The story of Amore
Inspired by Naples native Chef Pasquale Sorrentino and his team, Amore brings an authentic taste of Italy to the heart of Rochester. Our menu features traditional Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh pasta dishes, and Mediterranean-inspired entrées with a focus on seafood, simple preparations, and organic seasonal produce.
From a young age, Mauricio has had a passion for food. Growing up in South America, his family ran a restaurant out of his childhood home. “I remember grinding llajwa with a mortar and pestle as a kid,” he reminisces. As an adult, Mauricio gained expertise in the hospitality industry working at “Five Diamond” and world-famous resorts in Florida. He then came to Rochester, NY to work at Next Door by Wegmans, bringing with him a fresh palate and an extensive knowledge of global flavors. Mauricio now leads the way at Amore, offering guests a truly memorable experience.
Chef de Cuisine
Chef Pasquale Sorrentino learned to cook in his hometown of Torre del Greco, Naples, on Italy’s Amalfi coast. After high school, he moved to Tuscany to turn his passion for cooking into a career. For the next ten years, he worked in kitchens around the area and in Barcelona, eventually meeting his Webster, New York-born wife in Florence.
In 2003, he brought his talents to Rochester where he’s headed up the kitchen at several acclaimed restaurants. Since then, his recipes, attention to detail, and commitment to using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients have earned him a loyal following.
Sorrentino came to Amore in 2015 and has led the way ever since. “Working at a restaurant with a grocery store attached is a chef’s dream,” says Sorrentino. “There is never a shortage of new products and ingredients to use if I want to try a new recipe.”