Despite the name, I can't quite picture Sopranos being a place where famed HBO mob leader Tony Soprano would eat. Though the decor is traditional Italian, complete with red-checkered tablecloths and pictures of the Rat Pack, the charming streams of lights draped across the restaurant make it feel more old-world Italy than mafioso hangout.
The menu features traditional Italian food, including lasagna and a wide range of pastas and popular specialties such as veal limon and gnocchi al tegame, all at affordable prices. You'll appreciate the fact that the restaurant sticks to its roots: the food here tastes like it came straight from grandma's kitchen. Like the red-checkered tablecloths, the food is completely unpretentious, even offering a make-your-own-pizza option for kids.
Tucked away on Sheffield between Wellington and Diversey, Sopranos' small neighborhood feel makes it a comfortable, casual place to go for any occasion. One occasion not to miss would be Mondays, which feature half-priced bottles of wine. The restaurant has a fairly large selection of wines, offering more than 20 wines by the glass from its impressively stocked wine cellar. On weekends you can enjoy performances by a Rat Pack-style lounge act.
Centerstage Reviewer: Ann McDonald