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Sorrento Ristorante Italiano in Houston, Texas

Posted: March 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Casual Dining in an Upscale Setting

Mural in Sorrento Sunroom

Mural in Sorrento Sun-room

If you are searching for a delightful dining experience in Houston, Texas I would recommend making reservations at Sorrento Ristorante Italiano.

My husband and I wanted to do something special for our 40th wedding anniversary. We decided to go to Sunday Brunch at this upscale dining establishment. While the atmosphere and dining experience was definitely upscale, the dress code is relaxed and comfortable.

On the day of our wedding we dined at another gourmet restaurant in Houston before beginning our honeymoon.  We decided to try something different for this particular day.

While my husband was familiar with Sorrento, it was my first dining experience there.

I am happy to report that Sorrento not only met but exceeded my expectations!

Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

Mural at Sorrento Ristorante

Mural at Sorrento Ristorante

The location of this Houston fine dining establishment is on lower Westheimer in the Montrose area. The address is 415 Westheimer at Whitney.

Utilizing the downstairs end cap of a strip center a room which could be described as a sun-room or solarium was attached to the building.  It overlooks a tree lined street and is a cheery room in which to dine.

Whomever was employed to do the murals in this restaurant did an exquisite job!

Mural in main dining room at Sorrento Ristorante

Mural in main dining room at Sorrento Ristorante

Sorrento, Italy overlooks the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri and is a location where many citrus trees are grown.

Visitors and patrons to Sorrento Ristorante Italiano in Houston can gaze upon the waters, buildings and trees expertly painted upon the walls to whisk them to Italy in spirit.

Speaking of citrus trees…Sorrento, Italy is well known for the production of a drink called limoncello. It is made from lemon rinds, water, sugar and alcohol.

Again, one need not travel to Italy to be able to taste and enjoy this drink.

If desired, Sorrento Ristorante Italiano can undoubtedly satisfy your quest for that particular libation.

Murals and Fine Art

View from our dining table at Sorrento

View from our dining table at Sorrento

In the main dining room is another wonderful mural. The artwork does not end there.

Faux-finishing techniques on the walls and columns range in pattern and color mimicking old world finishes. Marbleizing techniques were also utilized to give this environment a rich and cozy old world charm.

Framed limited edition prints of artists such as Chagall and Matisse adorn the walls.

By now you probably realize that the interior design and decorating were well done.

But how about the food?

Sunday Brunch

Chagall print on wall next to our table

Chagall print on wall next to our table

Sorrento is open all day on Sundays from 11AM to 10PM.  They serve brunch items ranging in price from $11 to $18 from opening time to 3 PM. During brunch one can also enjoy Mimosa’s, Bellini’s, Champagne and Sorrento for $2.50 per glass.

While we were studying the brunch menu my husband and I decided to enjoy a Bellini. It is typically made from white peach juice nectar, a hint of raspberry puree and Prosecco, a sparkling white wine. We did not inquire as to what constitutes the Sorrento drink offering. Perhaps another time!

Roasted garlic was presented on a plate drizzled with different colored oils and herbs. A large selection of various types of bread are brought to the table for one’s choosing.

Piano at Sorrento Ristorante

Piano at Sorrento Ristorante

They have a Sunday only special during the brunch hours costing $35 per person. One gets to have a choice of soup or salad, entrée and dessert off of the dinner menu. That is quite a bargain and that is exactly what we decided to do to celebrate our special day.  Had we ordered the same exact items after 3PM it would have cost $32 more.

Wonderful live piano music is being played during the brunch hours and afterwards mellow Italian music wafted through space from the intercom.

Our menu choices that day…

Private wine room at Sorrento

Private wine room at Sorrento

We both started our three course meal with a bowl of fresh Maine lobster bisque. It was served in a round lidded bowl on top of a square serving liner plate. The lids were removed simultaneously by our captain Sergio.

The generous large lumps of succulent fresh lobster were immediately evident amidst the creamy pink tinged soup topped with lobster foam. That was some molecular gastronomy at its best. The lobster bisque was delicious!

My husband chose as his entrée a Porcini Crusted Gulf Red Snapper with Lobster Risotto and Caviar Butter. I selected the Chilean Sea Bass with wilted spinach, baby artichoke and a citrus-caper sauce.

Both entrees were artfully presented in a large warmed serving bowl that kept the fish courses at the right temperature during our dining experience.  It was as pleasing to our eyes as to our palates. We sampled each others entrees and agreed that both of them were delicious.

Private dining room at Sorrento

Private dining room at Sorrento

For dessert we each chose the Grand Marnier and Chocolate Souffle with Dark Chocolate Sauce.

It was presented on a rectangular plate dusted with powdered sugar.

At one end was the dark brown souffle with a small round bowl of melted dark chocolate at the other end. Anchoring it in the middle was a mouth watering chocolate truffle.

While neither of us tasted much Grand Marnier, obviously its use was subtle or simply masked by the dark chocolate.

That artfully presented souffle and the coffee we ordered to accompany it became the grand finale to our gourmet meal which also included a bottle of crisp white wine.

Section of painted wall above bar at Sorrento

Section of painted wall above bar at Sorrento

My husband and I will definitely return to also sample some of the regular brunch offerings. We saw some delectable looking dishes being taken to other tables as we were enjoying our multi-course meal.

Needless-to-say, we did not have to concern ourselves with eating dinner that evening!

Sorrento’s is an Epicurean Delight!

In addition to the all day Sunday hours, lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Dinner hours are from 5 to 11 PM Monday to Saturday at Sorrento.

Beautifully decorated private dining rooms can be reserved for special occasions. Specially arranged wine dinners are regularly offered with pairings of food and wine to tantalize the most discriminating of tastes.

Reservations can be made by calling 713-527-0609.

If you are visiting Houston, Texas consider putting Sorrento Ristorante Italiano on your list for a fine dining experience.  Buon Appetito!

On wall at Sorrento Ristorante

On wall at Sorrento Ristorante

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