New Jersey Filming Locations From "The Sopranos"

Actual New Jersey Locations Where "The Sopranos" Was Filmed

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Pizzaland From 'The Sopranos' Opening Sequence

Pizzaland from The Sopranos Opening Sequence
Pizzaland from The Sopranos Opening Sequence. Heather Cross

Pizzaland is featured in "The Sopranos" opening sequence as Tony Soprano drives home. This actual pizzeria at 260 Belleville Turnpike, North Arlington, New Jersey, is just north of the city of Newark and west of Jersey City.

The pizzeria was opened in 1965 by Italian immigrant Frank Di Piazza. The pizzeria has changed hand several times since and is now owned by Eddie Twdroos. 

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Satriale's (the Pork Store)

This building in Kearny, NJ is owned by HBO - it is a fully dressed set, as featured in The Sopranos. The pig is only placed on the roof when they are shooting, due to theft.
Stephen Hanafin/Wikimedia Commons

In the pilot episode of "The Sopranos," the pork store scenes were shot at Centanni's Meat Market in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

For subsequent episodes, location scouts found a former auto parts store, which had been abandoned at 101 Kearny Avenue in Kearny, New Jersey. HBO transformed the location for filming as the exterior of Satriale's Pork Store, a completely fictional location.

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Father Phil's Church

Father Phil's Church from The Sopranos
Father Phil's Church from The Sopranos. Heather Cross

The Soprano family's Catholic Church where Father Phil is a priest is actually not a Catholic Church at all. The Sopranos filming crew used St. George's Orthodox Church located in Clifton, New Jersey. 

Father Phil is best remembered for loving Carmela Soprano's ziti and for the night they spent together drinking a little too much Chianti wine. 

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Apartment Building

Apartment Building Used in The Sopranos
Apartment Building Used in The Sopranos. Heather Cross

This corner building is down the street from the shooting location of Satriale's Pork Store in Kearny, New Jersey. It was used as an apartment building. Shooting locations were chosen because they were close to one another, on corner locations, and had lots of available parking—this building fit all three requirements.

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Joe's Bake Shop

Joe's Bake Shop
Joe's Bake Shop. Heather Cross

In episode 8 of the first season, Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) replicates a Goodfellas scene by shooting a baker in the foot. Joe's Bake Shop is located on Ridge Road, at the corner of Juancey Street in North Arlington, New Jersey.

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Skyway Diner

Skyway Diner, where Christopher Moltisanti was shot in The Sopranos
Skyway Diner - where Christopher Moltisanti was shot in The Sopranos. Heather Cross

In the "Full Leather Jacket" episode (Episode No. 21) Christopher Moltisanti was shot by Matt Bevilaqua, and Sean Gismonte in front of the Skyway Diner in Kearny, New Jersey. This diner is no longer in operation. It had been popular as a filming location and also served as the central location for Uma Thurman's 2002 movie "Hysterical Blindness."

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Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero's Parking Lot

Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero's Parking Lot
Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero's Parking Lot. Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to (June 22, 2002)

After getting caught for selling heroin, Federal agents were able to plea bargain with Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero, to get him to wear a wire in order to build State's evidence against Tony Soprano. This vacant lot in Harrison, New Jersey, that overlooks the Newark skyline is where Big Pussy would meet with the Feds.

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Bada Bing Strip Club

Bada Bing Filming Location
Bada Bing Filming Location. Heather Cross

Satin Dolls is the real name of the Bada Bing strip club in "The Sopranos." Satin Dolls is a gentleman's club located in Lodi, New Jersey, on Route 17. Some of the girls that dance at the club are the same girls that are in "The Sopranos."

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Bada Bing Parking Lot

Bada Bing Parking Lot
Bada Bing Parking Lot. Heather Cross

The Bada Bing parking lot is where Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) beat up and murdered Tracee, one of the girls from the Bada Bing who was pregnant with his baby. One faux pax from the show that didn't track with actual laws in New Jersey is that dancers are not allowed to be topless where alcohol is served.