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About Sofi Restaurant
Born in Milan to a renowned restaurant family, Chef/Owner Maurizio Michi has always had a passion for cooking.
His Sofi restaurant is located on Printer's Row in the beautiful town of Chicago.
This Northern Italian Restaurant features classics that include, Ossobuco alla Milanese, Braised Short Ribs of Beef, Veal Chop Emiliana, Fish Stew Viareggina, along with Steaks, Lamb Chops and grilled Sea Bass Branzino all of which are executed to perfection under his watchful eye.
Sofi also offers authentic Italian pastas that are prepared in house daily with the freshest ingredients in the market.
Bread, Focaccia and all of our desserts are also prepared daily.
some examples of the desserts include Panna Cotta, Chocolate Souffle', Tirami Su' and Ricotta cheese cake.
The wine list is comprised mainly of wine from Italian vineyards with some California exceptions.
Hospitable and Welcoming, Sofi creates the perfect Italian Restaurant experience.
Chicago, IL 60605
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
7 days a week: 5PM - 10:30 PM
Harrison and Polk
$31 to $50
Private Party Facilities:
The space features 60 seats with a front patio that holds 30. This is Michi's first solo restaurant in Chicago, although he's a vet that was literally born in a kitchen in Italy. He owned a restaurant in New York City for five years before moving to Chicago.
Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 602-6382
Sofi Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
At best the food was fair. I had pasta with a duck ragu which was almost tasteless and only a few shreds of duck. Others said there’s we’re OK. Service also not impressive. I asked for a lemon for my water and got 1 small piece. I order a cup of tea and for $5 got a minimal selection and a tiny cup. Had to ask for an additional pot of hot water which I did get. Water was not refilled unless we asked. Would never go back.
This place was recommended on Check Please and from a friend. BIG MISTAKE. Overpriced and waiter was very very inattentive !!!!! He recommended the Veal Chop($45.00) without anything. It was horrible , fatty and grizzly . When he came to give us the check, THEN he asked how we liked our meal. I told him what was wrong with it and he just laughed. Suffice it to say, he did not get a 20% tip. Also the other three people who had the veal felt the same. Never again!!!
We went there on early Sunday evening in hopes that it wouldn't be crowded. We were right. It gave us an opportunity to slowly enjoy the meal the way it should be enjoyed . Glad we did. The wine list is good and affordable. The food was fantastic from the stuffed zucchini flowers to the burnt butter ravioli, rigatoni ,veal chop and short ribs. And for dessert, the riccoto cheese cake and a nice Lemon cello capped a perfect dinner. The waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. A perfect evening was had. And to the chef BRAVO BRAVO. WILL defently be back.
Dinning at Sofi is amazing! The quality and quantity of the food my wife and I had was perfect, I had the COSTOLETTA DI MAIALE "SALTIMBOCCA ALLA ROMANA" which was sublime, my wife had RAVIOLI DI ARAGOSTA which was, by her words, "heavenly"; and of course we had dessert and coffee that completed our meal perfectly. This was just the beginning of our evening and we could not have asked for a better start to our night out.
After seeing Sofi favorably reviewed on 'Check Please' - we decided to visit. Small venue - tables too close together - we chose to sit at the small bar. Our server was very friendly and the food was good. However, we had our appetizer served before we finished the soup and our entree arrived immediately after - so we had plates piles up. I understand the need to move people out - but we ordered drinks, had 3 courses in less than an hour. Too rushed.
I noted the recent review on Check Please and convenient south loop location so I reserved at Sofi before a concert at Symphony Center (an easy 15 minute walk). We ate outside because it was a beautiful warm evening. Service was a little rocky because they were very busy. I think the fame has brought many more diners in and Sofi is still adjusting service requirements. The wine list is limited but had some good choices - we had a couple of bottles of the Montepulciano wine and it was quite good with the food. The squash blossoms (a special), salad, and scallops were all good appetizers. Entrees were equally good - roasted vegetables for the vegan in our party, smoked salmon and asparagus (the special), duck bolognese over tagliatelle, and pumpkin ravioli (also a special) were all quite fresh, well-cooked and delicious. We wanted to order a desert but ran out of time so had to rush the check and leave quickly to make our show.
There were 2 parties going on in the restaurant, chosen because of its reputation for being "quiet"; fortunately the weather was gorgeous and we ate al fresco, feeling like tourists in Paris.
The pasta dishes, one with salmon, the other with duck ragout, were outstanding.
The street is very very quiet. (I almost hate to give away the secret).
Our first interaction was with the waiter who responded very rudely when I asked about citrus infused vodka, such is gray goose le Citroen; he replied no. Happily he wasn’t our waiter, and a lovely young woman served as our waitstaff. The scallops appetizer was absolutely delicious; however, I’d steer clear of the prawns and linguini pasta dish because the pasta tasted a little bit stale and the prawns were overcooked making it difficult to get the meat out with the little fork provided. My friend had the short ribs and said they were delicious and she enjoyed them very much. At an Italian restaurant you do expect any pasta dish to be off the charts delicious and this one was not. After finishing our scallops appetizer, the dish sat on the table for quite a long time after the other courses were served, and I had to ask the waitress to please remove it. She took care of it even though her arms were full with other dishes and for that I give her a lot of credit. Bus boy? Unseen or busy? An older gentleman, perhaps the owner or manager, was on the floor as well and he didn’t help out with the dishes and he didn’t stop by to ask if we were satisfied; he did however go to other tables nearby and ask if they were satisfied or needed anything. Were we invisible? I think not. Weather permitting they do offer dining outside which seems like a nice option if the weather permits. Overall I have to say I won’t be returning to Sofi.
Manager wanted to max out his space. He overruled his hostess, who wanted to place us at away from what she knew would soon be a very large and noisy group at a slightly larger table. As a result, my wife and I had a miserable dinner and I probably should have immediately complained. I didn't and certainly regretted it. We won't be back. Take care of your customers and you will earn their repeated business and their respect.
This had some of the most tasteless Italian food I've ever had. I had the veal with porcini mushroom and white wine. It came without any salt, pepper or garlic, I did not taste a wine sauce. I hardly use salt. My husband got the fusili with spicy sausage. It was a fricelli pasta (positive about that) and they forgot to put the spicy lamb sausage and just gave him, ground beef. I questioned the pasta, they swore it was a fusili, they were wrong and finally gave him a plate with the lamb sausage. It wasn't busy, but the service was so slow. The owner just stands around and does very little. Do not waste your money!
Read the reviews and thought we would give it a try. Love Italian food, especially hand made. We were not disappointed. The mozzarella was homemade and lucious, and the gnocchi were little pillows of heaven. My daughter was a bit disappointed with her rigatoni in a creamy red sauce. It was good, but nothing spectacular. The veal was perfectly cooked with fresh tomatoes. Would have loved to try everything on the menu, as fairly extensive with their usual menu and daily specials. Would definitely eat there again when we come back to town.
The staff here is friendly and the clientele seems to really enjoy the homey ambiance. However, We were very disappointed with the food for the most part. I am hoping our experience was an exception . The Vitello Saltimbocca was dry and very very salty. The rapini was bitter and tough. The Parmesan risotto was cooked and seasoned to perfection. The baby octopus appetizer was grilled nicely but extremely tough. The presentation of this dish was superb. The pesto sauce with it was also excellent. I am not able to recommend this restaurant for consistent quality of menu selections based on this experience.
Sofi is a friendly restaurant. The food is OK. The wine list lacks real full-body wines but is rich with "weaker" alternatives.
The veal Milanese, that for me has always been a benchmark for the other dishes, was way below expectations (compare it to Piccolo Sogno's , or to the legendary Bice's). It was missing relevant spices ( including salt !) ,and was soaked with oil instead of being crispy. On the other hand it is clear that professional efforts are made by the chef to prepare fresh and good food (at reasonable prices).
Sofi is our choice for pre-show dinners in the south loop ( Jazz showcase, the auditorium theatre , etc.).
Due to Lollapalooza, we elected to stay closer to the Hilton. Out the door, our tab was $175 for two. We did have two drinks each. The frito misto was overcooked. The food was over-saged. Our server was indifferent. I would skip this one. There is a 7-11 about 1 1/2 blocks away.
Wonderful! This is not just great Italian food, it's Italian food for Italians, or people who have spent lots of time in Italy. Everything is just as you would expect if you were sitting down to dine in Florence, Milan, or Rome, with nothing Americanized at all (though you can get pasta Alfredo if you ask for it specially, but it's not on the main menu.) I've never found more authentically Italian Italian food in the USA. The pastas are extraordinary, all fresh, all the familiar Italian options: cacio e pepe, butter and sage, amatriciana, authentic carbonara made the northern Italian way without cream, and fancier things with clams, saffron etc. Great risotto too, and brilliant appetizers, especially the fried zucchini blossoms and the burrata. The portions are rather larger than an Italian restaurant might serve, so just a primo or just a secundo can be enough for a light meal. The prices are very reasonable given the quality and the imported ingredients. You can have a simple meal very affordable, or go all out. Recently I had a very fancy meal there with friends and we had appetizers, and primi, and secundi, and two rounds of dessert, and that was a bit over $100 per person in the end, but not bad for what really was six courses! And one can dine there more modestly as well.
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