The History behind Sortino's
Sortino's Italian Kitchen is a new age red sauce restaurant where old-school Italian cuisine meets the modern age. Sortino’s Italian Kitchen is a casual restaurant and bar that brings to Kalahari the tradition of hospitality established by Giorgio and Giacomo Sortino more than 60 years ago when they opened the original Sortino’s Little Italy restaurant in Sandusky, Ohio.
“Our family has been long-time friends with George and the whole Sortino family, so we’re honored to continue their legacy and support another family-owned business in the Sandusky community,” said Todd Nelson, owner of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. “We first brought Sortino’s to our Pocono Mountain, Pennsylvania location in 2017, and it has been a huge success. We’re bringing Sortino’s to our newest property opening in Round Rock, Texas this November, and we’re excited to expand the on-site dining options at our Sandusky resort, as well.”
Brothers George and Jimmy Sortino brought authentic Sicilian cooking to Sandusky, Ohio starting in 1974, using recipes passed down from generation to generation to their father, Michele Sortino, who immigrated from Modica, Sicily, in 1952.
“Our family has shared our love of Sicilian cuisine with guests for 46 years, so closing the original restaurant is the end of an era for us,” said George Sortino, owner of Sortino’s Little Italy. “It was an honor when Todd and the Kalahari team expanded our family brand to its Poconos location, and we’re glad Kalahari will continue to offer our recipes to our Sandusky customers, as well as resort guests.”
Whether you’re dining with friends, gathering with colleagues or simply feeding the kids, Sortino’s satisfies the appetite and soothes your soul with the flavors of Italy and the warmth of family.