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“Too little, too late”
Review of Sofi Restaurant

Sofi Restaurant
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Ranked #459 of 10,076 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian, International
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Cross street: Harrison and Polk
Reviewed 17 February 2014

This was my second visit to Sofi. I'd liked it the first time so returned with a group of colleagues from the conference we were attending in Chicago. It was a terrible evening. Nothing wrong with the food, and it's a nice, intimate little place. The problem was the service. The waiter took our orders fairly soon after we'd had a chance to study the menus; we all had a first and a second course. The first course took a while too arrive, but that seemed OK, since we all expected the second would be coming right along after the first was cleared. Wrong! We sat and waited, and waited, and waited. We finished all of our wine. And waited some more. Meanwhile, the waiter was bustling around serving other tables, Finally he came around with some water and filled everyone's glass but ours -- three people at the far end of the table. We had to flag him down (with difficulty) to ask for water! FINALLY he told us that the kitchen was short handed and that the long wait was "Not his fault." Maybe not, but at the very least he could have informed us of the problem much, much earlier. In the end, our dinners took TWO HOURS from the time we arrived, the waiter insisting again that it "wasn't his fault." The service was really about the worst I've ever had anywhere. It was negligent, careless, and unpleasant. I would never, never return to this restaurant, nor would I recommend it to anyone who expects courteous service. Sofi is not some cheap chow house but a fine-dining venue, not cheap. Inexcusable carelessness.

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Thank erster
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

This new addition to Chicago's vibrant restaurant scene is superlative. Classic Northern Italian cuisine that you can only find in the top restaurants of Milan, this beautiful new place is not to be missed. Wonderful food, wonderful service in a great setting, worth going out of your way to enjoy.

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Thank Derek H
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Very welcoming, beautiful wine and delightful food and quality .
A lovely find just round the corner from our hotel Wynham Blake.
Veal was tender and the spaghetti vongole had a fantastic flavour.
We would recommend and hope to visit again soon.

Thank Paola G
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

This was a recommendation from our nearby hotel, and the food is certainly very good. The menu had such a compelling choice that I asked for a couple of half portions as mains, to get the most coverage of it. We liked the atmosphere too, classy and calm. There is some room for improvement in the service however, which was a bit slow (not enough staff waiting on?) and resulted in at least one of the dishes (the risotto) arriving lukewarm at best. Given this, the prices seemed a bit high too.

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Thank railbuffs
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Located in Printer's Row, just south of the Loop. Sofi is owned by Maurizio Michi, a member of an Italian family whose heritage stretches back to Milan's prestigious family owned "Girarrosoto". The menu reflects northern Italian cuisine. The wine menu is a boutique collection of Italian varietals. Our first meal was excellent: the special of lobster and pasta, and the veal Milanese. Great Mesclun salad. Attentive service.

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