You don't have to be able to hit the high notes to appreciate Sopranos Italian Kitchen in St. Louis Park's West End. Executive chef J.P. Samuelson features delicious fresh pasta and meaty selections from the fragrant wood-fired grill in an haute red and black Italian lodge setting.
The Piadina, a deconstructed flatbread, arrives with high-quality rosemary honey, gorgonzola and prosciutto atop crispy fried bread strips. The mozzarella salad features house-made cheese and tastes like gardiniera. The braised escarole with pancetta will have you eating your greens. The wonderfully savory Strozzapretti (the name means strangling a priest, which we certainly don't recommend) contains chicken, tomato and Pecorino in a zesty pesto sauce.
Does the restaurant's name have you missing Tony and the rest of the Soprano clan? Order a sweet and sassy Ba Da Bing, with raspberry vodka, strawberry syrup and prosecco. Or try one of the wines kept fresh in kegs.
Be sure to leave room for dessert: A cappuccino and the tart and tasty Limoncello Baby Cakes (pictured). Separated by tiny sheets of white chocolate, the lemony cake bites rest on a bed of tangy cream and provide a lovely end to the meal.
Carmela would approve.
Sopranos Italian Kitchen, 5331 W. 16th Street, St. Louis Park. 952-345-2400. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4-10 p.m. Sunday.
Photo by Noah Wolf.