I have been meaning to try this place for a long long time… Sono Wood Fired is located at the North/Clybourn Red Line stop, and right across the street from the gorgeous new apple store in Lincoln Park. It is owned by the same owner of Urban Burger Bar, and they recently finished up a Groupon promotion. Just as the name suggests, Sono wood fired makes wood-fired italian pizza with clever topping combinations and intriguing appetizers.
Jon & I arrived here right in the middle of a rainstorm, and we vowed to drink & eat our way through the rain in order to avoid any further suffering We each ordered our own flight of wine because the Thursday special has a white or red flight for $10! Hard to resist, I know.
We also sampled two of their ~six seasonally inspired bruschettas:
This one was even more wild & unique because I never put pears on other things. Clearly, this restaurant does not rely on the standards; rather they are innovators of classic italian eats.
Both bruschettas were a nice start, and then we went for the pizzas. This was a tough discussion to have… I worked to stray away from the standards since the intriguing combinations were too hard to resist. So we went for it.
So the Pancetta pizza was a bit of a stretch for me, but once I tasted it, I could see how well the toppings fit together. The arugula was super fresh and had a strong taste, the tomatoes were top notch, and the pancetta offered a nice contrast. Crust was nice and thin, and willing to be eaten with a fork and knife. It wasn’t as gummy as a Neapolitan pizza, and it had a nice olive oil flavor to it…
The Salsicce was basically their margherita pizza with sausage… or so I thought. Little pieces of basil topped our pizza. Needless to say, Jon & I were impressed. They said they tend to use the basilito for the Sausage and regular basil for the margherita. I kind of enjoyed the Basilito here because larger pieces may have overwhelmed the sauce/cheese/sausage combo. The sausage was home ground at the restaurant, and it was John McClean, the owner, who said he loves it in clumps. I might beg to differ on that, but enjoyed it nonetheless.
I feel like Sono is in a great location, and more people should try to visit for their different specials each day of the week:
Sun – $5 Antipastis, $7 Glass-pour Wines;
Mon – 1/2 price bottles of wine;
Tue – 2-for-1 pizzas;
Wed – $30 prix fix menu for 2: 2 bruschetta, 2 pizzas, 1 gelato;
Thu – $10 Wine Flights
(All dine-in only)
Thanks to John, Brooke, and Anna for helping us enjoy our meal!