed almost a year ago. 

Sorella – owned by chef Kyle Toner and Paul Damora, who worked together at Glass + Griddle (where Damora served as GM) – features, among other things, wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas and Italian mid-courses like roasted half-chicken Savoy and NY strip steak with salsa verde, each served with potatoes or arugula salad. In terms of the wood-fired pies, Toner is back on familiar terrain. He crafted the wonderful pizzas at the former Wolf Peach in Brewers Hill.

Fusilli with Monday sauce; Photo courtesy of Sorella


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The menu also offers a selection of fritti, such as arancini ($9-$10), a trio of salads (antipasto chop, kale Caesar $11-$12) and various antipasti, including roasted mortadella, stuffed mussels and shrimp scampi ($9-$13). Pastas ($12-$14) include fusilli with “Monday” sauce (broken meatball, sausage and pork ragu); and rigatoni alla vodka. And the pizzas range from a margherita ($12) to the Capricciosa (with ham, mozzarella, artichokes, mushrooms and olives $16).

The restaurant is offering in-house dining, as well as seating on the patio. Carryout service is available, as well.

Pork Chop with Cherry Pepper Sauce; Photo courtesy of Sorella

The name Sorella – which translates to “sister” in Italian – is a nod to both owners’ Italian heritage and to Toner’s two daughters. The owners are also both originally from New Jersey.

Sorella’s hours: Wed-Thurs and Sun 4-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4-10 p.m. Check out the full menu at

Wood Fireplace; Photo courtesy of Sorella




Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.