After a soft reopening the second week of May and a full reopening the following week, Eagleville Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant Sorelles are now open and the reviews are “delicioso”! The city of Eagleville came to welcome sisters Kaia Richards and Jody Gnoffo, craving traditional New York pizza and other great Italian dishes that the sisters learned to cook from their grandmother, Lisa, who was from Naples, Italy.
Everything is made from scratch the old-fashioned Italian way, and the sisters spent time teaching their employees how to do it right. Including how to cook pizza by hand.
They started their soft opening by focusing on staff training to serve their customers, and they only served parts of the menu, perfecting cooking and delivery. They will add a takeaway in the coming weeks.
The menu includes subs, pizza, calzone, stromboli and pasta. They also serve several traditional Italian dishes, including chicken parmigiana, chicken marsala, scarpariello, and chicken piccata.
Parmigiana chicken is lightly breaded, fried and then stewed in homemade tomato sauce and served with melted parmesan and mozzarella cheese. They also make an extra 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, Chicken Piccata is your choice.
Pasta dishes are delicious. There’s Penne Ala vodka, pasta stuffed with ricotta, cheese ravioli, baked ziti, Alfredo fettuccine, and pasta served with either meatballs or Italian sausage. Gluten-free pasta can be substituted for regular pasta. And the sisters would love to hear more ideas for gluten-free meals. Fried or blackened chicken can be added to any of these dishes.
To introduce themselves to the community, they took part in the First Friday event in Eagleville with samples of their cannoli. It was a hit. The restaurant offers additional desserts, including turtle cheesecake, tiramisu, zappolis and chocolate delight. If you want to be a real Italian, be sure to leave room for dessert.
Kaya, Jody, her husband Joe and their “younger sister” Shaina did most of the building work on their own. The restaurant is located in the old Maple Street Grill space, on Main Street, which closed at the end of 2021. They tore down the walls, put up new ones, added a new floor, cleaned and restored tables and chairs, added new electrics and wiring. of course put in the pizza oven. The sisters decorated the meeting with family photos to give the space a real family atmosphere. In fact, the name “Sorrelles” means “sisters” in Italian.
Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, they lived in Florida before moving to Tennessee. Owning your own restaurant has been a dream for a long time, and they felt that as the pandemic waned, it was time to make that dream come true.
“Thank you to everyone who came to support us…,” the sisters wrote on Facebook. “Eagleville, you amaze us with your excitement, patience and love. We are so grateful to be part of this wonderful community and we look forward to continuing to bring you great food in the coming years!”
Sorelles pizzeria and Italian restaurant
161 North Main Street
Opening hours: Soft opening hours daily, from 11:00 to 20:00.
Check their Facebook page for opening hours.