Sono Wood Fired

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$30 and under
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Sono Wood Fired features Chicago's best wood-fired oven pizzas. From the traditional Margherita to the spicy Soppressata Diavola and the deliciously seasonal Gamberi, Sono Wood Fired offers pizzas that are always delicious. In addition to the pizzas, Sono offers an amazing array of bruschette and antipasti as well as homemade pastas to share with a group or enjoy as an entree. Sono Wood Fired's wine list also boasts some of the best and affordable wines in the city. All of our wines accompany the menu beautifully and come from regions including Italy, Argentina, Greece and Spain. Whether you have a large group or family outing or just want a nice place for a first date, Sono Wood Fired can accommodate and ensure you have a wonderful evening.
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3.6
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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brian was a good server.

CD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly, warm ambience and the pizza delicious!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Service was good, food was mediocre. With so many other pizza choices in Chicago there really is no reason to eat here.

H
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Want to go to Steppenwolf after dining here, forget about. Go elsewhere. We have been here a few times before but this time Sono Wood completely dropped the ball and lied to us. We came in before 6 pm and ordered pizzas and wine. At 6:35 we were concerned that pizzas didn't arrive and the waiter said, they are coming right up. At 6:50, we said we really need to get the pizzas and he said OK but we could see from the exchange with the guy making the pizzas that they were not in the oven. At 7, we said, forget about it, we need to go. You really let us down. I had to argue to get a comp. We ordered pizzas over an hour before and said we need to leave by 7:10 and emphasized that a couple of times and were lied to that the pizza was forthcoming. We left, very hungry and disappointed. This place did us a grave disservice. And I had to argue vehemently to get a comp for the wine. Buyer, beware.

B
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Recently dined here on a Sunday night. Although the place was virtually empty, service was adequate as there was only one waiter/bartender/busser working besides the pizzaiola making the food. I almost felt sorry for our server as I know how it feels when you are a alone and have to perform the functions of 3-4 jobs by yourself. Was pleasantly surprised to find out our bottle of wine was half priced as it was not noted or promoted anywhere on menu or website. Pizzas were very good with a variety of unique flavors and ingredients. Always feels odd to be dining in an empty restaurant though, so I hope this place is busier on other nights.

CW
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice experience at Sono Wood Fire. Our reservation was honored. We were seated as soon as we walked in. Our waiter was very pleasant and the food was delicious. I love love loved the wood fired brussel sprouts appetizer. The pizza was delicious.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was very good but restaurant was very understaffed.

ST
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Yummy flavors. Good variety. Bruschetta flight was a hit. Salume pizza very good. Excellent salads. Too noisy.

DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a great experience overall. It got really busy so things got hectic but it was handled pretty well.

BN
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pizza could have been done a bit more, but wine selection was decent.

k
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went on a very quiet Wednesday evening. The only people working were our waiter and the chef. The waiter was handling every table, including all bar orders. He was very good, appropriately efficient, and friendly. The pizzas were very good.

MJ
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have eaten at Sono several times now and find it a very pleasant experience. The discounted price of pizza on Tuesday is a terrific deal. The fried calamari is wonderful and all the bruschetta are great. I usually end up ordering too much food but it’s so good I wish I had a bigger appetite! Staff are pleasant and don’t rush you, so it’s really one of my favorite places for a nice after-work get-together with someone I want to have a good conversation with.

JV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pizzas and appetizers were solid, as always. Went on a weeknight before Steppenwolf, so no wait for table. Had a good meal and a good time.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went on a Tuesday night and they had a wonderful special. Great pasta, pizza and salad. Everything was fresh and good menu variety. Our waitress was great and wished she had more help...she went above and beyond for the customers. Would definitely return next time I am in Chicago. Good venue close to second city comedy.

KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The pizza tasted good, but there are hardly any toppings or cheese on them. The bread that came with the charcuterie plate was stale, like it was left over from the night before. Definitely not worth the price.

EH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

We were there for a pre-theater dinner, and the place was quite empty. Despite temps near 100deg. outside, the full front window were open and the AC off in the dining room - with a pizza oven running! We would have left, but we had theater tix and no time to explore. The cocktails were great, service was fine. I had a trio salads which were all very good, and my husband had pasta, which was mediocre. Overall, I guess it was ok, but the heat was ridiculous.

B
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for dinner before the theater. Service was excellent. Food was delicious.

MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Worst meal I have had in Chicago. Pizza was awful, cannot believe this place has halfway decent reviews.

KI
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Disappointed. Was there a few years ago with the same friends and it was great. Today the place was empty (though admittedly it was in the afternoon), and though the flight of bruschetta was good, the pizza was soaking wet and soggy and basically inedible. The waiter didn’t even notice we didn’t finish or that it was in a pool of water except for the outside crust. We had a show to get to so didn’t have time to complain.

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always consistent quality for the food despite a limited menu. Great pre theater place.

AM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place, great food with a lot of variety on the menu.

One thing to note, someone in our party ordered a glass of red wine. After it arrived at the table we all agreed it had turned and wasn't any good. When we let our server know she didn't miss beat and said "no problem" and came back with another glass of wine. We all thought this was very good service. From one glass being taken away to the new one arriving was only about two minutes which is great. Our evening continued and we enjoyed everything!

M
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I made a a reservation but specifically put in the notes that if there is room at the bar, that would be my preference. When I arrived at a quarter before 6pm, nobody was at the bar so I was in luck. My friend and I shared the wild mushroom bruschette, beet salad and lamb meatballs, all of which tasted very good. I had a glass of the malbec and sangiovese, both of which were great. Our bartender was nice and helpful and I was planning on returning later that evening after the show for desert and a drink, but when I called, nobody answered so assumed they were closed.

I like this place and it's my go-to when I'm in the neighborhood.

BS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Pizza soggy
Empty restaurant
Dark room
Wasn’t told adding ingredient extra

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the gnocchi!

KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent brunch! Great drink deal- bottomless options for only $20. Will definitely return!

R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Vegetarian Pizza was good- thin crust and good flavour . My 3 year old picky eater enjoyed it so that meant a lot. Our dissappointment was the appetiser with mozzarella which was literally a ball of mozzarella cut in 4 pieces and served over 4 toasted bread... other than that Its a good place for a casual evening and to enjoy light pizza and drinks.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Pizza was fantastic. Great cocktails as well. Appetizers were just ok.

OT
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza ever

Report
DC
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Try the mozzarella appetizer. Good salads and pizza. Recommended.

KM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Sono Wood Fired as the first stop on an evening out with a large group (there were 9 of us). They couldn't have been more lovely and accommodating. The service was generous and friendly. The server brought a few samples of wine when we had trouble selecting a bottle, and he was patient with questions and had great suggestions and recommendations. We ordered some appetizers and several pizzas, and they were thoughtful about including extra pieces of toast so that we could share the appetizers with our whole group. Overall, a great experience, especially with a large group! We would all come back again.

JU
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - love the food and atmosphere

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The food (minus the appetizer) lacked flavor.

n
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the warm and romantic ambience. Excellent and attentive service. They have one of the best brick oven pizzas in the city! Also love the brunch, especially the unique crushed and roasted potatoes along with the omelets. Highly recommended for romantic dates and also for big groups. Will return many more times.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we didn’t know the restaurant beforehand. It was lovely and we would definitely go again!!

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We came here before catching a movie at the ArcLight up the street. It took awhile to get waters when we sat down, however once our server realized we’d been waiting she was very accommodating and checked in frequently to make sure we’d make it to our movie in time. We split the burrata appetizer, which was a good portion and the prosciutto with it was delicious. It could’ve used something acidic like tomatoes to really bring the dish together. My boyfriend ordered the gnocchi alla vodka and I got the prosciutto pizza. The gnocchi was soft and pillowy and the sauce was excellent - would definitely order this again. The pizza was a little disappointing. The toppings were good, but the crust was very bland and dry - probably needed salt at the very least. Maybe just a bad batch? Overall, it wasn’t a bad experience but there was a lot of room for improvement.

KA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best little gem on the planet! Service was friendly and attentive. Plus he got our "girls night out" vibe and rolled with it! His trainee also seemed to read us well. He helped us choose our first cocktail and looked super helpful.

M
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like this place. It was pretty quiet at 545pm but filled quickly soon afterward. I was pleasantly surprised to see a great wine I tried at Eataly being served here and had 2 glasses. My friend and I opted for a few appetizers: arrancini (fried risotto balls) and 2 bruscetta (fig and funghi). It all went well with the wine. For desert we had some lemoncello and the truffle cake with nutella gelato on top. Delicious. If this place were closer to home, I would come here much more often.

T
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good standard offerings but weirdly no specials and this was Valentine’s Day. Usually interesting brick oven cooked meat or fish options but maybe it’s changed. I hadn’t been in a while.

l
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the 'white' pizza (no tomato sauce).

LD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Bruschetta flight was fun and tasty. The pizza was pretty good, a little too burnt on the ends but nice and thin. The gnocchi was just okay. Loved our server, he was excellent!

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