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The Early Word on Sorella, Justin Wills's New Coastal Italian Spot

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A James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best Chef Northwest in 2012 and 2013, Justin Wills has secured his place as one of Oregon's best chefs. He opened Restaurant Beck on Depoe Bay in 2009, and this June, he and wife Stormee teamed up to opened Sorella on Nye Beach. The amateur reviews and tweets have just begun rolling in.

The Good News: "This was our second visit and I'm even more impressed now," writes Amy S. "First visit, I had the lamb shank which was excellent ($17). It was served over a bed of toasted farro with a cherry red wine sauce. This visit, I had the chicken scallopini ($14) over a lovely polenta." [Yelp]

The Bad News: "Our party of five was seated next to a designated play area for the kids," writes Judie L. "Although it was not in use during our meal, I had dark imaginings of what could be."

The What's-That-I-Can't-Hear-You News: "The food, very good, the service excellent, the ACOUSTICS TERRIBLE," writes depoe. "We were exhausted when we left from shouting." Buffychick1985 chimes in with, "It felt like we were eating in a warehouse; very bare, unattractive, and VERY loud!!!" And cara g adds, "I agree with others that the space is very noisy, but hopefully that will improve as well. FINGERS CROSSED!" [TripAdvisor]

The Perfect-Pizza News: "We are very picky about pizza," writes yachats70. "It was perfect and the basil pesto sauce was perfect and did not overwhelm the pizza."  [TripAdvisor]

The Yay-There's-Finally-Good-Italian-On-The-Oregon-Coast News: "So cool to taste some amazing Italian on the coast for once in my life," tweets AJ Brown. "Wine was great, pasta-solid, dessert perfect. Pork shank was amazing. I'm really excited to see what happens next." [@GraphicOdyssey]


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