Last night my husband, David, and I found truly incredible Italian food. And we found Sorelle Italian Bistro in a tiny little strip mall, tucked away and hidden in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It doesn’t look like much and I never would have guessed I would find such authentic Italian food here.
Before considering having dinner here, I called and spoke to one of the owners. This restaurant doesn’t specialize in gluten free, but the owners have a lot of experience with food allergies and knew the right precautions to take. They also told me they could adapt a few menu items easily. The daily risotto is always gluten free. And, if you want to try some incredible sauces, bring your own pasta.
I know it sounds strange to tell someone to bring your own favorite gluten free pasta, but I didn’t mind at all. When you arrive and tell the waitperson you will be ordering pasta so they can start a new pot of clean water to boil just for your order.
The sauces are gluten free. I ordered the Pasta Fruiti De Mare and David ordered the daily risotto, which was broccoli and chicken. Our waitperson was one of the owners and she made some wonderful wine recommendations based on what we ordered.
The basic house salad with shaved fennel and kalamata olives. I love how lightly they dressed the salad. Nothing drives me crazy as soggy over dressed salad.
This Fruti De Mare was full of shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams. The flavors just burst in my mouth. The incredible sauce certainly made my cheap gluten free pasta from Target taste high class. As you can also see, the portions are huge! The restaurant cooked the whole bag of gluten free pasta and then wrapped up the pasta they didn’t use for me to take home.
I was surprised how firm, but tender this pasta was. It wasn’t mushy like it can get when I cook it. I asked our waitperson and she told me the big secret to great pasta is to drain it, then immediately cool it down in an ice bath. It completely stops the cooking process. I didn’t know that when you drain your pasta into a colander, it keeps cooking long after you remove it from the heat. I had never heard of this, but my pasta was perfect so I will try this next time I make pasta.
And this is the broccoli and chicken risotto. I have never seen such a creamy risotto like this. The restaurant pureed the broccoli and cut the chicken into tiny pieces in this dish. The cream sauce the risotto was in was to die for good. David almost wouldn’t share with me 🙂 .
If you are in the Campbell area, or even the South Bay, this is a must try restaurant!