Tiny Villa Sorrento is a regular haunt for the Leishear family. “We take the kids there. It’s old-school Italian,” says critic Mark Leishear. “They do great, Italian family-style dinner. Kelly will typically get a margarita pizza. The white pizza is good. The pasta is great. There are big salads and great bread. And they’re not afraid to use the garlic, so be prepared.”
It doesn’t get more down-home Italian than owner Mara DePace serenading diners tableside while they twirl linguini pescatore around their forks at Villa Sorrento. The Leishears love the pizza and pasta at this newcomer, but the pescatore, served with clams, mussels, jumbo shrimp, scallops and fresh sautéed calamari, all topped with jumbo lump crab meat, is a big hit. Just like grandma’s kitchen, the aroma of garlic and red sauce hits as soon as you walk through the door.