In May of last year I posted a retro takeout menu from the old Villa Sorrento restaurant in Roanoke, which served up Italian food to hungry customers from 1959 until 2000. The blog entry sparked 26 comments and a lot of warm memories of the place. Several of you specifically mentioned the wonderful “older lady” who worked as hostess and made everyone feel at home.
That was Rose Provenzano, affectionately known to many regulars as “Mama Sorrento.” She ran the restaurant with her husband, Joe. Sadly, Mrs. Provenzano passed away on Saturday. She was 83. She was preceded in death by Joe Provenzano. Maybe they are whipping up some spectacular pies in heaven. Surely there’s awesome pizza in heaven?
A quote from Mrs. Provenzano’s obituary in today’s Roanoke Times: “She served a lot of Italian food in her lifetime, but it was her rolls and that one of a kind personality that kept people coming back. Rose had a way of making each and every customer feel special and right at home.”
Rest in peace, Mama Sorrento.