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Hand-made “to order” mozzarella with wood-fired crostini.

Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria is located in Lincoln Park at 1582 N. Clybourn Ave. in Chicago. I had the honor to experience Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria and was guided through my eating and drinking extravaganza by the remarkable and brilliant, John McLean, Chef Owner of Good Eats Restaurant Group LLC which includes Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria as just one of his numerous, top notch eating and drinking establishments.

Chef Owner John McLean.

I started my Sono indulgence with a couple of items from the Antipasti (Appetizer) menu. The first was the mozzarella, a hand-made “to order” mozzarella with wood-fired crostini, this savory and decadent appetizer is a must try on the menu and the perfect way to begin a meal. The second Antipasti I experienced was the lamb meatballs in a roasted garlic tomato sauce; these meatballs were so moist and flavorful!

Lamb meatballs in a roasted garlic tomato sauce.

My next course was the Bruschette; the delicious options offered made it difficult to choose just one. Fortunately, there is a bruschette flight which offers patrons the ability to pick five to share. I chose the fig, cipollini, burrata, roasted pepper and funghi. All bruschette were delicious, so I highly recommend the bruschette flight to experience different tastes and flavors.

Bruschette flight.

I was then able to try the nightly specials menu which includes small plates, large plates, special pizza and featured wine. I chose from the large plates, the Crispy Chicken Thighs, Rapini, crisp potatoes and lemon sauce. This was an outstanding dish that I thoroughly enjoyed!

The pizza is Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria’s pride and joy and as it should be….it is phenomenal! Any pizza at Sono is the best of the best! My biggest challenge was choosing which pizza to try; with Chef John’s guidance I was able to experience their top selling pizza, soppressata.  This pizza consisted of spicy salume, wood-fired onions, fior di latte and basil. This pizza was incredible, amazing and all the adjectives I could use to describe this delicious pizza. My recommendation is try all the pizzas at Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria, they are equally tasty!


Just when I thought I could not take another bite, along comes the dessert menu and this is a menu which must be experienced! Again, another challenging decision to make as the choices were great.  I chose the Chocolate Truffle Cake, warm semi-sweet chocolate cake, sea salt caramel gelato and caramel sauce. I also tried the Zeppoles ‘little doughnuts,’ dusted in cinnamon sugar and chocolate hazelnut sauce. Both of these desserts were out of this world satisfying and a salute to the sweet tooth!

Chocolate Truffle Cake.



It is also important to note that Sono Wood Fire Pizzeria has an extensive red and white wine list along with an excellent beer list, specialty cocktails and spirits.  There is a perfect pairing with your meal at Sono; be sure to ask for recommendations on the best wine to pair with your meal.

Speaking of pairings….if you enjoy pairings, you may be interested in the Stem Society Club. The annual membership is $50 and the benefits include:

  • Instant updates through email when Sono has something rare and hard to find.
  • Invitations to all of their special events including but not limited to: featured “Meet The Maker” dinners with the winemakers themselves. Regional wine tastings with resident experts.
  • 10% off on all wines by the bottle.
  • 10% off all wine events.
  • $1 off on featured wines by the glass.

To top off the outstanding benefits…. on Thursdays, members can take part in “Wine Flights and Little Bites” at the bar from 5:00-7:00p.m. Sono offers 3 select wine tastings paired with 3 small bites for only $20.

Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria also offers wonderful daily specials for everyone:

­Sunday:  ½ price bottles of wine and Industry Night 25% off for restaurant industry friends

Tuesday: $10 Pizzas and Pastas

Wednesday: $6 Antipasti and $8 Specialty Cocktails

Thursday: $10 Wine Flights and Wine Flights and Bites $20

Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria is now also open for lunch:

Tuesday-Friday 11:30-3:00


Saturday and Sunday 11:30-3:00

If you are looking for the best in catering, look no further than Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria! Food is served family style and the restaurant can accommodate 4 to 70 people or up to 300 people for off premise events. Be sure to contact the restaurant for more details on their catering menu. You will not be disappointed!

I enjoyed my experience at Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria immensely and will definitely return! I also look forward to visiting additional restaurants in the Good Eats Restaurant Group LLC.


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