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Sofi Restaurant
Sofi Restaurant

Sofi Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sofirestaurantandbar.com
  • Phone: (312) 753-5502
  • Hours of Operation: 7 days a week: 5PM - 10:30 PM
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harrison and Polk
  • Parking: No
A word from Sofi Restaurant
Born in Milan to culinary great Cesarina, a Cordon Bleu of Chaine des Rotisseurs in Paris, Maurizio inherited his passion for cooking and learned his skills under the watchful eye of his mother.

After years of being the front man in Milan and New York’s most prestigious restaurants, Maurizio realized that he wanted to pursue his passions as a chef and subsequently opened his own Maurizio Trattoria in NYC’s Greenwich Village to great critical acclaim and success.

Along with many prestigious articles and reviews, Maurizio Trattoria was also voted one of the best restaurants in New York by Forbes magazine from 2004 to 2007. Maurizio Trattoria’s regular clientele included famous A-list movie stars, fashion designers, Ceo’s, as well as neighborhood notables.

Sofi Restaurant is an upscale Milanese Trattoria simply decorated with lithographs from Carroll Tyson and table tops that are handmade from two hundred year old wood.
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Diner Reviews
  • "All the food is great and this is a wonderful hidden gem. Corkage fee is way too high. I don't drink, but I overheard it - and I felt sorry that the restaurant would charge such a high price for corkage fees, it should be way less. Other than that. The place is awesome."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had dinner on a Wednesday evening. My husband had the sea bass. I had the veal chop. They were both fine but nothing to rave about. The dessert of berries and cream was excellent. We each had 2 glasses of wine and the bill was about $150. As other reviewers have mentioned, this is an expensive restaurant for a just good, neighborhood feel. NB: somebody mentioned excellent bread. My bad: I was anticipating good Italian bread. It was rosemary foccacia - which I don't care for. Just to know."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I've eaten at Sofi a number of times before, and the service has been exceptional--attentive without being intrusive. Our experience this time was different. Bove (whom I had not seen here before, expressed his opinions (unsought) on the state of education in the US, politics, and religion. One person in my party responded, which, unfortunately, encouraged Bove to expand on his opinions. He did not spoil our evening, but we could have done without the intrusion--and repeated question about how we were doing. In my opinion, a good server/waiter observes and asks only if something appears to be an issue. Still, as always, Sofi is one of my favorites."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "we've lived in north of Milan for many years, and this place is a transplant from there. Fresh ingredients, the anti pasti are great - just pure unadulterated food… take good ingredients and let them speak for themselves."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Fun place for dinner with family or friends! Bolognese was outstanding -- could order it as an app to share!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Average sized portions, which is fine. Simple salads, but ingredient quality is very good. Same with pasta selections. Very well put together. Service was also very good, except for skimping on olive oil for bread. We re not Chicago Italian afficionados, but the quality/price ratio must be quite competitive here. Oh, quiet as well, even though they were half full. We would go back."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The pan-seared cod was outrageously good! It was so tasty & scrumptious. And the waiter did a fantastic job as well (very attentive, friendly & professional). We'll certainly be back to Sofi's when we return to Chicago!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "When the maître de greeted us with Buena serra--I knew we were in the right place, but when sparkling glasses of Prosecca appeared unbidden that's Amore! After the early Sunday show at Jazz Showcase we walked over and enjoyed really delicious sea scallops wrapped in bacon, fusilli with a lamb-tomato sauce, sea bass and veal scallopine. The crème brulee was beautifully done for 2 to share at dessert. High marks for a simply decorated but very hospitably staffed little gem."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My SO and I went here on a Saturday night and had such a great experience. We wouldn't have known about it except that he lives in the area and got a recommendation from his banker. He said it was the best Italian food in the city and he wasn't lying! It's a very unassuming place inside, not too bright or dark. The service is impeccable and all of the wait staff are Italian natives. We got the artichoke appetizer and two pasta dishes (pesto genovese & tagliatelle anatra), all of which were delicious. If you are in need of comfort food, this is the place to go. The waiter brought us two glasses of wine after asking a few questions about each of our preferences and from then on I knew we could trust any recommendations they made."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "One feels like a guest in the kitchen of a talented chef-- "at home" in a restaurant where the first impression is that the proprietor and staff want to take good care of you. Then, to have that feeling born out by delicious menu choices that deliver what is promised is a real treat. The prices are reasonable, and the wine portions generous. I had the sardine starter on bed of arugula and fresh baby tomatoes. Excellent freshly sautéed fish one can't find many other places. My fresh pasta just melted in my mouth. My sister's risotto was mouthwatering also."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Reading the many reviews of Sofi, it seemed like an excellent choice. The service was certainly excellent, a good sign considering how busy they were on a Sunday night. But the food--the chef's "specials"--were disappointing. The asparagus soup didn't have much flavor. The olive oil was actually bitter: not a good sign. And the special--pounded filet mignon in a red sauce with capers and olives sounded good but just didn't excite. And the potatoes were overcooked. Maybe other dishes would be better."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great food and desserts! Will definitely be coming back next time I am in Chicago."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was very good - service was slow. It did get crowded and I think large groups that were spread among multiple tables - but we were close to done and they just couldn't get us dessert and the check. Was a bit pricey if you have appetizer, meal, desert and a glass of wine - but food was very good. With the room full - it was very noisy and hard to talk at our table."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Dinner hit all the right notes - accommodating and attentive service, delicious fare and a solid wine list. We enjoyed it so much we booked a dinner party there for later this summer."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We enjoy our dinners very much and are often here once a week. Sent a group of 12 for dinner and they are still raving about their experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is my wife's absolute favorite Italian food in the city. She's right! Every dish is wonderful and great knowledgeable staff. Be sure to ask about their wine recomendations."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I was in town for business and picked Sofi to take a client out to dinner. This was a result of on line recommendations and I was not disappointed. The menu choices were impressive and food fantastic. Service was excellent and overall experience great. I will be coming back again and highly recommend this to anyone for client dinner or for a night out with your partner."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had a perfectly cooked risotto and good pasta on one hand and also an appetizer that appeared to be made with canned artichokes on the other. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The restaurant is small but very comfortable. The staff are very friendly and attentive. The food was very good, but the osso bucco was a little on the tough side. Definitely will return. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. The wait staff is some of the best in the city. Very friendly and accommodating. We never felt rushed or neglected. The food was great we loved everything. So much to choose from"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We love Sofi! The food, ambience, and staff are all excellent. We've been to very many of Chicago's noted restaurants and we keep coming back to Sofi. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We were in Chicago for a convention recently, and made 3 Open Table reservations based on $$ or $$$ with 4+ stars. Sofi was very good, but with so many excellent choices in Chicago, I would not necessarily go back. The food was tasty, but not outstanding. Our server was very good and friendly, but was a little too obvious in upselling us on the wine. The ambiance was a little cold--tablecloths would help. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "the food was very good and I would definitely return to the restaurant, but maybe on a night when they have more than one server working the entire restaurant and one gentleman trying to bus tables etc. There was a girl walking around with a backpack on who left then came back and served some water, but basically did nothing. we spent way, way, too much time waiting for our check, any drink refills, etc. I can't blame the server as he was working as hard as he could to serve everyone and the place was packed. I blame management-you have a reservation book so you know how many are going to dine that evening. such a shame as our visit could have been a more pleasant experience"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We keep coming back because the food is that good! The kitchen sometimes struggles getting all the dishes to the table at the same time but that does not detract from the quality of the food and the table service, which is attentive without being smothering. I appreciate the ability to order half portions of the pasta but I also appreciate the fact that the pasta portions are not oversized. Ingredients are very high quality and the pasta and risotto (a true test of the kitchen's skill) are always perfectly cooked. This time I tried the pappardelle with duck and thought it as good as I'd find in Italy. My guests raved about the triofe with Genovese pesto and the tagliatelle primavera. Also, the small size of the restaurant is very inviting."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I liked it... it was okay. Loved the authenticity of the place with Italian speaking servers however the food was just okay. The lobster ravioli was decent, gnocchi had a good sauce but the texture of the gnocchi was a bit mushy. Loved the stuffed focaccia bread. But everything else was just "okay.""
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This relatively new addition to the Printer's Row provides excellent dishes - possibly the best in the neighborhood. The menu may be too extensive for such a small venue, but the diversity of dishes means there's always something that will satisfy. Prices are too high to make it a regular weekly event, but fair for those special occasions. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I was looking for a place to eat for Mother's Day. I found Sofi's on Open Table. It was a great place! The menu had a variety of options. The food was delicious! I especially loved the delicious creamy Polenta and braised beef. The bread was warm and mimosa's awesome. My family had Tuna and an Italian dish which they said was wonderful. We ordered two Creme Brulee's to top off our lunch which was yummy! Our server was very sweet, attentive to our needs and she had a great personality. She answered our questions about the menu and was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend Sofi for lunch or dinner. It is a quiet and great place to dine. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent menu and everything we had was wonderful -- seafood risotto, truffled pasta. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My husband got our family reservations here for a family get together (adults only). The food was superb, the staff incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and the ambience was lovely. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to Sofi for the first time on a Friday night. We showed up 25 minutes early for our reservation, but were still seated promptly. The wait was knowledgeable, and made good recommendations. His service was attentive, but not overbearing. The food was absolutely phenomenal, the best Italian I've had in the city. I appreciated the moderate portions, as I had ample food, but did not leave a huge portion of pasta on my plate. The tiramisu for dessert is a must. Will absolutely be back!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "On a recent visit, the restaurant was very busy. This is a good sign for our neighborhood! This is a quiet place with excellent service and food that is closer to 3.5-3.75. Three stars are not adequate and four seem a bit too many. I ordered a special seafood risotto which was very good but might have had deeper flavors and more complexity. This restaurant has a very comfortable feel to it where many couples, small family groups, and some business conversations can thrive."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Sofi is a Chicago gem. My initial visit was for a Sunday brunch with one of my sons. At that time, both of us were avoiding meat. We recently returned for an early Mother's Day dinner celebration. On both occasions, our selections exceeded our expectations in flavor, originality, and presentation. This is true Italian cuisine, reviewing as an American who has travelled to different regions of Italy. Upon entering this family-owned restaurant, one feels like a welcomed guest. The wait staff made excellent recommendations, given our preferences in food and wines. The portions are generous, so if you think that no meal is complete without dessert, you may want to share one of your dishes. Like the show . . . the price is right, too. Brava!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Our second dinner here -- wonderful server, wine selection and extensive delicious Italian cuisine -- hard to select an item!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "From appetizers to desserts, everything we ordered was superb! This is now our favorite South Loop restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The wine selected by our server was outstanding and the salad and lobster ravioli was delicious! We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Finally, an Italian restaurant without Alfredo. Buono ma un po caro. Definitely recommend for varieties of pasta."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Each meal I have had at this restaurant has been excellent. Exquisite Italian food served with great style. Choose carefully and you can get a great wine at a very modest price."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner, great service, excellent wine suggestion. You were out of sambuca? (I made up for it with a port.) We'll be back... many times!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This place was a little expensive once you added in a nice bottle of wine but it was worth it just to eat the potato gnocchi."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Two friends and I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Sofi Monday evening. My one friend had a risotti dish which she loved and my other friend had the sauteed cod in a zesty tomato sauce and soft polenta which she also loved. We split a couple grilled octopus appetizers which were fabulous. I had the orecchiette with broccoli rapa, sweet and spicy sausage olive oil and garlic which was good although not nearly enough spicy sausage for my taste. Sofi is a terrific neighborhood gem of a place - I could easily eat there once a week and look forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/24/2014