Sortino's Italian Kitchen

4.3
214 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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 the Kalahari a 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 downtown Sandusky, Ohio.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

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What 214 people are saying
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Jhhh
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Most of the food was good. The service was great except I put in my reservation comments that we were celebrating my daughters 10th birthday and they brought the check before we had a chance to ask for dessert or for them to sing. So we let her get something sweet somewhere else.

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DONIECE
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. We had a great time! The only thing was that when I reserved our spot I had a birthday request. But that's okay.

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ThailaS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food and service were great, however our app came while we were boxing up our dinner to leave. Wasn't ideal and staff didn't offer any compensation or remedy. $15 for an app that we didn't get to eat fresh. Reheated it was ok. Probably would have been better fresh.

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was very bland. I had tenderloin medallions, the meat was good and cooked to order, but had no seasoning or flavor. I ended up finishing my daughter’s chicken tenders, those were good though. My husband had the chicken Marsala, he said the same thing about his dinner, it was edible, but no flavor.

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Amie
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

This restaurant is located in the lobby area of Kalahari resort. We were seated promptly once we all arrived. The food was delicious. The only feedback I can give is that they brought a loaf of bread to our table of 8 with 7 pieces in it. When the waiter was asked for an additional loaf so everyone could have some the waiter stated one loaf is customary for 8 people and became angry with us for asking for more. We would have gladly paid for it if that was required. The bread was delicious, we just all wanted to try it. Any conversation with our waiter after that was full of attitude on his part. It made it uncomfortable. Overall we will definitely try the restaurant again, just hope to get a different waiter.

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KevinL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lots of excellent food. A little pricey for the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very slow service.

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RoxanaG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Sortino's Italian Kitchen was a great place to eat. We made reservations for our son's birthday. It would have been great if they had provided him a small dessert for it, even after telling them why we were there. But he enjoyed the food and dessert he ordered.

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ElizabethB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was overpriced for what it was, and it was not that great. The children’s ravioli portion size was very small. The pizza left a lot to be desired and the veal milanaise was a bit tough and did not come with a side item, which was expected, but the salad garnish was insufficient. Our server however was fantastic and the ambiance was very nice. We really wanted to like the restaurant, but the food just wasn’t great.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very poor food quality. Undercooked. Too much cheese. Below average service. Wouldn’t recommend.

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MKirk
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was awful! Calamari was over cooked therefore it was if you were chewing rubber. Not sure how you can mess up a salad but it had no flavor and the baked ziti was soaked in what was a creamy tomato soup that again had no flavor. Very disappointing and had to wait an additional 30 minutes after our reservation time.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It was fine. No bread, that was a bummer. Oh and we waited 1 hour for a table despite having a reservation. That was awesome

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AudreyJune
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Definitely would recommend

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KellyG
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is to die for and the service is wonderful. Definitely the place to go for a special occasion.

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KimOC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting the resort to celebrate our traditional family Christmas. This holiday season was very difficult as it was only in October that my husband passed away. We chose this restaurant because it fit the sentiment and moment we were trying to capture and a new memory we were trying to make. The service was great. They had excellent accommodations for a group of 14 and managed the large group of adults and children with amazing efficiency. The managers came to the table to introduce themselves and then later reappeared to ensure that everything met our expectation. The food was amazing and the portion size left us all with a something to take home. It was priced within reason of what you would expect for resort dining and definitely within the range you would be willing to pay for the fine dining and family experience. When we return next year it will be a stop on our to do list.

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JulieR
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! The best part was server! She made my son’s 22nd special.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Our server seemed frazzled:

Didn’t ask my husband what he wanted to drink

Brought out the wrong appetizer

Other waiters came and checked on us than our original

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good great, pricing as expected. Service, could be exponentially better.
-table not level, sever had no remedy, we corrected.
-main course should not be brought out until appetizers are finished.
-items with shell fish should be provided a dish for spent shells.
-inappropriate to provide take out containers while still eating.

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Melgirl022
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pamela did an amazing job taking care of us and one guest said it was the best rare sirloin he's ever had. We will be back!

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Britt
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent and had huge serving portions. Accommodated a large party and had no issues with service or food. Will definitely eat here again!

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reganr
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressed! The atmosphere, food and service are way nicer than the resort that this restaurant is inside! Food was really good! A pleasant surprise inside a busy resort.

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Berg
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Very nice restaurant for being in a big resort setting. Better than most places at Disney resorts. Had an amazing server.

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JordanB
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was amazing! The service was great! The atmosphere was spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was nice. Food was a little over priced, but I would expect that from a resort restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for the holiday wknd with my son at Kalahari. Everything was amazing at this restaurant! I highly recommend the garlic cheese bread!!

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LisaS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Second time at this restaurant. Atmosphere is nice, though my dining partner and I were a bit chilly. Entrees are HUGE portions, but are priced at that - expect to pay $30 a plate for your pasta dish if you want a protein included. The server was very nice, and attentive.
One negative: the ladies restroom only has 2 stalls, so there is a wait line… not something you’d expect in a restaurant of this price range.

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MassillonBuckeye
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We had a great meal here. Just my 14 year old and I. Great bread, split half of a antipasti salad and I had Vinnys sausage which was tasty. Son has chicken Alfredo. It’s pricey but we enjoyed the food a lot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

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AngS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got right in, waitress was fantastic and something on the menu for everyone

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MikeS
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Maybe just 10 to 15 percent higher priced than average Italian meal. Needed more meat and. Noodles in Lasanga. Very large meatballs and loved the capers sauce.

JO
vipJessiO
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent and the ambiance was very relaxing. Thank you for a fantastic dining experience 🙂

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Katie
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The dining experience was fantastic. My only issues were that the atmosphere was BRIGHT. It could have used some dimming of the lights. The menu is good, but not as vast as the original Sortino's. I didn't like that a house salad wasn't offered with the dinner but was an added cost. The bruschetta wasn't the same, but it was still good. Missed the capers from the original recipe. Otherwise, staff was amazing and prompt. The server even offered to take our picture for us. I did mark that it was our anniversary in our reservation, but no one said anything to us or offered anything special for it. I would return as the food and the people are great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Good food but prices were higher than listed on webpage.
We loved the old place. Last night we felt that we were walking into a big chain store type restrauant

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sortino’s in the Poconos location and we were very excited to see the new location in Sandusky! We came up from Columbus just to eat. Very clean, efficient, food was spot on, and we loved our waiter! Great place to eat!!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

This was something new for us to try while staying at Kalahari. We had a party on seven including an infant. Overall the food was “ok” but not worth the price of admission in our opinion. Bread was flavorless as was the pizza. The pasta my wife and I got was good but again not a $25+ dish.

Next time we would try other options.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and great food

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KathyH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service, it was all around wonderful!

JO
vipJessiO
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We ordered 2 appetizers and 2 salads which never arrived. Our main course arrived piping hot. My son enjoyed his pepperoni pizza, my chicken Alfredo was good but the chicken was rubbery. My husband ordered chicken park and his chicken was also rubbery. About 5-10 minutes after our meal arrived, our appetizers and my son’s salad showed up. Then another 10 minutes later my Caesar salad arrived. Overall the food was good and I would go back but the order things arrived was backwards.

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EatFAM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food options were great and quite filling; however, we had to wait for a long time to get dessert and our check (upwards of 25 minutes) while others received theirs.

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TarynLC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The noise was louder than it used to be because it’s inside of Kalahari now and the ambiance that the former location had was unbeatable. Having said that the food is still excellent and the service was still incredible.

FAQs

Sortino's Italian Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (419) 433-6653.

Sortino's Italian Kitchen is rated 4.3 stars by 214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.