The next generation of the Rochester restaurant family is ready to leave its mark

Nadia and Jordan Victoria have a vision to modernize their family’s restaurant brand in Rochester.

The cousins ​​grew up watching their parents work at Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar, long considered one of Rochester’s finest restaurants since it opened more than 25 years ago. The “restaurant kids” learned almost every facet of the business before they graduated from high school.

Now Nadia and Jordan are looking to put a spin on the family specialty by launching their own restaurant.

“It was kind of always something we talked about,” Nadia said.

at Sorellina — sorelline means “little sister” in Italian – is set to open in southwest Rochester in less than two weeks with Nadia and Jordan at the helm. The bistro is a lighter version of Victoria’s that caters to a younger population. This includes full-scale alfresco dining, fun cocktails at the bar, and more pizza varieties, with a pizza oven and serving area as the focal point inside the restaurant.

“We anticipate this to be a big issue with our pizzas,” Jordan said.

The couple moved back to Rochester several years ago after going to college – St. Mary’s University for Jordan and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for Nadia. For Nadia, growing up in Victoria turned out to be a much better learning experience than business classes, she said.

Nadia turned to business, dealing with supply issues and finances, while Jordan found a taste for cooking. It’s the split they agreed to as co-owners of Sorellina after reviewing the former Associated Bank-First Federal property just south of Apache Mall at 1155 16th St. SW.

“It was kind of always something we talked about,” Nadia said.

The property had been vacant for years before the family bought it last summer for $1.75 million. Since then, Nadia and Jordan have been working on the design of the Victoria’s restaurant spin-off.

“They’re getting smarter and smarter and getting faster in so many different ways,” said Natalie Victoria, Nadia’s mother. As well as co-owning Victoria’s, Natalie also owns Tap House and Tap House West.

Natalie admits she has to fight her “inner micromanager” when looking at Nadia and Jordan’s decisions, but she said she was happy to see them succeed and fail on their own terms.

“That’s how you grow up,” she says.

Building the restaurant was difficult, Nadia said. Interior construction is nearly complete, and the cousins ​​have scheduled a pre-opening for June 10. They are aiming for a grand opening on June 13.

“We’re really looking forward to being able to open up and show everyone what we’ve learned over the years growing up in this industry,” Nadia said.

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