Sign outside Sorriso on Shelburne Road
A third location of Mimmo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
will replace Sorriso this month at 408 Shelburne Road on the border of Burlington and South Burlington.
Owner Domenico “Mimmo” Spano opened the original Mimmo’s in St. Albans in 1995 and launched a second in Essex Junction about 17 years ago. The restaurants are known for their pizza, pasta dishes, hero sandwiches and salads, such as the signature balsamic chicken.
The former KFC in South Burlington has been a revolving door for local restaurants over the past few years; Sorriso opened there in November 2018. Owner Amir Jusufagic closed the Italian-themed eatery last Wednesday and would comment only that “it was a business decision.”
Spano said he’s been looking for the right location for another Mimmo’s for the past 15 years, but nothing had gelled until this opportunity. He is doing some renovation to the space, ‘just making it into a Mimmo’s,” he said. The menu will be the same as at the sister restaurants. “We want our customers to have a predictable experience,” Spano said.
The new Mimmo’s will hold a soft opening event around August 22 before opening fully by the end of the month, Spano said.