Pat Magro's roots reach back to a small family farm in San Giuseppe Jato, Sicily, where as a young boy, he and his brothers worked in the fields helping to harvest the family farm.
In 1973, his parents moved the family to the United States, for a better opportunity. They hoped to build a better future for Pat and his three brothers.
In 1975, Pat took a job at Remington Arms. Five years later, he married Cindy Digristina, of Schuyler, and started a family. In the meantime, Pat's younger brother took a part time job in a pizzeria while attending high school. Through this association, Pat and Cindy began their education in the pizza business.
In 1986, the young couple gambled their future and bet on the village of Ilion. They took all their savings and purchased the former Van Vaukenburg store on Central Avenue. They worked day and night to convert the store into a restaurant and twenty year successful business. To their credit and with the support of Ilion and the entire Mohawk Valley community, Sorrento Pizzeria was born.
Pat and Cindy Magro have been serving quality food to the Mohawk Valley for almost 20 years. Sorrento's has become a main stay in downtown Ilion serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
The secret to their success is never to cut corners. Pat and Cindy's approach is to serve all customers as they would their own family with the best food possible prepared with personal pride. Pat and Cindy insist on using only the best ingredients to produce quality food.
For Pat and Cindy, the new restaurant is a natural chapter in a love affair they have with both the food industry and the Mohawk Valley. They credit their success to the residents of Ilion, the entire Mohawk Valley and of course the surrounding locations, for their support over the past 20 years. It is that support that has led to this next Chapter in the history of Sorrento's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
The Magro's have expanded with the addition of Salvatore's Sorrento II, in August of 2007, which is located at 117 North Main St., in Herkimer, which is managed by their son Salvatore. With the business' growing and demand rising for private parties, Pat and Cindy opened the banquet and catering business in May of 2009. Francesca is the general manager of Francesca's Banquets and Catering.
We invite you to experience the difference at Francesca's Banquets