Though the series ended in 2007, The Sopranos is still very much a love of Garden Staters. Fans still flock to spots like Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery Ice Cream Parlor in Bloomfield to sit in the booth where the last scene was filmed. But, now they can reminisce about where the first episode was filmed.
Acappella West, an Italian restaurant, just opened in Edgewater and is an offshoot of the famous Acappella in Manhattan. The NYC famed eatery was where the first episode of the hit show was filmed and the owners decided to open a second location in the home state of the TV characters. Everything is exactly the same as the original Tribeca hot spot including the entrees like a rack of lamb and a whole bronzino, which are cooked table side. You’ll also be able to indulge in the complimentary Italian meats and cheeses and house-made flavored grappa.
“Acappella West transports you on a culinary journey through the heart of Northern Italy,” reads the Open Table description. “As you step into our main dining room adorned with a classic mahogany bar that seats up to 90, the Tuscan textured walls against a turn of the century exposed brick backdrop whisks you away to another time and place.” There’s even a Renaissance Era portrait of Duke Federico da Montefebre of Urbino keeps watching over the acclaimed restaurant.
While this interior is certainly a cozy spot in the winter months, there will also be an outdoor patio in the summer for diners to enjoy.