Sono Wood Fired (Restaurant, Lincoln Park)
Tired of fancy burgers and the foodie frenzy? If you are, and you’re a lover of all things simple and Italian, Sono Wood Fired is the next restaurant you need to try. A friend and I went late one Saturday night and were lucky enough to snag a table in the front by the windows with no waiting time. The hostess that greeted us asked if it was our first time at Sono, and offered lots of suggestions when I asked what her favorite dishes were. We decided to split a reasonably priced bottle of wine, and their wine list is very extensive! The server seemed pretty knowledgeable about the wine list too, which always helps.
We began with the antipasta mista and a couple bruschettas. You can order the bruschetta one by one, which allows you to try a couple of their different kinds. The cipollini onion, humboldt fog, and lavender honey was recommended to us by both our server and the hostess, and it did not disappoint. We then decided to split a pizza finocchi, which was the perfect amount of food for two with a couple appetizers. The menu allows you to chose from two types of pizza, pizza rossa or pizza blanca, indicating which sauce base your pizza will have. The pizza finocchi had braised fennel, onion, goat cheese, and marscarpone and was delicious. It was light, perfectly fired in their wood burning pizza over, and had plenty of gooey cheese. We heard pizza choices on the menu will change seasonally. I’d love to go back and try their pastas.
The food also comes out very fast, so if you are looking for a more leisurely meal, space out your ordering. The service was very friendly and provided good recommendations when we asked for them. And if you need to grab a beer in a more bar atmosphere, Sono is located right next door to Urban Burger Bar. Chef John McLean, who spent 25 years with Levy Restaurants and now owns his own Good Eats Restaurant Group, opened both restaurants within one week in the summer of 2010.