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The Team Behind Michelin-Starred Acquerello Is Opening a Sister Cocktail Bar and Restaurant

Serving cocktails and cicchetti, Sorella is coming to Polk Street in December, plus more intel

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The team behind SF’s Michelin-starred Italian stalwart Acquerello is branching out — though not too far from their roots. Tablehopper has the news about forthcoming cocktail bar Sorella, meaning “sister” in Italian, which the team is opening in the former Polk Gulch home of 1760. Suzette Gresham and Giancarlo Paterlini brought on former Greens chef Denise St. Onge as chef de cuisine, with Acquerello chef de cuisine Seth Turiansky advising. The restaurant will serve cicchetti (Venetian snacks and small plates) for dining at the bar, and large plates focusing on pasta and vegetables for dinner in the dining room. Cocktail are designed by Manhattan Zodiac, a cocktail consultancy from Yana Nogid and Katya Skye, and will emphasize rare Italian spirits and amari.

It’s not the first reinvention for 1760, which Gresham and Paterlini opened in 2013 as a more casual, modern American follow-up to Acquerllero. First the restaurant moved to a Filipino-focused menu in 2015, followed by a shift five years later to regionally-themed, prix fixe menus that changed every few months. Sorella, which Tablehopper says is expected to open Wednesday, December 1, will serve dinner, weekend brunch, and an early Sunday supper, Wednesday through Sunday. [Tablehopper]

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Update: November 11th, 2021, 1:35 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect that Denise St. Onge is chef de cuisine at Sorella. Seth Turiansky is chef de cuisine at Acquerello.

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