5. Centanni’s Meat Market and Satriale’s Porkstore
The pilot episode of The Sopranos was shot in the summer of 1997, almost two years before it aired on HBO in the winter of 1999. As is typical with many series, not everything from the pilot episode stayed the same once the show got picked up. One change was the pork store location. In the pilot, we’re introduced to some of Tony’s crew – Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico), Sil (Steven Van Zand), and Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) – outside of Centanni’s Meat Market. Centanni’s is a real store that is still in operation in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and looks the same as it did more than 25 years ago.
For the rest of the series, the gang meets outside Satriale’s. Satriale’s is a fictional store created for the show. Scenes at the fictional business were shot at 101 Kearny Ave in Kearny, New Jersey, a vacant building used exclusively for filming purposes. The building was torn down in 2007. Before the wrecking crew came in, however, the owner came up with the idea to sell bricks from the facade as souvenirs to fans of the show. Satriale’s was resurrected in Paterson, New Jersey for an appearance in the Sopranos movie, The Many Saints of Newark, starring James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini as a young Tony Soprano.
6. Bucco’s Vesuvio and Nuovo Vesuvio
The restaurant of Tony’s childhood friend Arthur Bucco (John Ventimigli) is another location that changes throughout the series. In the pilot, the exterior of 91 Elizabeth Avenue in Elizabeth, New Jersey stood in for Artie’s restaurant. At the time of filming, this was a restaurant called Manolo’s. This building is still a restaurant today but under a different name, Del Porto. Artie’s restaurant “mysteriously” catches fire in the pilot episode and he opens up a new location in the second season. For later seasons of the show, a Queens restaurant called Punta Dura was used as a filming location, along with Silvercup Studios. That restaurant is now an event space called Anemos. In the show, both Tony and Carm, the mob crew, and the Soprano family frequent Vesuvio.